Friday, August 6, 2010

Assisi Pastel


When I am teaching art to kids that have been taking classes for awhile (especially the teenagers) I tell them to find things to work on that are meaningful to them, something they care about or an idea that moves them. It gives what you do so much more meaning when there is love or passion behind it.

This is the view looking up towards the top of Assisi, from the Basilica of Saint Francis. It's from a photo I took my first evening in Assisi in 2008. Everything was magical including the clouds moving over the medieval city. It's fun drawing a place you love. It somehow brings you back ... connects you to that place. I began this pastel just before I returned to Assisi in May this year and finished it after returned, so I guess it feels like it has energy from both of my journeys to Assisi.


Assisi 2010 pastel on La Carte paper


Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks
for another day of loving.

~ Kahlil Gibran

11 comments:

Diana Strinati Baur said...

Your posts have been breathtaking. Visually beautiful, deep and provoking.

We had Kalil Gibran's work, including this, read at our wedding.

ArtSparker said...

Looks like a pathway to Heaven

A Brush with Color said...

Beautiful! I came to tell you I watched "Seraphine" tonight--what a wonderful, poignant film. Thank you so much for telling me about her and the film. I loved it. I'm going to search out more about her...

Theresa said...

I LOVE this.

joanne May said...

Dear Lucinda,
It is so lovely to read that you encourage your art students in such a positive way. It is very true about putting your heart and soul into something creative.
Your pastel drawing of Assisi is very beautiful and I especially love the strong green colour. Really wonderful.
Jo.x

KathyA said...

Such feeling that painting evokes!

Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks for sweet comments!

Sue, I am so glad you liked the movie!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I love the idea of asking young people to look deep inside. So much of their world can be superficial. Good for you. Will you post some of their results? Cheers.

Loree said...

I think it's a very beautiful painting. Well done. You have captured the essence of the place.

Don said...

What a beautiful pastel. I like what you said about having passion for your subject- so true!

Diana Strinati Baur said...

I needed a dose of inspiration again today, so i came back to you.