Sometime in the Dark Ages,....
....about 1100 A.D., a castle was built. There has been a castle of varying sizes on the top of this Umbrian Hill to keep watch over the adjoining valleys and hills ever since. Additions were added, a family church was constructed, wine was made and sheep were sheared. The descendants of that original family still own it and live there part of the time. In the earthquake area Northeast of Rome, it underwent a recent and major strengthening done in such a way that the architect owner had to point out to me the steel bars that were drilled through parts of the structure. Just in time I think.
We had a 'over the top' meal in a remodeled back area. Still a very rustic and authentic interior, it didn't hurt that a violinist kept us company while we stuffed our faces in multiple multiple multiple courses. During one of the breaks in eating I had a chance to draw part of the table setting. Several glasses of wine may have contributed to this effort.
We were staying at a farm near Orvieto. I dragged the group for one day in the town spending our time sightseeing, drawing and, again, eating. Here are just of couple of the pages from that day:
All of my drawings are done in a 8.5x11 sketchbook I make myself from inexpensive but durable paper. If you read this before I put in something about how to make your own sketchbook for markers, pencil, pen, gouache and (even) occasionally, oil paint, then check back. I'll have a page on this blog or a link to those directions.
And, of course, there is always my marker book you can order. Look on the blog for the page that gets you there. There is a marker workshop coming up this Spring....to be announced.
I'll be back with more.
Almost forgot. The Winslow Art Center sponsors regular trips to various parts of Italy and soon, other areas of Europe. Check out the Center's website HERE.
Thanks for reading.