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.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I recently completed the above still life painting in my winter art workshop conducted by Elizabeth Sennett. Once again, her expert advice saved me from pulling the cloth out from under the pears and pitching the lot into the trash heap. In my opinion, anyone who says that the more you paint, the easier it gets, is living on another planet. You can view this painting in the Trompe L'oeil Gallery on my website at: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com/
Mi piacciono tanto i colori in questo quadro che ho dipinto nella classe di “Still Life” con la maestra Elizabeth Sennett. Senza la sua direzione, avrei gettato il quadro nel bidone della spazzatura. Secondo me, chiunque che dice che con ogni quadro che dipinge diventerà più facile, abita su un altro pianeta. Si puo` vedere il quadro nella galleria di Trompe L'oeil sul mio website:

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