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Kelly Borsheim's Original Pastel Paintings

"Le Scale dell'Eros"

67.5 x 48.5 cm (28" x 19")
Pastel and charcoal on Somerset paper
© 2010
Kelly Borsheim

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

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[stalking blue panther and luring woman on a staircase in Florence, Italy - art pastel drawing painting]
[detail temptress woman with stalking panther pastel art]
Detail of the temptress - figure art

"Le Scale dell'Eros" - Original Pastel and Charcoal Painting

"Le Scale dell'Eros" depicts an inviting woman with an advancing blue panther on a Tuscan flight of stairs. This original pastel and charcoal drawing by artist Kelly Borsheim is really about the laws of attraction and getting what one wants.

Although life is (and people are) more complicated than this (sometimes), in general the female energy lures to her what she wants, whereas the male energy is to actually go after what he wants. These are very different and dynamic means to a similar end. Few people are predictable and we each use different tactics at different times. "Stalker" or "Bait", "Danger" or "Fun" . . . ah, labels and the human psyche! Pick your poison.

My friend Ayala posed for me for this original artwork in the corridor of our flat in Florence, Italy, not far from Piazza Santo Spirito. I added the blue panther later once I clarified the idea I wanted to express in this artwork. Her figure is in charcoal, although the red flower in her hair and the blue highlights and darks of her hair and leggings are pure pastel. The rest of the painting is a mixture of pastel and charcoal. I did the drawing on Somerset paper. I used this paper once before on a purely charcoal drawing of a standing male figure, "Francesco". At that time, I found myself frustrated in not being able to add dark tones as easily as some other papers, but when I created this drawing of Ayala and the panther, I fell in love with the touchableness of the Somerset paper. Maybe it was just a matter of experience or even materials.

Although Ayala moved out of our flat (and we were only flatmates for one day -- her leaving after four years and my taking over the room of a dear friend) and soon I will, too, our other flatmate, Tomaso (a model and musician, as well as fiorentino) actually named this artwork "Le Scale dell'Eros". So, I have been enjoying the inspirations in Florence AND a little help from my friends! I hope that you enjoy this artwork.
Thanks so much,

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.

[detail temptress woman with stalking panther pastel art]
Detail of the panther - original pastel art

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