Many artists dream about painting in Italy. Now, as retiring baby-boomers are increasingly taking up “brush and pallet knife,” more than ever, painting in Italy is the “thing.” Every day, a new “Artist’s” tour of Italy crops up in travel sections of the newspaper and on the Internet. But there still remains a majority of artists who prefer to “go it alone.” They are independent in their artistic styles, and prefer to be independent regarding their travels in Italy . This blog intends to target these free spirited artists who still need guidance to the best places to paint, especially those idyllic gems that are little known and less traveled. Certainly, independent travelers who are not artists will also benefit from this blog.

With a few exceptions, this blog is not a guide to restaurants, lodging, rental cars, or shopping, (except for art supplies.)

Sprinkled among the posts are: my paintings, and a few Italian proverbs and poems written by notable Italian authors for whom I work as a translator.

Please visit my website to view my original art:


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Monday, March 2, 2009

Art Blog Day 2

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the workings of this blog. I could have painted a fair portion of the Sistine Chapel with the time I've spent configuring, reconfiguring, remembering passwords and user words and ID numbers. Am I really that computer-challenged, or did all the millions of bloggers out there suffer the same brain-squeeze?

Whenever I get writer's block or painter's block (Yes, painters experience the same dead zone) I use this trompe l'oeil painting, pictured in the upper right hand corner, as a meditation tool to help sweep out the cobwebs and get back on track. You can view this painting and other trompe l'oeil window scenes on my web site: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com/

I had no plans to clutter my blog with a lot of ads or gadgets, but I couldn't resist the cool English/Italian dictionary. Check it out.

Is it "Happy Hour" yet?
Ciao, Pam

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