Butterflies in the Stomach

This softground Series began during a series of Workshops with Eugenio Cecioni.


This is Japan, my first soft ground, dedicated to the Fukushima disaster.

farfalla ovale1 farfalla (green)farfalla tondo

Then came the small Butterflies…

olive butterflies

The Tuscan Butterflies is a a watercoloured softground, created using olive flowers.

butterflies vortex

while the Butterfly Vortex is both softground and Hardground etching, watercoloured..

tre farfalle

the Three Butterflies is made with the use of Ginkgo Biloba leaves.

I don’t always watercolour this one..

I customized this one with a calligraphy caption I wrote:

The Butterflies are aware of that feeling deep inside of you, that warns you you’re upset.

They don’t exist, but they still help you.


my exhibition @PopCafé

I’m having an exhibition with a few tiny etchings, and some large ones, till the 9th of June.

Each etching is paired with a poem of mine.

Pop Café is in the wonderful Piazza Santo Spirito in the heart of Florence, and is open from 8am to 2am!

See you there!

We grow, we age.

We grow, we age.

Sometimes day by day, sometimes years at a time, as quickly as a wink.

We age, we grow, sometimes. 

Less and less. 

Less memory. 

Less and less agile. 

Less playtime. 

Sensing absent senses.

Cotton wool in his ears, soul and heart.
A life of needs, not dreams.

Dreams are now read. 

With glasses.
 Desires, regrets of moments, of overwhelming passions, of spectacular sunsets. 
Back to taking care of loved ones, like a generation ago. 

The lives of others parade in front of you.
Puppies cannot get up on their tired limbs; sleepless nights waiting for a premonitory moan . 

Help others,  it might happen to you, if luck assists you. 
Assist others, and maybe you will be assisted, god and humans permitting.
 Splinters of mortality creep inside me. Last night I lost another playful piece of myself.

There is no life without play. 

Purgatory is a place where you lose every game, but hell is where you do not play.
 Let’s hope death will find me alive.
“Cresciamo, invecchiamo.”

A volte giorno per giorno, a volte di anni interi, tutto in un batter d’occhio.

Invecchiamo, cresciamo,

a volte.

Sempre meno.

Sempre meno memoria.

Sempre meno agilità.

Sempre meno gioco.
Sentore di sensi assenti.

Ovatta nelle orecchie, nell’anima, nel cuore.
Vita di bisogni, non più di sogni.

I sogni ormai si leggono.

Con gli occhiali.

rimpianti di momenti, 

di passioni travolgenti, 

di tramonti stupefacenti.
Di nuovo a prendersi cura dei cari, come una generazione fa.

La vita altrui la vedi sfilare davanti a te.

I cuccioli non si alzano più sulle stanche membra; notti insonni in attesa di un mugolio premonitore.
Aiuti gli altri, poi toccherà a te, se la fortuna ti assiste.

Assisti, e forse verrai assistito

a dio e agli umani piacendo.
Schegge di mortalità si insinuano in me.

Stanotte ho perso un altro pezzo giocoso di me.
Non c’è vita senza gioco.

Il purgatorio è un luogo dove perdi ad ogni partita, ma l’inferno è dove non si gioca.
Speriamo che morte mi colga vivo.

To work with a burnisher…

As a second state, I added a softground to the initial tiny etching I worked on specifically for a Spanish mini print contest.

The background was far too dark.

It was hiding the two tiny guys who were trying to escape time by running away from the hourglass.

I worked with the burnisher, till I was satisfied with the result, and then applied a 220/1000 and 1200 sandpaper.

This is this final result of the second state.