Painting with the Bambinos

I sat painting in the shade. It’s exactly as an artist residency should be. Inspired by the other artists working around me, I sipped my coffee, and painted little sketches that I IMG_4016.jpghad done throughout the week.

There was to be an exhibition that night, and as the people started to come, so did many children. Like almost all children, they were instantly drawn to the painting. They stood around me quietly watching me paint and whispering que bella.

I asked them if they to wanted to paint and they said yes with eager smiles. I took small canvas boards I had packed in my bag and set them up with my paints around the table. We couldn’t communicate well because of the language barrier, however, they taught me the Italian words for the colors, and I taught them how to blend colors.

IMG_4219They made me paintings, and wanted so badly to be able to communicate with me. In turn, I made them quick two minute paintings. They spent the rest of the evening following me around, playing with my hair, and calling me Bellissima.

If I could’ve brought them home I most definitely would have. If the trip taught me anything, it was that art is it’s own language and continually breaks down barriers.


About Anastacia Drake - Fine Artist

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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