"Pensive in Bologna" - Original Pastel Painting
Since I was a small child, I have had a habit of sitting and thinking (or maybe as the joke goes, “Sometimes I sit and think;
sometimes I just sit.”). I like to watch people move. I like to watch how their bodies express their true emotions. I enjoy imagining
the lives of others I see, but do not know. It intrigues me how people’s lives touch one another, no matter how briefly or seemingly insignificant.
The above pastel painting “Pensive in Bologna” was inspired by my first trip to Bologna, Italy, back in 2004. I went to Bologna
after receiving many recommendations from travelers along my route. They all described Bologna as having “good energy.” It is a university
town and the youth and inquiring minds do bring a certain something to the city that felt different than other places in Italy.
And then I saw this lone man, a grown man, gathering his legs in his arms as he sat in a sculpted doorway under a portico, for which Bologna is well-known. I have not forgotten him. And I sometimes catch myself wondering what his name is and what his life is like.
This painting was created with pastels and charcoal on Wallis Professional dark tan paper. It is a thick strong paper and
offers a subtle texture to the art. 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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