Villa in Paradiso
Pastel on sanded, mounted Wallace paper
At breakfast, in my cute little hotel in Assisi, I met my new friend Nick. (Nick is the one who joined me for my birthday/cooking lesson dinner.) Well, anyway, Nick and I got to talking over our morning cappuccinos, about how I wanted to take artists to Umbria to do plein air pastels. When I said this, his eyes got big, and he said he knew of what could possibly be the perfect place … in a place called Paradiso.
He introduced me to Valeria, the contessa who owned the place, and the three of us ended up driving out there. It was just North-East of the old town of Assisi.
Her place was on a hill and upon exiting the car, I felt like I had taken a ride to visit heaven, for the afternoon. There are two main structures on the property. That's Nick, above, in front of the main house.
A little music for the visit …
The mist on the valley below, made it all the more magical. It made me think of a magical place like Avalon, as we stood there on that glorious December day. It couldn't have been more perfect.
Love is a portion of the soul itself,
and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing
of the atmosphere of paradise.
Looking into the studio, workroom area ...
Her master bedroom ...
Paradise is open
to all kind hearts.
~Pierre Jean de Beranger
I loved her ceramic Mary so much, I decided to do a pastel of her …
Our Lady, in Umbria
Pastel on Uart paper
Looking up at the converted barn/farmhouse ...
Look familiar? I recently posted this pastel, below, of this little building. (Little is relative, because I could fit my apartment in there, at least three times!) Love the stonework ...
Pastel on Wallace paper
Looking back at the main house ...
Inside the farmhouse ...
Yes, Paradiso is the perfect name for this beautiful place, nestled in magical Umbria.
Life is a paradise
for those who love things
with a passion.
~ Leo Buscalgia
Leaving, I hoped I would return to this piece of heaven. I have since learned from Valeria that she has sold the property. It makes me sad but I'm hoping the new owner will maybe turn it into a place one can visit!
In this photo, below, you can see the house in the distance. Sigh.
Heading back to Assisi … the Rocca Maggiore, on the hill.
After our visit to Paradiso, we headed to the main piazza for some food.
On Pizza Commune, there is a fantastic little wine and food shop, Bottega dei Sapori, where you can order up these wonderful antipasti of meats, cheeses and mushrooms … Oh my word! So yummy!!! Nick just asked Fabrizio to give us a combination of things, and it was all delicious!
I have to say, I don't usually eat meats like this, here in the States, but there … it's spectacular.
I still can't believe that, in another week, this will have been a year ago!
where love dwells.
~Jean Paul Richter
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful December!
Blessings and light!