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Pastel of via Guiseppe Libertini, Lecce, Puglia, Italy

Posted On: Tuesday 16th October 2012
Summary: First post of a series from a painting expedition in southern Italy two weeks ago. This is a street scene in Lecce, painted plein air in pastels

Blog Tags: Landscape painting   Outdoor painting   Plein air   Pastels painting   Townscapes   People   Buildings   People in paintings   Street scene   Painting in Italy   

lecce in pastelsIn the space of 8 days in southern Italy I painted a little over 20 pastels, and I'll start blogging them today. Not all were a success, but this one was a joy to do. There is a time of the day when only "mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun" as I think Noel Coward said. This is siesta time and the streets are empty and even the dogs have a snooze. At such a time one can settle down on a door step - as here - and paint without disturbance.

Lecce is a beautiful Baroque city, a bit off the beaten track, in Puglia - the heel of Italy. This is about 9"x12" on the smooth side of Canson pastel paper. Begun with a little outlining with brushpen, continued with soft pastels and finished here and there with fine willow charcoal (like for the telegraph wires. This scene would be pretty boring without figures in it, and I have been careful to include people in most of my Italian street scenes.


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