Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lake Como ... in Pastel

This is my latest finished pastel. Surprise, surprise ... Italy again! I just can't seem to help myself and with a few thousand photos from 3 trips ... I have a few photos to work from!

The pastel is from a photo taken at the incredible Villa Balbianello on Lake Como in 2008. It really is like something out of a dream. I loved Lake Como but who wouldn't? I keep thinking George Clooney should take me in as an artist in residence. You know, someone who could teach his guests to sketch and paint ... I'm just full of ideas! Ha!

Anyway, thought you might enjoy a little Italy today. I always do!

View from the Villa
pastel and watercolor underpainting on mounted Wallace paper

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como 2008

Villa Balbianello from the lake

Villa Balbianello

Varenna, Lake Como

Varenna, Lake Como

Menaggio, Lake Como

View from Varenna while having a cappuccino ;)

Lake fish ravioli ... mmmm (sorry don't mean to torture you -or me!)

Gate below the beautiful Villa Ciprese, Varenna ...

Bellagio, Lake Como

Varenna, Lake Como

Ahhhh. Now I want to go back! Enjoy your week and I hope you find what takes your breath away and inspires you too!

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you,
if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand,
rejoice, for your soul is alive.

~Eleonora Duse



David J. Bender said...

Very nice photos and pastel, not nice to tease us though. Ahh someday I'll make it to Italy.

KathyA said...

It's hard for me to choose which is more beautiful: the photos of that paradise or your pastel. Such talent!

PoetessWug said...

What beautiful views!!

jane said...

beautiful! all of them! i love your artist eye:)
p.s. my dream has always been to retire to maine and paint... however, i don´t paint... just a little envious right now :)
big hugs!

Cristina Deboni said...

Queste foto sono meravigliose e ben rendono la bellezza del lago che ho visitato più volte anni addietro...la foto del cancello mi piace più di tutte! Brava! Ciao : )

erin's art and gardens said...

dahling...stop. you are torturing me.....but in a really good way. it's just that i want to see these beautiful things too! some day...until then i will enjoy italy through you....

oh and that quote....speaks to me and i may have to copy you. thanks.


Loree said...

Oh what beauty. italy is so enchanting and those villas looks like something out of a fairytale. I never tire of your photos of this beautiful country.

Marisa said...

It's a long time since I was last in Italy. Thank you for your beautiful photographs and pastel They have reminded me just how lovely it is.

Marisa said...

It's a long time since I was last in Italy. Thank you for your beautiful photographs and pastel They have reminded me just how lovely it is.

Tammie Lee said...

ah, beautiful Italy~
your pastel is gorgeous, wishing you dreams come true.

Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous place and great photos!

Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!
Hope you're having a great week!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I've always wanted to visit this place since I saw the movie "A Month by the Lake". Lovely pastel and such inviting pictures to steal me away.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Thanks so much for thinking of us and all of your love and light...collective conscience and connecting with your fellow man is what it's all about. hugs to you as well...k


lovely pastel ...great shots lucinda ..love the gateway

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, you're killing me, Lucinda! My personal email isn't "loveitaly@..." for nothing. Your pastel is stunning, and just like what I remember from that part of Italy, too. Wonderful photos: just paintings waiting to happen!

BrandNewStudio said...

Thank you for sharing
This Wonderful Pictures
Good creations

Katie Parla said...

Absolutely stunning! Brava!

The Critic said...

I think I need to start reading poetry.