- Charcoal Drawing on Paper
- 17 x 23 inches
- Available, Framed
Il Ponte Vecchio - Firenze, Italia ~ Original Charcoal Drawing [Framed]
Florence, Italy, offers artists just about everything from great architecture, Tuscan hills, and people engaged in a variety of activities. The bonus and, of course, the subject of this original charcoal drawing is still the light, and those long shadows.
This is a beautiful view of a silhouetted Ponte Vecchio framing the next bridge upstream (the Ponte alle Grazie) with some Tuscan hills in the background. The reflections in the River Arno are quite peaceful and beautiful. And Maria the beggar woman who was almost a landmark herself while I lived in Firenze. Her figure is colored with pastel in a deep purple.
Florence has enough eye candy that she has been teaching me to just sit and watch in a way that I rarely have allowed myself to do since I was a child. I like to walk around Florence at many different times of day. One day I found myself sitting on the Ponte Vecchio (Öld Bridge" in Italian) behind the bust of Cellini. I had time that day to stay a while and watch the lives of various figures intermingling on this famous bridge in the Renaissance City.
I tend to be a fan of back-lighting, even if I am often blinded or even crying a bit as I draw. But seriously, what an effect the light has! And I try to tackle some new challenge with each artwork that I create. For example, this is the first drawing in which I have depicted a crowd of people. I like all of the abstract patterns. This drawing is completely in charcoal, except for black pastels to give me a darker tone than I can get with only charcoal. And, the old woman standing alone, wanting the attention of the others, has been colored with pastels. This may have been a subconscious flashback to my days in the image preservation field, in which I oil painted on photographs printed onto a fiber paper.
Matted and framed in black, with glass for protection, this original artwork will ship from Hickory, North Carolina. [Write to me if you prefer to pick her up yourself.]
~ Kelly Borsheim, artist
P.S. Payment plans are accepted on all of my works, no finance charge. You set the date and the amount that you would like to pay each month. One-third of the price [regardless of when that balance is reached] becomes the non-refundable deposit. However, in the event that you change your mind or situation, this deposit may be applied towards any other available Borsheim Artwork. Please contact me if this original charcoal and pastel drawing interests you.