Thursday, November 5, 2009

Painters

Painting was a real mania in Livorno few decades ago. Nowadays, even if reduced in numbers, amateur painters still can support some specialized stores.The “House of Painter” claims a large assortment of frames, colors and accessories, but they are closed on Saturday afternoon.On the same street we find another “artistic” sign. The owner could better use his painting talent on his rusty rolling shutter.

27 comments:

brattcat said...

The owner might cherish the texture of the rusty rolling shutter the way so many of us on CDPB do.

Luis Gomez said...

Really nice series of signs.

Jacob said...

It's nice that there are these stores, at least, to accommodate the amateurs.

It's interesting that the signs all contain a painter's palette and brushes...which makes sense.

Leif Hagen said...

Have you taken up painting now?! Photography and now acrylics, you're so artsy!

Clueless in Boston said...

I like the second sign best, although the third has that DIY look.

Kate said...

A wonderful shop; I could spend lots of time there!

amatamari© said...

The second painter closes the shop saturday afternoon: perhaps paint or perhaps is lazy?
:-)

Beautiful and original series!

joo said...

The first and second signs are cute, but the last one is my favourite - looks like surprised fish!
Superb post.

Cezar and Léia said...

Graceful ornaments on the top of the door!
Cute!
Léia

Benikos place said...

Where Art meets Art!!!

Kcalpesh said...

Painting was one of my hobbies I could never really learn very well...

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Stine in Ontario said...

Actually, I like the rusting shutter. ;-) I enjoyed this post, VP.

Halcyon said...

Closed on Saturday afternoon??? So when can working people ever shop there?

B SQUARED said...

A "sign" of the times, no doubt.

Ellie said...

I think if I try really hard I can draw like that first one. Me like it :)

cieldequimper said...

Wish I could paint and make a living of it. As it is I'm listening to Schumann's 1st symphony and trying to paint in my head but I digress.
I think it's very cool that painters can still make a living even if they aren't too well known. You can find little treasures (and horrible stuff too...)

Rob and Mandy said...

Nice signs! Will be in Italy this weekend, can't wait!

Gunn White said...

Nice signs, and I love taking a look...
One thing I buy when I have been to Italy is writing paper, when I send "snail-mail" Paper from Amalfi or Florence. That is luxury for me!:-)
Do you paint?

Ken Mac said...

love the clarity

Vogon Poet said...

I don't paint, I never did. OK, I painted my first house and even this one, plain white. Don't think it counts...
I know the first store, it's near my mom's. It's a good one if you have to frame anything.

Vogon Poet said...

@ Stine - You're probably right: it's a deliberate choice...
@ ciel - I don't think anybody here make a living as painter, the have other jobs and a passion. I don't know much of them, the only living painter I like is Andrew Wyeth.
@ Rob - I hope the weather get better, anywhere near Livorno, if I remember well!

Vogon Poet said...

@ ciel - Another gaffe: I checked, poor Wyeth died early this year.

Fio said...

Che fantasia! Divertente :)
E proprio questo che mi manca in Polonia...

Andreea said...

Nice series. Every time I visit a museum I promise myself to give painting a try but I never do.

JM said...

Another great trilogy, VP.!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! If I were there, I might go to those stores--I just went to one here today.

cieldequimper said...

Lol! Sorry, I shouldn't be lol-ing. I don't even know the painter. I will now though. Off to Google this instant.