I Found Mental Repose in These Italian Abstracts

When the mind gets overly fixated on being literal, it can use a break.

Mine does, for sure. And, thanks to the vibrantly rendered island village of Burano, just outside of Venice, I’ve stumbled upon Italian abstracts that do the trick.

As I approached ferreting out a topic for this week’s blog post, my mind told me it needed a short vacation from writing about the logistics and adjustments of living in Italy. I thought, “Well, I’ll just skip a week.” But, then I realized I could speak with photos and not get too mired in words, other than a brief commentary as to why the images in this post give my soul peace and balance. Maybe you’ll relate…

Italian Abstracts, Italywise

© 2018 Jed Smith

Why do I love these Italian Abstracts?

Perhaps because they’ve been created at the juncture of man’s creation and the hand of time leaving its steady mark. I find these walls, doors, and windows quite astounding in their richness and texture. I have serious doubts as to whether these masterful results could’ve been planned, conceptualized and rendered so purposefully.

Literal objects are participants in these mixed-media creations but, ultimately, the cumulative effect has the ability to transport the viewer outside linear, literal thinking––which is where we spend the lion’s share of our waking hours. For me, a mind spent churning incessantly in analysis, labeling, and problem-solving creates a devil’s playground for burnout.

Simply put, I love the ability of abstracts like these to stump the mind into silence, and leave it swimming in a sea of visual shapes, layers, and textures.

Italian Abstracts, Italywise

© 2018 Jed Smith

Thank you, Mom, for opening up my eyes to the beauty of abstract art.

Even though my mom, also my lifelong art teacher, has been gone for a few years now, her guidance, and her wise words and admonitions to be open to all forms of art stay with me. She taught me the value of letting emotion and intuition play a stronger part in art. She lived her words, and if I have one regret, it’s that I don’t have one of her own masterful abstract creations.

But, she opened my eyes to all forms of art and that is what really counts.

With that, I shut my mouth and allow you to experience these images for yourself. And, as they did for me, I hope they help you find the pause button for a busy mind.

If you like what you see, you might also enjoy following my Instagram feed at ItalyWise.

Italian Abstracts, Italywise

© 2018 Jed Smith

Italian Abstracts, Italywise

© 2018 Jed Smith


By |2019-01-19T20:53:24+01:00April 4th, 2018|A Romance with Venice, Color, Exploring the Veneto|29 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Laurie Marcus April 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Love these. Beautiful. Saw this on fb posted by my cousin.

    • Jed April 11, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Glad you like, Laurie!

  2. Kathryn April 7, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    You have taken the ordinary and made it extraordinary.

    • Jed April 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kathryn.

  3. Debra April 5, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Way to go, Jed!
    I think they are sooo beautiful. Love the place my mind goes to when I really, really look at them.
    As always….grazie mille!

    • Jed April 6, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Art therapy! Yes, these organic works of art help balance the scale. Thank you, Debra!

  4. Jennifer April 5, 2018 at 6:14 am - Reply

    The last composition was my favorite although I paused at each one. The last one, for me, has the movement of clouds across the window.
    I miss you and cherish our time together. Keep posting please.

    • Jed April 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Don’t you love it when an image takes you swimming inside? I miss you too. Come back!

  5. Angela April 5, 2018 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Thanks, Jed. I’m following you on Instagram now. PallyToo

    • Jed April 6, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Angela! Looking forward to connecting there as well!

  6. royane April 4, 2018 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    lovely…they are really so well, original? The weather and the idea of just letting our surroundings being painted over and over and let weather do it’s thing…crazy beautiful. thanks

    • Jed April 6, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Nature can be the most surprising artist of all. I was lucky to be able to capture her masterpieces!

  7. wael k hamzeh April 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you like them!

  8. janelle April 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Jed, these are soon good…Auguri, Mister!

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      Grazie, Janelle!

  9. Kit Williams April 4, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    ❤️ Burano….

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      You’ve experienced them firsthand, my friend!

    • Jennifer April 5, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply


  10. Deb Vallance April 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Good eye, Jed!

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Deb! Miss you guys!

  11. Mark Hanson April 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I love this post and in particular the second photo where you can see the layers of paint that show the changes over the years

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Hey Mark! I’m considering doing large prints and doing a grouping of four. Now to choose which four. The one you like certainly will be one of them.

  12. Chip Meeks April 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Good job! Thanks for sharing Jed! Your mom was a jewel, you caught on well! Have a great week!

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      You too, Chip!

  13. Christina April 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Absolutely stunning in a realism sort of way. Thanks for sharing these beauties. You brought life to hundreds of years of history in these photos.

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Christina! These kinds of layers, colors, and textures just can’t be rushed. I love the kiss of time and history!

  14. Ellen Griffith April 4, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    beautiful work and your thinking…consideration…eye to beauty is wonderful!

    • Jed April 4, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Ellen!

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