What you are looking at is hard proof that my crazy life is slowing down ever so slightly. Because framing this piece is a project that has been lingering on the bottom of my 'To-Do' list for almost eight years, and now it is done!
The summer after my junior year of college, I went on Le Petit Grand Tour d'Architecture through Italy and Greece. Tuscany, Rome, Venice, Capri, Pompeii, Corfu, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini....we were all over! Our first stop was in Florence, so it was just a few days into the trip when I spotted this watercolor.
A row of artists were set up along the street as we exited the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. I hadn't planned to buy too many souvenirs on the trip and I worried I was being hasty choosing one in our very first location.
But, those colors! That texture!
And we had been warned: "When you see something you know you love, just buy it. The opportunity won't present itself again." So I bought it and somehow kept it safe for the rest of the trip. And all the way home. And through the next 8 years and multiple moves.
Amazingly, in the pile of boarding passes and museum stubs that represent this trip, I even managed to keep the card for the artist, Vittoria Scaffidi.
There is a nice little pocket for it in the back of the frame. And as luck would have it, I had no need to worry. Florence actually was one of my absolute favorite places on the trip, so it's the perfect place to have a memento from.
I love talking to other people who have traveled around Italy because everyone has such wildly different favorite places. For many it is Rome or Venice. For me, it was Florence and Capri. Quiet places with an abundance of natural beauty, warm people, and amazing food. (For example, the linguine with mussels that was so good I had to eat it twice in 3 days.)
Another awesome thing about finding the card with the artists' name is that I was able to google search and find some other travelers that have pieces of her work (posts here and here). One even had great pictures of the artist and the other art stalls along that street:
The artist has a unique technique and it feels like a steal to have gotten it for a low 'street-art' price. Do you purchase art when you travel? How do you keep it safe?
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Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.