Our tour of the vatican was wonderfully descriptive, the male tour guide was a mind of information and very interesting (he also had an Italian accent which I was thrilled about) We did the Raphael Rooms and Modern Galleries is this tour, something that was not included in last years tour which made it seem a lot longer, which I guess it was in reality. The Raphael rooms were well worth the aching back and feet but I was not impressed with the modern section, it's just not my thing, so the last part of the tour was spent wishing for a chair! Sant'Angelo castle and bridge were awesome, so glad I managed to walk upon the bridge this time around.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
WOW! What a view! Well worth the climb from Piazza Del Popolo. It was beautifully sunny and the area on Pincio is green and spacious so it was rather warm. Managed to find a spot on some steps and balance myself there long enough to get a sketch between two trees, I enjoyed how they framed this section of such a vast, panoramic view, it helped me to focus. So pleased we came to this piazza and hill today...Rome is such a beautiful place packed tight with so many wonderful surprises.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The view from our little sun room in the breakfast room at Hotel Residenza Antica Roma. Heavy walking day planned Piazza Del Popolo first with a walk up the steps to see the view I've heard about from Pincio Hill (I didn't get here on my last visit), then onto the Vatican for our long tour and across the Sant'Angelo bridge onto Piazza Navona for dinner (Somewhere else I didn't see on my last trip in 2012) Very exciting! The getleman at reception urged us not to try it all in one day, saying it was TOO MUCH walking....we did it, we proved him wrong...Ha!....Hurt like hell by the end tho'.... LOL!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
After our evening meal, Joan and I strolled to the Spanish Steps and managed a sketch each. I used my Lamy and a marker here to achieve some tone. We walked back to our hotel and popped into Bar Tritone opposite for a last cuppa and a naughty little pastry or two!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Joan and I picked a lovely restaurant to have our arrival drinks from, the staff were so friendly and welcoming and the coffee was amazing!!! We sat outside in the warm Rome air and I sketched the doorway of Oratorio Dell'Angelo Custode through the visor of a parked moped.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I sketch directly in ink with a Lamy Safari fountain pen for all of my sketchbook images, as time has gone on my results have got more accurate and faster and I believe that is because I left the safety of an eraser behind and all mistakes show which makes me chose my lines more carefully and think before laying down line. However, there are times when I think that having a few pencil guidelines might a) speed things up b) help avoid perspective mistakes such as the ones in this sketch.
I believe the sketch still works, it shows quite clearly 3 different spaces in my home and has a certain character to it BUT I am aware that a few things are a little out of 'bonk' too that I feel could have been resolved with a few pencil 'map' lines at the start, it would certainly make life easier for me at times with subjects that have complex perspective issues such as this. Whenever I get tempted like this (note to self top RHS corner of the spread) I reflect on it the next day and remember that it was leaving the safety net behind that gave me progress and that this is my journal, a place to practice, study, log my day....a very personal space for my art, life and growth. So I have decided to resist the pencil urge and work this angle of my home another day, perhaps challenging myself to come up with a way to visually map what I want on the page better....in ink!