Here we go – the first mega-article from my big 3 month remote working trip in Europe!
Here is a summary of our adventures – warning it’s a long post!
We arrived at the hotel at 10pm, dropped our bags and went out to get a bite to eat. We just so happened to pass my favourite Baroque building – San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane by Borromini. I had to stop and sketch even though it was after 10.30pm and I was very much sleep deprived! It was fun to have Mike with me, and that he pulled out his sketchbook as well.
Ah! it’s great to be in Rome again.
We did want to sketch it, but it was not the right time of day for the best view.
There is so much I could sketch here, but we didn’t really have the time. Instead we just had a little chat about classical details and we compared these ruins with the entablatures of Palladian buildings.
Note: An entablature is the horizontal band above the columns, and I believe it’s important to know a little about them so that it’s easier to draw classical architecture.
There is just too much to see and sketch, but we did stop at the Capitoline Hill to sketch the grand buildings/space by Michaelangelo. These are very special buildings to me and I was thankful that Mike was happy to sketch here.
(Note: On this spread you can also see a quick line drawing from lunch. I am determine to sketch during the in-between moments this trip)
That evening, we met up with Roman Szmal – the creator of Aquarius watercolour. He was passing through Rome after a big watercolour event in Fabriano. He had his full range with him so I could test some more colours, and we had a wonderful conversation over dinner about pigments and making paint.
It was really great to meet him again and play with his paints (although we didn’t have much time). I’m very impressed with this range. More about it here.
At breakfast time, Roman gave me a copy of his colour chart and took a photo of my reaction when I opened it!
How many of you remember Borromini Bear? This building is the inspiration for his name.
It was a public holiday (May Day) and there were so many people in Rome. There was a long but fast moving line to get into the Pantheon. Despite the moving line, I did a quick sketch. Sorry it is so blurry!
BTW It was really nice to visit three round buildings in a row, finishing with the original inspiration.
(Note: The day before we easily found something to sketch, but on this day it was a challenge.)
It was then time to get ready to leave Rome.
What a great start to my big trip! And if you were wondering, I am absolutely loving the portrait format moleskine.
I have a busy two weeks teaching two Palladian Odyssey Umbria Tours coming up, but will try and post summaries when I can.