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Piazza Umberto I, Uggiano, Puglia, Italy, painted in pastels

Posted On: Wednesday 31st October 2012
Summary: Uggiano is another small Puglian town with typical Italian style and colour. This was painted in pastels over siesta time while everything was rather quiet

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

piazza in Uggiano italy in pastelsGetting towards the end of my series of pastels of italian piazzas. Piazza UmbertoI in Uggiano has a lovely sense of space and proportion. A lived in, human-scaled place. One could imagine this place being the hub of the town's social and religious activities for many centuries. And here am I, a passer-by, thinking he can capture all of that in a moment with a cake and coffee and some pastels.

It can't be done, but I have located on a piece of paper some small sense of those qualities to my own satisfaction anyway. Out of curiosity, since returning home, I have sought out this viewpoint in Google street view. And sure enough, there it is, in detail. But it looks flat and dull compared with my pastel. I believe that the artist's eye somehow conveys those things that a mere snap cannot do. When I look at the painting I remember all sorts of small emotions as I painted, and it's beyond what technique alone can accomplish. I wish I could explain this better.

13"x19" soft pastels on Canson paper


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