Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of my friends and family who enjoy the rich Mexican  heritage.

This is Rita, one hot Latina Jazz Diva. She rocks Jazz and wails the Blues and loves to “glam” it up.

You can view this original 16″x20″ acrylic on canvas painting on my website: http://www.PamelaAllegretto-Franz.com or purchase a giclee print (greeting cards, tote bags, etc.) at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-latina-jazz-diva-pamela-allegretto.html

     Ecco Rita. Una cantanta Latina molto caliente. Lei canta il Jazz ed i “Blues” con brio.

Si può vedere il quadro originale dipinto con acrilico su tela al mio website: http://www.PamelaAllegretto-Franz.com Oppure si può` comprarne delle stampe qui: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-latina-jazz-diva-pamela-allegretto.html

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On this joyful day, we should take some time to reflect on all those everyday things that we take for granted: a roof over our heads, lights, water, heat, food, a change of clean clothes, shoes, etc., etc., è cosi via. We need to be mindful that in a moment due to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, and bombs, we could lose these basics, including family and friends. So pay it forward. Do what you can when you can for as many as you can. Despite race, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, etc., we are all Mother Earth’s children. Spread the love.



The warm Tuscan sunset inspired the rich colors for this Tuscan Table painting. As I am not usually a still life painter, it was a bit of a struggle to keep my eggplant from looking like a mutant cucumber and my onion from taking on the appearance of a cherry on steroids.

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The original 11″x14″ acrylic on canvas painting is available for purchase from my “Trompe L’oeil Gallery” on my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

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In celebration of EARTH DAY, I thought I would post my painting  “TROPICAL TRINITY.” I’m not a fan of wishy-washy, muted colors, and so I played with the bold vivid colors that speak to me while hanging out in Paradise and sipping a smoothie made from bananas and pineapples and mangoes. Oh my!

Cheers to Mother Earth for bestowing us with these awesome fruits. I hope I did them a semblance of justice. Mother Earth provided us with clean water to drink, pure air to breathe, and non-polluted crops to eat. All She asks in return is that we take care of these gifts and keep them that way.

We are one, all Mother Earth’s children. I still have hope that in my lifetime I will see everyone, despite their race, ethnicity, religion, lack of religion, economic situation, sexual orientation, etc., treated with dignity. How hard is it, really, just to treat people the way you want to be treated?


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The Easter Bunny came early. No chocolate eggs but something much better, this lovely review from Mary Kay McCabe. She started reading the paperback, misplaced it, and finished the read on her Kindle. Such an enthusiastic reader is truly an author’s dream.

“Could not find my paperback copy of Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust  anywhere! Needed to read it, so I bought a copy on Kindle and spent the next 10 hours reading it! I have NEVER done that before, but could not put it down except to get something to eat or drink or to let my Border Collie out! Awesome book! Can’t wait for your next one! Loved the reference to your last book! Thanks so much for a great read.”

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST  is available in ebook and paperback at:

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I decided since today is April Fools’ Day, I would share a few Italian Proverbs regarding fools. These are just a bit of fluff for a light-hearted holiday.

“I stolti crescono senza innaffiarli.”

“Fools grow without watering.”

“I stolti inventano la moda e I savi la adottano.”

“Fools create the fashion and the wise adopt it.”

“I stolti per lettera sono I maggiori stolti.”

“Learned fools are the greatest fools.”

“Quando no dice niente, non è dal savio il stolto differente”.

“When no one speaks, the fool and the wise are equal.”

“Quando un dito indica la luna, solo gli stolti guardano il dito e mai la luna.” “When a finger points at the moon, only the fools look at the finger and never at the moon.”

“Ognuno può far della sua pasta gnocchi.”

“Everyone can make his own recipe for pasta.”

 OOPS!!! That doesn’t have anything to do with fools.


What does it really mean?

“If it’s yours, you can do as you like.”

As for the painting “STRONGER TOGETHER”:  no matter the shapes or colors of the petals, I wanted my flowers to have a party on my canvas where EVERYONE is invited. UNLESS, you are a racist, bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic bully, in that case, stay out of my garden. No fooling!

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Connecticut is a plein air artist’s paradise. In addition to the vibrant warm hues that dominate the fall landscape, an explosion of pink, yellow, violet, and rose proclaim spring.

The first time I painted this waterfall in East Hampton, it was early spring before the flowers and trees had a chance to bloom. And although the waterfall was lovely, I always felt the painting lacked pizzazz. So I went back and added some color.

The original acrylic on canvas painting has been sold. However, quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size are available at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/new-england-waterfall-pamela-allegretto.html

 Lo stato di Connecticut è un paradiso per gli artisti di plein air.  Oltre ai colori vivace dell’autunno, un esplosione di rosso, giallo, violetto, e rosa dichiarono la primavera.

Benchè mi elude l’abilità identificare i fiori coi nomi giusti, e si vede la mia mancanza della conoscenza floreale quando dipingo una margherita con le foglie d’una rosa, tuttavia, mi piace dipingere i fiori e li dipingerò ancora, se sono veri oppure fiori che vivono solamente nella mente.

Il quadro originale, dipinto con l’acrilico su tela, è stato venduto, però, si può comprarne dell stampe di Giclee qui:  http://fineartamerica.com/featured/new-england-waterfall-pamela-allegretto.html

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Beware the IDES OF MARCH!

March 15 has a notorious reputation: Julius Caesar was assassinated on that date in 44 B.C., the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas the II, abdicated the throne on the Ides of March in 1917 and the World Health Organization announced the deadly SARS outbreak on March 15, 2003.

I wonder if that venomous, insane invader from a far off land is fearfully watching the clock and counting down the hours left in this ominous day. “Et tu Brute?”

This watercolor was a first draft book cover for

“Midnight and the Magical Prairie Schooner” written by my good friend Denis Gessing. There’s nothing ominous about this book. It is a magical mystery ride from start to finish.

Quality Giclee prints from greeting cards to poster size, tote bags, pillows, etc. are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/guardians-pamela-allegretto.html

Information on purchasing a copy of this enchanting book can be found at:

 https://www.amazon.com/MIDNIGHT-MAGICAL-PRAIRIE-SCHOONER-Gessing/dp/1591138574 .


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There’s no better way for me to celebrate “WORLD BOOK DAY” than to share this recent 5-star review from award winning author, Alison Morton.

“Stoic is the word which springs to mind when you consider the protagonist, Angelina, yet she is courageous, warm-hearted and a survivor. But the author is particularly clever in developing Angelina’s nemesis, Lidia, whose bitter, obsessive character descends into her own private hell with horrendous outcomes for anybody she encounters.

The author doesn’t take the easy way out for her characters, but shows us the twists of fate, the blank ends, and opportunities that human beings face. And this is set in a harsh time of brutal occupation with its everyday difficulties engendered by shortages, injustice, an irrationality.

The period detail is vivid and precise. I found myself shivering on several occasions at the reality of it, and I read a fair number of stories set in the Second World War. There are tender moments, ice-cold fear, triumph, despair, crushed ideals, helplessness, and redemption. But Angelina is the shining spirit in this well-written novel. Highly recommended.”

Reviewed in the United Kingdom.

Many thanks to Alison Morton for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am grateful for your consideration.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at: AMAZON worldwide and multiple online book sellers.








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Here’s something interesting: I belong to 37 FB artist groups. In about half of those, I posted this painting with the simple title “Peace.” 3 of the groups denied the submission, as they considered it “Too political.” I never would have guess that the word “Peace” and a painting of three sunflowers would put me in front of the paint ball firing squad. Ecco la vita!

Quality prints of this “peaceful” but somehow controversial paintings can be purchased at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/sunflowers-pamela-allegretto.html

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Since traveling back to Italy is still not an option, I’m keeping the dream alive. And what better day to celebrate Italia than today, NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY! Works for me. Tanti Saluti!

Mille Grazie to my dearest friend, Nicolina Rinaldi, for reminding me of this special day. Tanti baci!

The original acrylic painting on Pintura canvas board can be purchased on my art website:  http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com  Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/sicilian-table-pamela-allegretto.html

Find Nicolina’s fabulous paintings here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/nicolina-rinaldi/shop

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Never forget. We must teach it so we don’t repeat it.


Non dimenticare mai. Dobbiamo insegnarlo per non ripeterlo.

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Amazon is offering the paperback edition of ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST for $6.33, down from $20.95. This is one of their random discounts, so I’m not sure how long it will be in effect. If you prefer a paperback edition and haven’t yet read the book, (Say what?!) here’s your opportunity to have a copy without breaking the bank. The Kindle edition remains at $2.99.


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Yes, there is such a day. In this painting I wanted to conjure up the after-hours, basement blues and jazz clubs where musicians gather after their gigs to jam until daybreak.

Quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, mugs, tote bags, pillows, etc. are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/jazz-guitar-man-pamela-allegretto.html

The original 16″x20″ acrylic on wrapped canvas can be purchased from my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com


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“I found myself wanting to return as often as possible to Pamela Allegretto’s farcical mystery Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust. The slimy or sympathetic or comical characters came to life with their quirks and smells and distinct voices. What a bunch of oddballs! It was hard to know who was for real and who was in disguise, which provided much of the suspense and fun. I thought I had figured out parts of the mystery, but Allegretto kept me on my toes. This was an enjoyable, entertaining, and original read, highly recommended if you need an infusion of Venice and some laughs.”

Thank you Kathleen Gonzales so very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I appreciate your generosity and am thrilled that you enjoyed the read. Tanti saluti! https://www.amazon.com/Venice-Rising-Granda-Pandemic-Rebirth/dp/B08DV6G29Z

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST is available in ebook and paperback at: Amazon worldwide, https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Diamonds-Dust-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1647181828    BookLocker, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc.

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No need to fret over containers sitting in a port.

Free Ground Shipping on all U.S. orders begin at 12:00 AM Eastern U.S. time Saturday (tomorrow), November 20th thru Sunday, November 21st at 11:59 Eastern U.S. time.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my eclectic gallery that ranges from bold trompe l’oeil “Views to Go,” thru animated Kid’s Art, to landscapes, tropical scenes, music themes, and sun-drenched Italian villages. I enjoy fusing whimsy with realism, and the variety in my style, medium, and subject reflects a Gemini nature that consistently prods me away from monotony. Cheers!!!

Go to:   https://pamela-allegretto.pixels.com/    or   http://pamela-allegretto.fineartamerica.com  

In this painting “LET’S DANCE,” inspired by the words of Paul Klee who “Liked to take a line for a walk,” I took my lines for a dance.


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