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Kelly Borsheim's Original Pastel Paintings

"Tuscan Vista"

18.5" x 25"
Pastel & charcoal on green Firenze paper
© 2010
Kelly Borsheim

Private Collection
Georgetown, Texas

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[Tuscany landscape vista Italy - art pastel drawing plein air painting]

"Tuscan Vista" - Original Landscape Pastel Painting

[Italian landscape Tuscan Vista pastel art]
This pastel artwork was created as my way of easing into en plein air painting. This is the unforgettable view from my bedroom window in the countryside outside of Florence, Italy. Landscape artists tend to tell me that they do not understand how I can go life drawing since the figure is so complicated. But as an artist who started with the human figure, landscape painting has always seemed intimidating to me. There is so much information! So, I sort of cheated, I guess. Instead of being out in the open air, I set up my easel inside the house next to the bedroom window. Each night (that I was home), I drew for about an hour or so. At first, I thought I would just make a square composition because that was all that I could see from one vantage point. But later, I decided that I liked having more on the right, with the distant hills and more olive trees in the foreground. I feel lucky to be here. And I am enjoying my love affair with pastels. And, of course, with Tuscany.

This painting was created in pastels -- pure pigment -- on a highly textured watercolor 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.

This is the view I saw from my window, with apologies for the black mosquito screen:
[Tuscan Vista original hills olive groves vineyards Italy]

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