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Kelly Borsheim's Original Pastel Paintings

[silhouetted smoking man in doorway in Florence, Italy - art pastel figure painting]

"La Pausa"

25" x 18.5"
Pastel on black Firenze paper
© 2010
Kelly Borsheim

[Framed with offset white mat, black wood frame, & Museum Glass]

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"La Pausa" - Original Pastel Painting

There is a certain restaurant on the Oltrarno side of Florence, Italy, by which I passed on my way home each night after streetpainting. One night I noticed a cook silhouetted in the doorway taking a break. It was an intriguing image, and I stopped to observe for as long as I could despite how tired I was. I hope that you enjoy this composition in blue, black, white, and purple.

One of the Italian phrases that I learned when I ran the Open Studio in Florence was "Facciamo una pausa." It means, "Let's take a break." I would say this when it was time for the model to step out of pose for a bit. Then once the breaktime was over, I would tell everyone in the room, "Ricominciamo." [Let us start again.]

This painting was created in pastels -- pure pigment -- on black Firenze-brand paper. Like all of Kelly's pastel and charcoal artworks, this one has been treated with a fixative spray and will ship safely to your home or office.

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