60. My Retired Walking Friends

My Retired Walking Friends, oil pastels on Aquarelle Rag, 20cm x 25cm, ©Delfino Cornali 2019

I was exploring the hiking trails around the village of Tsagarada, Greece when I came across a stone hut nestled in a grove of chestnut trees. The Pelion peninsula – about two hours north of Athens – has amazing hiking. Thick groves of enormous chestnut trees cover the steep hillsides. As you descend, the forests give way to stony groves of gnarled olive trees, tamarisks and lemons, until you finally arrive by the sea.

The owner of this hut (and these shoes) at some point felt compelled to dry out their old walking shoes on the stone sill of the hut. The shoes are beyond redemption as footwear. I recognize the emotion – your old shoes that had become your closest companions, and I cannot bear to throw them away. So instead, the owners old friends reign here, on a dry, sunny window sill beneath a canopy of ancient chestnut trees, while the elements of sun, wind and rain gradually dissolve them into dust.


This work intrigued me on many levels. How to blend the colors that would become the texture of wood. The texture of pitted stone, as it varies between glaringly bright light, and the mottled shadow of chestnut leaves above the hut. I know the actual stone’s texture doesn’t vary between sun and and shadow. Since there’s no sharp divide between light and shade, I relied on some intermediate tones – sienna, rose, grays – to suggest the shadow.


This piece is part of my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds from the sale of this piece are donated to a good cause. For this piece, I will donate funds to a youth ultimate team from south Seattle – SOUF – who recently qualified for the 2019 USA Ultimate Regional playoffs.  My teammates and I are helping to defray the travel expenses for these young players.

Specifications – Original Art

  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Canson Aquarelle Rag, 240gm
  • Dimensions 8″ x 10″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$75, excludes shipping
  • Availability Date September 12, 2019
  • Status UNSOLD

~ by Delfino on 2019/03/19.

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