I have now been in Vicenza for 24 hours and it’s so wonderful to be back again for the third time. It is a beautiful but relaxed city and I’m starting to feel at home here even though I don’t speak Italian.
I will be very busy for the next fortnight teaching two back-to-back Palladian Odyssey Tours, so it was important for me to get my sketching up to speed and have a little ‘me time’.
After a long haul flight (34 hours door to door this trip: Sydney-Dubai-Milan-Vicenza) it often takes a few days to get the sketching flow happen. But this time I’m very happy with what I managed to achieve straight away, especially as I’ve been so out of practice and lacking my usual motivation over the last few months.
So here is first real sketch for the trip – of the incredible Basilica Palladiana in Piazza dei Signori. This was done ‘paint-only’ and it was great to start off preparing for the upcoming 30×30 challenge.
This morning I managed to sketch…
Loggia del Capitaniato – a building that I have sketched numerous times, including a demo for SketchingNow Buildings. I love it so much that I don’t think I will even get tired of sketching it.
Here are photos of some of my double page spreads so far:
Title page with my sketching kit. I sketched all the pens/brushes/pencils very quickly in the plane and might add another pass so that they are ‘as finished’ as the palette (it’s somewhat neater as it was done a month ago for an exclusive Palladian Odyssey video).
My usual clothes packing list (also done on the plane) and then a record of my paper weights (useful for next year) and a schedule of my sketchbooks (how many I intend to use, when I am picking up new books and when I am hoping someone can take one home for me).
It has been really weird being alone in Vicenza for the last 24 hours – I kept thinking of all the lovely people who were here last year for the first PO Tours and it didn’t seem right without them. But sketchers are starting to arrive and I can’t wait to meet everyone this year – we have people from 12 different countries attending!
I hope to write a report on PO Tour 1 next week, but in the meantime I will be posting regularly to Instagram (including lots of stories).