Saturday, November 19, 2011

View from Assisi ~ in Pastel

When the uniqueness of a place
sings to us like a melody,
then we will know,
at last,
what it means to be home.

~Paul Gruchow

I can't seem to resist doing pastel paintings of places I love, especially Italy.

When I am working on the pastel, I feel connected to the place, as if there is a dialog between myself and the far away place I miss so much.

I am expressing my love for it, and somehow it answers back ...

I will always be here ...

View from Assisi October 2011
Pastel with watercolor underpainting

If you haven't seen it already, here is my slideshow (with beautiful music, I can't take credit for!) from my first trip to Assisi.

All journeys have secret destinations
of which the traveler is unaware.

~Martin Buber

Hope you are all being blessed with an amazing weekend!

Hugs and light!


Marty said...

I really love this pastel ! wonderful colours ! This place is
gorgeous !
wish you a nice sunday

Candy said...

Hi, Lucinda! Your pastel is lovely. I enjoyed your slideshow. Your sketching spot is perfect.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

lovely work usual! Dreaming of day!

Bob Bushell said...

The colours and shapes of paintimg is beautiful, thanks Lucinda.

Theresa said...

Your artwork is so beautiful. Have you heard of Italian artist Dario Campanile? He is a dear friend of ours.

donna baker said...

Lucinda, I loved that slideshow. I saw St. Francis' cloak and rope belt in a Florence museum. I love that he loved animals. If my memory serves me, I believe I read he liked crows the most.

Joop Zand said...

Lovely place to be Lucinda.

warm greetings and a nice sunday.



Many thanks for your kind comment about my last painting , but more thanks because today you gave me the chance to explore your very interesting blog and your wonderful art work !!!
I enjoyed the amazing trip to Assisi in Italy , really is very beautiful place !!!
All the best in your life and have happy and calm Sunday!!!

Victoria said...

Super beautiful art..and gorgeous vid..magical...i have been transported!Thankyou!

Tammie Lee said...


your pastel is gorgeous!
sometimes i wonder if you will live in Italy?! you love it so. i feel that way about Montana.

I also love this quote:

All journeys have secret destinations
of which the traveler is unaware.

~Martin Buber

thank you~

Franz said...

Assisi è un luogo magico,pieno di spiritualità e ricca di spunti da dipingere,il tuo è un ottimo lavoro!!
Ciao,felice settimana!

Assisi is a magical place, full of spirituality and full of ideas to paint, yours is a great job!
Hello, happy week!

Leovi said...

I love that beautiful pastel drawing, a delight to contemplate the delicious combination of colors you used to do. The slide show is delightful.

Suzanna said...

I really enjoyed the slide show...I've never been there, so it was a special treat. I have a statue of St. Francis in my dove aviary. Also I understand how profound it is to paint a beloved location...your pastel is so luminous!

;) said...

What a lovely and beautiful work!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW. I knew you were a thespian, but I had no idea you could also paint...chèrie, merci mille fois, GRAZIE MILLE pour ta visite!!!! BON THANKSGIVING! Anita

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the video, it's wonderful! The painting really shows the same mood. Well done.

Unknown said...

I love this entry and pastel painting, watercolor based, is very fine and subtle
Greetings .-

Loree said...

Assisi is so beautiful and your art really conveys that beauty.

Style, She Wrote said...

Such beautiful pastels and prose! No truer words have been said. xo style, she wrote

Prospero said...

CV, the asceticism of ancient stone and humble construction is perfectly limned in these muted, earthy colors.

Japy said...

Beautiful pastel. I love it. Greetings.

A Brush with Color said...

Fabulous, Lucinda! That pastel totally captures the essence of Assisi. Kudos! And the slides are taking me back there...bellissimo! Happy Thanksgiving!

Punctuation Mark said...

beautiful post!!! Happy Thanksgiving eve!

Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you all so much for your comments!
I love sharing my favorite places!

And yes, Tammie I hope to live there someday! :)

CG Walters said...

Absolutely wonderful work!!!
Thank you.
blessings and continued inspiration,

Celeste Goulding said...

Your view of Assisi is wonderful! I am so very glad to know that you are a teacher, as you are just as a teacher ought to be! Inspiring! Thank you for visiting my blog and artworks too, it's lovely to meet you :)