|10" x 7", ink & watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
I definitely had a love/hate relationship with our GPS on this trip. It was a great help 90% of the time, but the other 10% was enough to make me want to scream! I just had to include a tiny sketch of what the screen looked like the night it sent us off into dark oblivion on a highway to nowhere...
We were so relieved to make it home to our cozy house that night. Travel is always an adventure, isn't it?
Day 6 was a day to chill out and reenergize. In the morning, we explored the local neighborhood on foot, then in the afternoon drove north toward the Dolomite Mountains and did a little sketching.
|10" x 7", ink & watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook. The top sketch was drawn and painted on location. The grape vines were drawn from photo references. I used a Noodler's Creaper Flex pen with Lexington Gray ink.|
In the evening, we popped open the bottle of wine we had bought at the winery the day before.
|10" x 7", ink & watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook. To make my wine sketch more interesting, I included the mosaic tile backsplash of the kitchen in the house where we were staying, fitting it in between the sections of text.|
It was wonderful to spend a vacation day just meandering - seeing the real Italy, driving the back roads, exploring the countryside and tiny villages where nobody speaks English. It's the vacation I'd always dreamed of.
I didn't see Florence, Rome, or Madrid on this trip - I'm saving them for another time - but I got a taste of what makes Italy so special: friendly people, beautiful scenery, and art everywhere you look, from the grandest cathedral to the flowers on a windowsill. I can't wait to return!
Coming up next: We visit the lovely city of Vicenza