NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

When we first moved to Connecticut, I became fascinated by the multitude of charming covered bridges scattered across the state. I understand the covered bridge craze abounds throughout all of New England. A few years ago, I painted this bridge in the spring before the flowers had a chance to bloom. I always thought the painting lacked “life. So in this painting I “planted” my own flowers.

The original 10”x15” acrylic on 140 pound Arches watercolor paper is available at: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com or contact me here.

NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

NEW ENGLAND COVERED BRIDGE

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“PAGE-TURNER EXTRAORDINAIRE”

 

“PAGE-TURNER EXTRAORDINAIRE”

Mille Grazie to Burton for this lovely review.

“Pamela Allegretto does a masterful job of leading her readers into the horrors of the German oppression of Italy from 1943 to 1945. She accomplishes this through the eyes of the victims and the vanquished in a fascinating tale of deep love and callous hate within one family. From beginning to end, we are reminded that this war brought out the best and the worst in people. A page-turner extraordinaire.”

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SUNFLOWERS

  SUNFLOWERS

Although clearly I am not a botanical artist, still, I think all flowers are beautiful whether real or imagined. The original 8”x10″ acrylic on one-inch thick wrapped canvas is for sale.

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3 SUNFLOWERS

3 SUNFLOWERS

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY VENICE – BUON COMPLEANNO VENEZIA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VENICE – BUON COMPLEANNO VENEZIA

Tomorrow, 25 April, Venice will celebrate its 1598th birthday.

Venezia

Venezia

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For an interesting article, I encourage you to read; A Short Introduction to the Complicated History of Venice at:

https://www.theveniceinsider.com/introduction-history-venice/#comment-55476

In this acrylic on wrapped canvas, I tried to capture the warm tones of this particular canal, as many Venetian canals are painted in more pastel tones.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Happy International Women’s Day to all you fabulous women who keep it ALL together. And to all the wonderful men who GET IT.

Although clearly I am not a botanical artist, still, I think all flowers are beautiful whether real or imagined.

The original 12″x12″ acrylic on wrapped canvas has been sold. However, quality giclee prints are available at the link below.

Sunflowers at Sunset

Sunflowers at Sunset

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“PAGE-TURNING SUSPENSE”

“PAGE-TURNING SUSPENSE”

Thank you to journalist Tom Soboleski for your lovely review. I am grateful to you for your generous words.

“I just finished reading this book for the second time in three years. This is page-turning story telling at its finest, depicting how war can tear a family apart. Set in Rome and Faicchio, Italy, during WWII, a single family struggles for their lives as their family cohesion is ripped by divided loyalties between the Italian Resistance and Mussolini supporters. One member, Lidia, is the most vile and heartless character I’ve ever encountered, betraying even her closest family to ingratiate herself with the Fascists. The intrigue, suspense, and surprise is continuous in this superbly told narrative, with deep human emotion developed in every character. The final scene is an edge-of-your-seat tension-builder that leaves you hanging in suspense until the last few paragraphs. A memorable story of love, determination, and wickedness that is sure to impact you.”

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

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“IT WAS AMAZING”

Mille grazie to noted author Kathryn Gauci for writing such a lovely review.

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

“Set during WWII in Italy, this book takes us through worn-torn Italy in a heart-wrenching story of betrayal and hope. Betrayal by Italians against Italians, and then by the occupying Germans against the Italians after they surrendered to the Allies. The author describes the scenes with an artist’s eye and one feels transported into this time and place. At the heart of the story is a struggle for survival and one woman’s insatiable appetite for money and power, even if it brings down her family. I loved this book. It was a fast read and I couldn’t wait to find out how it would end. Highly recommended.”

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“HAWAIIAN ISLAND LOVE”

HAWAIIAN ISLAND LOVE

Often times, I like to step away from the serious. In HAWAIIAN ISLAND LOVE I did that. Who says turtles have to be green or dolphins have to be grey? Not me. And where is it written that once we become adults we can no longer enjoy animated art? Well, if it is written somewhere, I hope someone has the good sense to tear it up. I think we all need to step back occasionally and not take life too seriously. Spread the LOVE!!!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 The original 16″x12″ acrylic painting on 140 pound Arches watercolor paper can be purchased in my Tropical Art Gallery on my website:  http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

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Hawaiian Island Love

Hawaiian Island Love

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PAINTING IN NAPLES

The Neapolitan “soul” is guaranteed to squeeze your heart into submission. “Goethe wrote: Naples is Paradise. Everyone lives in a state of intoxicated self-forgetfulness, myself included.”

No painting excursion into the Campania region is complete without a visit to Naples. Yes, Naples is a big city and one of the most populace cities in Italy, but don’t forget that it is also the city that boasts the infamous dictum: “See Naples and die.” My only caution is: “Don’t see Naples by car, and live.” This is about painting in Naples and so I won’t discuss driving in Naples; just don’t do it. If you have a car, I suggest staying in nearby Sorrento or Vico Equense. You can leave your car at the hotel and take the Circumvesuviana, a commuter railway that also stops at the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii. The forty-five-minute rail trip to Naples from Sorrento is easy and scenic; most of all, it is traffic and stress free.

If you’re looking to set up in a piazza, the city offers a plethora to choose from and I’ll leave that long, detailed list to the travel writers. One of my favorite piazzas to paint in (at least for a few hours until the crush of humanity drives me away) is Piazza del Plebiscito, the city’s main piazza and traffic free pedestrian zone. It is paved with black cobblestones and is among the country’s grandest spaces. Clustered around the piazza are Teatro San Carlo, Italy’s largest opera house; the ornate Galleria Umberto I, the 1887 shopping gallery; the vast Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace); and across from the palace, a sweeping semicircular colonnade to rival St. Peter’s. Talk about artistic inspiration!

When you’re ready for a break from city noise and congestion, or if you’re a landscape artist hungry for vegetation, visit the Santa Chiara Cloisters. These cloisters are a sanctuary of hyacinth and white daffodils, small vegetable plots, and fruit trees. But for me, it’s the hand painted, blue-and-mustard-colored majolica tiles that cover every wall, pillar, and bench that make this verdant cloister a painter’s Mecca. The Monks at the cloister will let you set up an easel, but ask first. It’s also a nice idea to add a few Euros to their collection box to help defer the cost of maintaining this little jewel. Keep your workspace small and clean; the monks WILL be watching you. They have a posted notice that reads: “If you think you will be immortalized by signing your name on our walls, you are mistaken: it will be removed shortly after.”

       My favorite neighborhood to paint in Naples is Spaccanapoli, in the heart of the city. There is always new inspiration in the midst of laundry flapping from overhead balconies and black-clad signoras hawking contraband cigarettes up and down the maze of narrow, zigzag, dead end streets.

A note to writers and book lovers: On the edge of Spaccanapoli, near the Archaeological Museum, is the refreshingly green and relaxed Piazza Bellini, a nexus of the city’s flourishing booksellers: Naples is one of Italy’s great bibliophile centers. Bookstalls like the ones along Paris’s Left Bank, selling both new and used books, line the streets on and leading from the Piazza.

A sharp contrast to Spaccanapoli is the Vomero neighborhood. If the pace in the city center becomes exasperating, board one of the funiculars from the center up to Vomero in the hills above town. This city within a city is unexpectedly calm and the views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius are truly “paint worthy.” If you get hungry and are looking for some “finger food” so you don’t waste good light by sitting at an indoor restaurant, go to the tiny Friggitoria Vomero (via Cimarosa 44). For just a few euros you can buy brown-paper cones filled with fritters made of eggplant or cauliflower or boiled wild greens or rectangles of polenta, all of them sprinkled with coarse local sea salt. Who said artists have to “starve?”

Certainly, you will want to take time out from your own painting to view some of the heavy hitters that Naples has to offer. The guidebooks can give you the full run down; here are my picks:

VEDUTA DI VESUVIO

VEDUTA DI VESUVIO

Il Museo e Gallerie di Capodimonte/ among other notables, don’t miss the works here by Botticelli, Bellini, Raphael, and Caravaggio.

A church officially named Sant’Anna dei Lombardi but commonly called Monteoliveto for the square on which it sits. Inside you’ll find a sacristy frescoed by Vasari, with eye-popping trompe l’oeil marquetry panels along the walls, and also, Guido Mazzoni’s awesome life-size group of terra cotta figures.

And finally, Caravaggio fled to Naples after he killed a man in Rome, and although he didn’t stay long, he painted several important paintings, including the “Seven Acts of Mercy” which is in Pio Monte della Misericordia in the Centro Storico. It is an amazing, complex work, commissioned as an altarpiece for the church in which it has remained for 400 years.

The Neapolitan spirit of dolce far niente (living from day to day in a devil-may-care sort of way) is instantly contagious and it reaches to the artist’s canvas. If you paint “tight” and yearn to free up your strokes, then Naples is the city to visit.

Buon Viaggio!

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“COMPELLING WORLD WAR TWO NOVEL”

“COMPELLING WORLD WAR TWO NOVEL”

A thousand thanks to noted author Pat Camalliere for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

“If you liked Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, you will have to love Pamela Allegretto’s Bridge of Signs and Dreams. Allegretto’s story is set in WWII Italy, and tells of the conflict experienced by Italian citizens under the fascist regime and during Nazi occupation. The story is told through the eyes of Angelina Russo, who is trying to survive along with her young daughter while her husband is at the front. Her every effort is thwarted by an ambitious sister-in-law, and she is placed in one dangerous situation after another, with only her wits and fortitude to see her through. From the opening scene until the conclusion, the reader is engaged by compelling action, empathy, authenticity, and concise writing. The story reads as if the author is giving a first-hand experience, presenting what seems to be a very real understanding of WWII Italy. I hope Pamela will bless us with another novel in the near future – I’ll be waiting for sure!”

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“TUSCAN FARMHOUSE AT SUNSET”

 In “TUSCAN FARMHOUSE AT SUNSET” I wanted to pay homage to the Italian farmers who for hundreds of centuries, from sunup to sundown, have tended their land with a deep love and respect.

Tuscan Farmhouse at Sunset

Tuscan Farmhouse at Sunset

The original 8�x10� acrylic on canvas painting has been sold, but fine quality giclee prints are still available here.
In questo quadro volevo rendere omaggio agli agricoltori italiani che per centinaia di secoli, dall’alba al tramonto, hanno coltivato la loro terra con un profondo amore e rispetto.
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“NON-STOP PAGE TURNER”

“NON-STOP PAGE TURNER”

“Pamela Allegretto’s latest novel “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams” is a non-stop page turner that will have you riveted and deeply involved from beginning to end. They say it’s best to write “what you know” and the author has incorporated her visual ability as a painter and her life experience having lived in Italy into a captivating heart-felt book. Her ability to include the smallest visual details and weave them into a cohesive whole separates her from the majority of writers who lack her artistic background. The writing is almost Hemingwayesque in its ability to imprint visually the individual scenes on the reader’s mind. We see this novel. The Italian experience during World War 2 is a much-overlooked piece of fascinating historical territory that Allegretto mines with the expert eye of a painter and the instinct of a natural-born storyteller. The characters jump at you–we feel their personalities and quickly become embedded with this family. We want to know “what happens next” and this feeling never leaves the reader throughout the book. The author keeps her chapters short and never bores us with superficial page fillers that bog down so many lesser reads. If surprise is the key element of a great story–this novel is full of the unexpected twists and turns that only the best books give us. Pour yourself a glass of Italian wine, sit down, and open this novel–you won’t look at that cell phone for days.”

 

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

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

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HARMONY – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HARMONY

Happy New Year! The paintings of Joan Miro` inspired this abstract painting. I wanted my shapes to play and mingle with one another and to have a party on my canvas where everyone’s invited, no matter If they’re square, round, or heart-shaped; black, yellow, blue, red, or purple. A special thanks to all the Fineartamerica artists who have written such lovely comments on this painting. It would be wonderful if the whole world could be as understanding and supportive as artists are with each other. We don’t care about who lives where and what the politics are of any country. We don’t care about race or our religion, or lack of religion. We care about each other as human beings with a shared love of beauty and artistic freedom.

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HARMONY

HARMONY

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TO MARKET

TO MARKET

Thank you to International Women Artists for featuring this painting in your Fineartamerica gallery. I am honored to have my work alongside such gifted artists.

For me, big bold colors reflect the joys of a tropical island. Taking life too seriously is for city dwellers. In my mind’s eye, on a tropical island I don’t see brown palm trees, I prefer purple; my turtle’s shell isn’t grey, it’s orange; and my sun is one big happy fella. In this painting I purposely omitted details, shadows, and folds, I wanted

To Market

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to keep it as uncomplicated as island life. It’s all about celebrating color and simplicity.

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“GRIPPING STORY WITH LOTS OF SUSPENSE!”

“GRIPPING STORY WITH LOTS OF SUSPENSE!”

Thank you so much, Airman Pankdawg, for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

“I could not put this book down. It’s a beautifully written ww2 story about a woman and her family in war-torn Italy. The character development, especially for the villain, was very well done, and the uncertainties and calamities of war so well described kept me turning pages in anticipation of what would happen next. A must read for historical fiction fans!”

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