NATIONAL ELECTRIC GUITAR DAY

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

BLUES GUITAR MAN

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  “ALLEGRETTO KEPT ME ON MY TOES.”

“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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“LET’S DANCE”

“LET’S DANCE”

No need to fret over containers sitting in a port.

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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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 INTERNATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY

Today is International Saxophone Day. Yes, that’s really a “Day!” International Saxophone Day is celebrated on November 6th of each year in remembrance of Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. Adolphe Sax was born on November 6, 1814 in Dinant in Wallonia, Belgium.

I am a huge jazz fan, and to me, the saxophone is one sexy sounding instrument, be it, soprano, tenor, alto, or baritone. Since Saxophone Day is November 6th, I thought I would list my 6 favorite Saxophone players. They are: Grover Washington Jr. / Julian (Cannonball) Adderley / Stan Getz / Sonny Rollins / John Coltrane / Charlie (Bird) Parker.

I know my saxophone isn’t “anatomically” correct. It’s not meant to be. I leave that to the “realist” painters. My sax, trumpet, and bass players are too into creating beautiful music together to worry about outward appearances. It would be wonderful if the whole world could be as understanding and supportive as musicians are with each other. Musicians don’t care about who lives where and what the politics are of any country. They don’t care about race or religion, lack of religion, or sexual orientation. Musicians care about each other as human beings with a shared love of music and artistic freedom.

Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, ornaments, pillows, mugs, masks, etc. of this 20”x20” acrylic on 11/2 thick wrapped canvas are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/cool-jazz-trio-pamela-allegretto.html

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WORLD FOOD DAY

WORLD FOOD DAY

There is no justification for children to go hungry in this country (or any country). But it’s happening every day, in every community. The USDA states that more than 11 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes.

It’s up to all of us to keep our food banks supplied. Let’s treat each other the way we would like to be treated. Don’t think it could never happen to you. But this is not the only reason to contribute food, do it because it’s the moral thing to do.

Read more about WORLD FOOD DAY and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations online. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its Latin motto, “fiat panis,” translates to “let there be bread.” It was founded in October 1945, and it’s headquarters are in Rome, Italy.

I titled this painting “VENETIAN TABLE” for 2 reasons: The bowl filled with onions made me think of Venice’s celebrated “fegato con cipolle” / “liver with onions,” and the difficulty I had painting the onions made me cry enough tears to fill the Grand Canal. Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size are available at:  https://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-venetian-table-pamela-allegretto.html

The original 14”x18” acrylic on wrapped canvas with ¾ finished painted sides can be purchased at my art website: http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com

TAVOLO VENEZIANO: 46x36cm originale acrilico su tela coi lati dipinti di 2.5cm. Il titolo del quadro è “Tavolo Veneziano” / “Venetian Table.” Ho scritto il titolo così perchè m’ha fatto pensare del famoso “fegato con cipolle di Venezia.” Anche perchè è stato così difficile dipingere le cipolle che ho pianto abbastanza lacrime a fare il pieno il Canal Grande. opurre, si puo` comprarne dell stampe di gilcee al sito: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-venetian-table-pamela-allegretto.html

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MORNING MARKET IN CAMPANIA – SOUTHERN ITALY

The Roman writer Pliny, a victim of Vesuvius, described the Campania countryside as “So blest with natural beauties and riches, it is clear that when nature formed it she took delight in accumulating all her blessings in a single spot.” Well, I’m not arguing with Pliny. Lucky me, my family is from the Campania Region.

The Campania Region boasts the best lemons for making Limoncello. Sicily competes for the same title. Even given my heritage, I have many Sicilian friends, so I’m not going to put myself on record by acknowledging a preference.

9”x12” Original watercolor and acrylic on 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper. Frame not included. Acquerello e acrilico originale dipinto sulla carta di 300g/m2. Senza cornice.

The original 9”x12” watercolor and acrylic painting is for sale. Contact me here for details, or visit my original art site at: pamelaallegretto-franz.com

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SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Yesterday was the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. We don’t have to be Christians or even religious to appreciate the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He cherished all of nature and creatures large and small. I mean, how can you not love someone who talked to animals and birds?

If you’re missing “mass gatherings” during these Covid days, take a tip from Saint Francis of Assisi and go feed the pigeons and squirrels in the park.

SAN FRANCESCO D’ASSISI

Non si dev’essere religioso apprezzare San Francesco d’Assisi. Lui ha amato tutta la natura e le creature grandi e piccole. Voglio dire, come non si puo` amare qualcuno che ha parlato con gli animali e gli uccelli?

Il quadro originale e` stato venduta, però, si può comprarne delle stampe di giclee a questo sito.

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The original acrylic on canvas painting has been sold. However, Giclee prints and greeting cards are available for purchase at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/st-francis-of-assisi-pamela-allegretto.html

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“NEVER A DULL MOMENT!”

“Fabulous food, fine wine, fashion, and art set the table for this wonderful romp through the streets of Venezia. Besides being fast-paced and witty, the heart of this charming caper is its well-crafted mystery, which has more potential suspects and evil doers than you can shake an urn at. The whole madcap story begins with the death of Carla’s best friend and spirals out of control once Carla sets out to keep her promise of scattering Sara’s ashes in the Grand Canal in Venice, a place that has special significance for both women.

But there’s nothing simple about the pilgrimage Carla sets off on; before she can even deplane, trouble shows its ugly head, or in this case, its multiple ugly heads. It seems everywhere Carla goes, trouble and mortal danger follows. The cast of bad guys, shady characters, lunatics, and miscreants is large, assuring poor Carla doesn’t have a moment’s peace. It’s well-written and fun throughout, with never a dull moment. Truly enjoyable, and a perfect vacation/staycation read.”

Thank you Cynthia Hamilton 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. Best wishes.

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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BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS – 5-STAR REVIEW

“The characters and story will remain with you long after you’ve read the final page.”

“What a bittersweet story. It shows the depths people will go to during a crisis: in this case, a war. Some cower in fear, others feed their greed, while the true heroes face calamities and strive to make the world (even if their own little corner of the world) a better place. I enjoyed learning about the Bridge of Sighs from a historical perspective. The characters and story will remain with you long after you’ve read the final page.”

My most sincere gratitude to Rebecca Carter for writing such a lovely review. Best wishes.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:

AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543    and all Amazon and online book seller sites worldwide

BARNES & NOBLE:

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BOOKLOCKER:

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ITUNES:

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VIVA ITALIA – A WEEK TO CELEBRATE

The Festa del Redentore, one of the most important traditional events in Venice, commemorates the end of the plague of the 16th century. The annual celebration takes place during the weekend of the third Sunday of July.

Another reason to celebrate this week is Italy’s championship win at the European Soccer Games. Forze Azzurri!

Lastly, the great news that as of August 1, cruise ships will be banned from the Grand Canal in Venice!  Finalmente!

La vita è bella!

You can read interesting tidbits about the FESTA DEL REDENTORE on my website: https://pamelaallegretto.com/2018/07/16/venice-festa-del-redentore

Quality Giclee prints, cards, totebags, pillows, etc., of “Venezia” are available for purchase at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/venezia-pamela-allegretto.html

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“MADCAP CAPER”

“If you’re looking for a madcap caper, Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust is your jam!”

“A complete 180 from Pamela Allegretto’s first book. Both effortlessly whisk her reader to Italy and communicate what we’ll see, where we’ll walk, what we’ll eat, and how the locals sound as she spins out the story of her caper — in this case a diamond caper that may turn out to be Carla’s best friend Sarah’s funerary ashes that she snatches off the church altar and hurries to disperse them in Venice according to Sarah’s explicit wishes.

While Allegretto’s book Bridge of Sighs, Bridge of Dreams pressed on her readers heart with a bitter sweet power that kept us suspended in longing for a place / people wiped away by war — consider Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust as a palate cleanser!

For fans of the movie Clue or that madcap Mordacai (Johnny Depp, Gwenneth Paltrow, Ewan MacGregor) Carla encounters outrageous characters, danger at every turn (although in Venice it’s hard to tell), liars who are totally believable and even after being followed and drugged and burgled and the desirable Dario out of reach, she perseveres.

Bad boys, bad aunts, bad breath, hair styles that form question marks without dots, mustaches that boogie down, hit men, hit and run men, galleries, art, and jewels! Don’t forget the diamonds!”

“If you’re looking for a madcap caper, Ashes to Ashes, Diamonds to Dust is your jam!”

Thank you so much author Anna Erikssön Bendewald for writing such a lovely review. Approval from an author that I highly admire is especially rewarding.

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 

ASHES TO ASHES, DIAMONDS TO DUST
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PRIDE MONTH – PRIDE BOUQUET  

June is PRIDE MONTH.My painting PRIDE BOUQUET celebrates all my friends and family in the LBGTQ community. I wanted my flowers to have a party on my canvas where everyone’s invited. Cheers to you all for being who you are. I love every one of you!

This PRIDE BOUQUET is my nod to the entire LGBTQ community.

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?

Cheers to you all for being who you are.

The original 6”x12” acrylic on one-inch thick wrapped canvas has been sold, but quality Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size, tote bags, pillows, etc. are available for purchase at: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/pride-bouquet-pamela-allegretto.html

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NEW ENGLAND RED BARN

 When we first moved to Connecticut, I became fascinated by the multitude of charming red barns scattered across the state. I understand the red barn craze abounds throughout all of New England. But why red? There are many theories: One simple theory is that the red barns made it easy for the cows to find their way home. Another theory claims that early American farmers began blending the traditional mixture of linseed oil, limestone, and milk with ferrous oxide, or rust. This abundant additive protected their barns from moss and fungi, while also turning the crude sealant a rich red color. The most gruesome theory claims that these farmers used the blood from a fresh slaughter rather than rust. Gross! I think I prefer the cow theory.

A few years ago, I painted this barn 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.

Giclee prints from greeting card size to poster size are available at:

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NEW ENGLAND RED BARN SUMMER
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BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS – 5-Star review

“The story trips along without a lull, and the stakes keep getting raised.”

Mille grazie to Anna Erikssön Bendewald for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

“I downloaded Bridge of Sighs and Dreams onto my Kindle and thought I’d read a chapter or two to kill some time before some afternoon and evening plans. I didn’t stop reading until early the next morning, and I loved every minute of this story! I bought the book on the recommendation of a friend, and while I’m not a fan of the war genre, this is what the genre should be in my opinion. The love story of Angelina and Pietro plays out against the backdrop of Italy during World War 2 and while the politics, nations, oppressors, and occupiers could get confusing, the real events act almost as a character whose whims and outbursts turn the plot and reactions of the rest of the characters we come to really care about very quickly.

The story trips along (hence my inability to put the Kindle down) without a lull, and the stakes keep getting raised. “We’ve come this far…we have to keep going…” was the spirit which felt quite fresh in today’s world. I LOVE this book and recommend it highly!!!”

BRIDGE OF SIGHS AND DREAMS is available for purchase in paperback and eBook at:  AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Sighs-Dreams-Pamela-Allegretto/dp/1634906543    and all Amazon and online book seller sites worldwide

BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bridge-of-sighs…/1122645088…

BOOKLOCKER:

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ITUNES:

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CINCO DE MAYO

Pedro has been serenading outside Rita’s window for hours. She’s playing coy, but in reality, she loves the attention. Their hopes and dreams are as genuine and meaningful as yours and mine. Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of my friends and family who enjoy the rich Mexican heritage.

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