Alla Stazione – New Painting by Jed

Alla Stazione

Alla Stazione

I’ve just finished a small watercolor “study” of a perennial subject here in Italy – a group of the “old guys” hanging out and “chewing the fat” (a decidedly American expression – I’ll research it to see if there is an Italian equivalent of this expression). This scene was inspired by a local gathering outside our local train station.

I’m fascinated with the old boys’ club here in Italy. Just as you see groups of women congregating on park benches to talk about the latest and greatest news, the men, also, are constantly finding time and space to converse about current affairs and to editorialize about life ahead.

You might be tempted to describe such a scene as a group of bored old boys with nothing better to do. In Italy, conversing and being together in the moment, without a bunch of other noise, seems to be a well-developed art. I know that my American conditioning and upbringing often lead me to label such scenes as “unproductive”. What I’m learning, after so much time here, and after observing Italian life, is that people here seem to be adept at relating to and staying connected with one another.

For me, it is as though the question is being asked “Why the rush?” – followed by an admonition to “Be here now”.

I like that the Italians are helping me to look at life differently, and to step aside from a constant need to always be in “achievement” mode.

By |2015-11-10T19:38:36+01:00September 8th, 2015|Paintings Posts|5 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Nicole September 9, 2015 at 1:42 am - Reply

    You certainly captured the Italian men in their element….love your introspection on the ‘achievement mode’. Painting is wonderful!

  2. Anita September 8, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    You captured a memory of mine without realizing my grandfathes shop leathergoods / luggage back in the day; all the old Italians congregate over coffee and sweets and talked up the day events of family and friends Bravo I love it Anita

    • Jed September 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Grazie Anita. I’m glad to be in a country where the older generation is still very much part of the scene! Age and wisdom is revered!

  3. Elizabeth Wholey September 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    You’ve captured them Jed. Socializing with friends, walking and bicycling around town, plus their Mediterranean diet: these guys will probably make it into their 90s!

    • Jed September 8, 2015 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth. Yes, all the right elements for longevity! And, I could paint these “groupings” and never get tired of the faces and the interactions.

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