Italy

(Pen and Colored Pencils)
 

In May 2013 I visited Italy for the first time since a short journey in 1960.  I did small quick sketches, as I usually do on travels, and photographed the landscape.  When I returned home I completed the sketches with colour, and realized that I had fallen in love with Italy.  And so I continued to do paintings of this picturesque country for the next two years.  It is the first time that I have done serious paintings of a country other than Israel.

 

BEAUTY IN ITALY

 

Yes, we knew of Rome,

Florence and Torino and the other cities

of magnificent architecture 

the enchantment of Venice 

the opulence of San Marco 

the romance of Verona

 

but no one mentioned
medieval villages,

eleventh century churches,

the song of the blackbird

the swoop of the crow

the soar of the eagle  

and fat farm cats

the beauty of Nature 

that eludes the imagination

until you are in the midst of it

on the mountaintops 

with the sheep in summer

only cowbells jangling 

the ancient silence 

of flowers and trees

and snowcapped mountains

 

and the little flowers 

that grow between stones

 

 

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Alleyway near Lake Como
Alleyway near Lake Como

30.5 x 23 cm pen and colored pencils $500

View of Sarzana
View of Sarzana

30.5 x 23 cm pen and colored pencils $500

Positano
Positano

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Usurana area
Usurana area

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Tellaro with church
Tellaro with church

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Tellaro from above
Tellaro from above

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Lake Como
Lake Como

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Lago di Piano with swan
Lago di Piano with swan

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Cinque Terre 2
Cinque Terre 2

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Cinque Terre 3
Cinque Terre 3

30.5 x 23 cm. pen and colored pencils $500

Lake Como village
Lake Como village

20 x 15 cm. pen and colored pencils $280

Verzanna Cinque Terre
Verzanna Cinque Terre

20 x 15 cm. pen and colored pencils $280

House in Usurana
House in Usurana

20 x 15 cm. pen and colored pencils $280

Usurana
Usurana

20 x 15 cm. pen and colored pencils $280

Rio Maggiore Cinque Terre
Rio Maggiore Cinque Terre

20 x 15 cm pen and colored pencils $280

Manarola
Manarola

20 x 15 cm pen and colored pencils $280

Bellagio
Bellagio

20 x 15 cm pen and colored pencils $280