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This postcard is a reproduction (offset printed) of my sketchbook drawing of a quiet street in Gubbio, Italy. I spent a year living and working in Italy, and compiled hundreds of drawings and paintings during my time there. I spent the first few weeks living with a family in the mountains of the region of Umbria, and made the daily commute to Gubbio from there.
Unlike the Mediterranean feel of Rome, Gubbio is a medieval mountain town. Winding narrow streets pass between buildings of gray stone, curling up the slope of Mt. Ingino. Gubbio is home to the Corsa dei Ceri, an annual run held in honor of Sant'Ubaldo, the patron Saint of Gubbio. Three teams, each carrying a ceri—a statue of a saint mounted on a 12-foot tall, 500-pound wooden pedestal—race from the main piazza in town to the basilica near the top of the mountain. If that's not dedication, I don't know what is.
The original sketchbook drawing was created in person and from life, on location, in graphite and ink and painted with watercolor. The postcard is a faithful reproduction of the original, and has a slightly muted, vintage look to it. The back of the postcard contains a design inspired by a found vintage postcard back.
This postcard would make a wonderful souvenir for the traveler—and the perfect gift for anyone who loves cobblestone streets and tile rooftops. Frame it as a small piece of art, or send a little bit of Italy in the post!
Postcard size: 4 x 6 inches
Printed on recycled, uncoated (matte) 100-lb cover-weight paper
Mails within the U.S. at the standard postcard rate (currently 29 cents)
Other postcards of my Italy sketches can be found in the "Sketchbook Postcards" section of this shop:
This original artwork is copyright Chandler O'Leary 2011. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this piece. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
WA state residents are subject to sales tax.
This postcard will ship flat in a protective mailer.
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