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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Saturday, August 25, 2012

De-Constructing David

De-constructing David
Occassionally, I like to chose a well-known image and scale it down to minimal lines, allowing the viewer's eyes to fill in the spaces.  Michelangelo's DAVID was the perfect image for this exercise.
Giclee prints of this design from greeting card size to poster size can be purchased at:  http://pamela-allegretto.fineartamerica.com

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Sunday, August 5, 2012


 Italian Poetry / Voglio Di Tenerezza / Luciano Somma

I recently completed the painting above: VEDUTA DI VESUVIO/VIEW OF VESUVIUS, and 
I thought this would be an appropriate space to insert one of Luciano Somma’s poems.   
Luciano has lived his entire life in Napoli and in VOGLIO DI TENEREZZA / TENDER FEELINGS,    
 his words about Napoli are like delicate brushstrokes that paint a rich, mental image. 
VOGLIO DI TENEREZZA is an excerpt from Luciano’s dual-language poetry book: 
You can find Luciano Somma at:

 The original acrylic on canvas painting can be purchased from my art website:  
Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size can be purchased at: 

Qualche giorni fa ho finito dipingere il quadro sopra: VEDUTA DI VESUVIO/VIEW OF VESUVIUS e pensavo 
che allora sarebbe il tempo giusto mettere la poema VOGLIO DI TENEREZZA di Luciano Somma. Luciano ha
 abitato tutta la sua vita a Napoli e nella poema, le sue parole per quanto riguarda Napoli sono come pennellate delicate
 che dipingono nelle menti gli immagini intensi. VOGLIO DI TENEREZZA è un brano dal 
suo libro di doppia lingua: “L’ALBA DI DOMANI/TOMORROW’S SUNRISE.”
Si può trovare Luciano Somma a:

Si puo` comprare il quadro originale al mio sito d'arte: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

Si uo` comprarne delle stampe di gliclee qui:   http://pamela-allegretto.fineartamerica.com

Questa sera     
profuma d’estate 
profuma di te    
un’aria di mare  
e volo confuso  
con la fantasia 
verso lidi lontani                                
il ricordo mi porta 
un sorriso  
e cresce 
come la pioggia in un fiume    
questa dannata voglia   
che ho dentro   
d’un soffio di tenerezza
una carezza  
per vivere.
Luciano Somma

This evening
summer’s perfume
your perfume
a sea air
inebriates me
and I fly confused
with fantasy
toward distant beaches                      
the memory brings me
a smile
and it grows
like rain in a river
this cursed desire
I have inside
of a warm whisper
a caress
to be alive.
Pamela Allegretto-Franz  (translation)