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Love In Italia For Valentine’s Day

By February 9, 2016February 10th, 20164 Comments

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I have had the thrill of painting in Lucca, Italia during several summers, in recent years. I love to paint a balcony scene that is on a large square with an important cathedral. The real windows are often closed because of the hot, summer sunlight. When I have painted the scene, I have flung open the windows and added a couple in love. Love on Valentine’s Day – or in Italy, any day! I have museum quality gicleé prints on German etching paper available for sale, as well as blank cards, of this lovely scene.

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Here is the young couple in an embrace. The curtain is blowing to represent life and love. The days I have spent in Italy have been grace-filled days. They have been days filled with beauty, good food, kind friends and lovely color everywhere. Such beauty has been restorative to my soul, mending fragile areas, and encouraging my heart.

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This particular balcony has many pots of bright red flowers and flowers hanging on the stucco walls. The lively reds help me to see past dark days fighting cancer, and dark days healing from hard parts of my story.

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I have seen the windows open when I was on one, maybe two, of my trips to Lucca, and it was fun to see the long white curtains blowing a bit in the breeze. Such life! I have exaggerated the blowing of the curtains in this watercolor. The wild curtain expresses my joy I have experienced in this town.

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I’ve used washes of sienna to suggest shadows under the pots. A blue vase is casually tucked by one of the window shutters.

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Here is a photograph of the real balcony in Lucca with the windows closed. It’s a much more lively scene to have the windows open! This photo must have been taken during the heat of the day, or when I was wandering around early in the morning. If you’d like to buy a print or a set of cards, please let me know at marcia2010@swissmail.org. The prints are 11×14 for $40 / includes shipping costs. The cards are 10 blank 5×7 cards for $25 / shipping costs included. Please include your hard copy address when you email, and I’ll give you an address where you can mail payment. I only have 10 prints in this edition. Enjoy love in Italia!

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The front of my art cards.

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11×14 gicleé museum quality print.

Trisha Olsen

Trisha Olsen

www.thecreativecall.net

4 Comments

  • Susan Powell says:

    I love this one,too!!! Now I’m in a quandary,of wanting the 9×12? Print of This One…but have already committed to the Venice print…*would need to wait till next month’s SS Day arrived (the 3rd) to purchase this one too…is that a possibility? The ‘story/memories’ that you wrote about here really touched my heart,and brought another ‘small glimpse’ of your journey through the ‘dark days’,and how well you have learned to ’embrace the Light ,life and joy’ that you find ‘everywhere He sends you’…He has ‘gifted you’ in such a unique and creative way! I just dearly love you,sweet Sister-Friend. And keep you ever-close in my prayers.Sue4Him 💕🙏

    On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 5:38 PM, Art Engaging Story wrote:

    > marciacarole posted: ” I have had the thrill of painting in Lucca, Italia > during several summers, in recent years. I love to paint a balcony scene > that is on a large square with an important cathedral. The real windows are > often closed because of the hot, summer sunlight. Whe” >

  • Shirley Venkataraman says:

    This is one of the prints I have and really like it. Now it will mean even more after reading your memories from your trips. The Lord has given you such a beautifully creative gift. I love knowing the meaning behind your paintings! Again, He shine through you in so many ways. Love to you, Shirley V.

  • Rebekah says:

    Just got my print and I love it! Thank you!

  • Susan Powell says:

    💌

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