- Pastel on Black Italian Paper
- 25 x 18 inches
- Available, Framed with Museum Glass [low reflection brand]
La Pausa ~ Original Pastel PaintingThere is a certain restaurant on the Oltrarno side of Florence, Italy, by which I passed on my way home each night after street painting. One night I noticed a cook silhouetted in the doorway taking a break. It was an intriguing image, and I stopped to observe for as long as I could despite how tired I was. Then drew this composition in cobalt blue, white, and purple on black paper.
One of the Italian phrases that I learned when I ran the Open Studio drawing live model sessions in Florence was "Facciamo una pausa." It means, "Let's take a break." I would say this when it was time for the model to step out of pose for a bit. Then once the break-time was over, I would tell everyone in the room, "Ricominciamo." [Let us start again.]
This painting was created in pastels -- pure pigment -- on black Firenze-brand paper. Like all of my pastel and charcoal artworks, this one has been treated with a fixative spray. He is framed with offset white mat, black wood frame, & Museum Glass [low reflection brand], and will ship safely to your home or office from Norfolk, Virginia USA.