Carlo Romiti has been painting for years using earth which he himself collects.
His painting starts in the very same moment he scrapes at an embankment and collects the first handful of earth “di più ragioni di colori”, in the very same places described by Cennini.
The pursuit of an ancient technique and the constant research on colour and its application are a source of inspiration.
Sometimes it’s the earth itself with a different shade which suggests the painting, in a alternation of priority between subject and colour.
"E pervegnendo in un vallicello,
in una grotta molto salvatica,
e raschiando la grotta con una zappa,
io vidi vene di più ragioni di colori:
cioè ocria, sinopia scura e chiara, ..."
"The Book of Art or The Treatise on Painting"