I returned from Italy on August 3rd, 2016 after one month painting there. I stayed in a villa in a small rural area, Vitiano, near Cortona in Tuscany. My painting compadre Paul Reuther and I painted roughly 25 out of the 30 days we were there, traveling to various small hill towns in the region. I returned with 17 paintings, some of them completed, but others requiring more work, and I have been finishing them this summer. A few of them have already appeared on the website.

painted from life during a "palio" (horse race) in a small Tuscan town. The horses were painted from an impression that was based on observing them for about two seconds!

It was a wonderful trip, we lucked out with great weather, and the beauty of the various towns is spectacular. We painted in: Cortona, Castiglion di Fiorentino, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Lucignano, Castiglion del Lago, Firenze (Florence), Vitiano, Pienza, Siena, and Casale d'Elba. I am hoping to have all of the Italian paintings finished, scanned, and posted to this site by the end of October, 2016. I will probably be returning to Italy in the summer of 2017.

sitting on a wall in Cortona, painting...

In the meantime, I will be exhibiting in the Rittenhouse Square Art Show on Friday through Sunday, September 16-18th. My booth is #125, directly across from PARC Restaurant on 18th Street, just north of Locust Street. I will have roughly 25 original oil paintings on display there, some of the new Italian views, plus a potpourri of Philadelphia and Buenos Aires scenes, etc. I have participated in this show almost every year since 1990, and I always meet new people and get new clients, as well as reconnected with my "peeps!"

I will also be exhibiting in the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Event in Chestnut Hill, on Sunday, September 25th ( ). My booth is roughly across from the Starbucks. In contrast to the Rittenhouse Show, which is of only original oil paintings, this show will feature my PRINTS and NOTE CARDS, as well as original work. My son, Julian Cushing, will also be exhibiting, a few booths away from me. This is his website:

my NEW PRINT: "New Arrivals, Broad and Cherry Street, Philadelphia Circa 1905." 24 x 36" $50.00

I continue to work on my large painting of tango dancers at Buttonwood Tango Studio. i worked on the painting from life over a six week period last spring, and am now finishing with reference to Facebook photos of my tango friends. I am expecting to complete it this fall, and it will be "unveiled" at some point at Buttonwood Tango Studio. Below is a photo taken by Kelly Ray of the WORK IN PROGRESS. It has advanced quite a bit beyond this stage by now. There is still space in the painting for another couple for interested buyers who are not already depicted! The finished painting will also be available in print form.

WORK IN PROGRESS after about a month of painting about 4 hours a week on site at Buttonwood tango Studio. Look for completed painting soon!