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Cortona, Italy V, Italian Landscape Painting

Cortona, Italy V
Cortona, Italy V

"As travel pushes me forward, memory keeps dragging me backward." - Frances Mayes.

When I think of autumn in Tuscany, the first memory that comes back to me is not a sight but a taste, from many years ago:  It was well past lunchtime when I finally found a tiny family-run restaurant in the remote countryside.  Inside was quite simple - no tourists but a few local people chatting together.  I was feeling a little out of place and not sure what to order, but apparently that was not a concern for a madam who seated me.  She said something rapidly in Italian, with "Va bene?" (Is it all right?) at the end.  And she disappeared into a kitchen.

There I was waiting... and waiting for quite a long time, wondering if I had ordered anything at all.  At last, she came out with a generous portion of warm risotto with porcini mushroom.  Risotto does take a long time to cook, and she must have made it from scratch for me.  Her smile and the creamy risotto with the earthy flavor of this autumn delicacy of Tuscany gave me a big smile, too.

Here's recipe of a similar dish (courtesy of Food Network).  Buon appetito!

Cortona, Italy V

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 inches (29 x 21 cm)
Mat/Frame: No
Purchase: Sold

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7 Responses to Cortona, Italy V, Italian Landscape Painting

via ktanabefineart.com53 months ago

I don't often comment on your blog, but I visit every time you post something new just to marvel at your style and your mastery of the medium. Beautiful work!

Patty Schwarz
via ktanabefineart.com53 months ago


After reading Frances Mayes' book "Under The Tuscan Sun", we decided to come to Tuscany more than ten years ago. We had been to all the touristy places in Venice, Florence and Rome many time but her description of Tuscany drew us there and there we have stayed ever since. It's magical to wake up in the morning and not have an agenda, to roam as you please and make everlasting friends. It's just different than anybody could every imagine.

I think we are very lucky to have experienced this.
My very best wishes,

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabefineart.com53 months ago

Thank you for your kind words, Rhonda, I'm honored that you follow my blog. Your comments will be always welcome. Hi Patty, I think Tuscany is a magical place, too. Once you've been there, you'll always feel the need to return... So captivating.

Akhilkrishna Jayanth
via ktanabefineart.com53 months ago

Excellent water colour paintings

stephen slater
via ktanabe.fineartstudioonline.com39 months ago

Lovely watercolour, Keiko, good drawing skills but not too 'tight' Nice use of shadows also, very good work. I was in Tuscany last summer and this brings back happy memories ( cold here in the UK!.
Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us, I enjoyed beowsing.


Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabe.fineartstudioonline.com39 months ago

Thank you for posting your comment, Stephen. Anytime in Tuscany is a good time but I think the summertime is especially glorious. I'm glad you enjoyed this painting.

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