"Libri Riviste E Fumetti" - Original Pastel Painting
Back to memories of Florence, Italy, … I knew that at some point I would paint Piazza Ciompi in Florence. There is a seemingly random-appearing raised platform of stone with square columns and repeating arches over it, right next to a flea market - antique shops that are more like sheds. This platform appears to have had no purpose other than marking one part of an edge of this mid-sized piazza.
During one of my many walks past this structure, I noticed the light filtering into the city and between these square columns. To my delight, a young woman was enjoying a moment in the winter sun reading her book while leaning against one of these columns. I stopped in my tracks and began to work out the painting in my mind. Later, as I got closer, I realized that she was a friend of mine! Even better.
This pastel painting (only a 9" x 12" on panel) is titled after the sign on the "shed" behind the reading girl. It says simply, "Libri, Riviste E Fumetti", Italian for "Books, Magazines, and Comic Books."
~ Kelly Borsheim
Detail images (above)
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