Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sketchbook Journeys - Italy: Day 10 (Last Evening in Northern Italy)

On our last evening in northern Italy, we headed to our favorite restaurant for one more yummy dinner and were seated in a private alcove with a balcony, overlooking the outdoor patio. We felt so-o-o-o special!

10" x 7", ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook

Even though I had done several other sketches of the restaurant (here and here), I decided to do just one more when I saw our birds-eye view and the huge hanging globe lights. It was nice to draw from a different view point. I whipped out this quick sketch before our smiling waitress delivered my piping hot pizza.

Detail

I snapped a picture before I dove into my pizza, so I could add color to the page at home. I'd rather get something down on paper and finish it later than to tell myself there isn't enough time to do a whole painting, so I won't even pull out my sketchbook and pen. I would have missed out on a lot of great sketches if I had been compulsive about finishing things on location.

Also, sketching while waiting for your meal to arrive, when everyone else is scarfing down bread and butter, saves a lots of calories!



13 comments:

  1. What a delightful sketch, and I love how you've captured the glow from the hanging globe lights.

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    1. I wasn't sure how I was going to do that, but it worked out in the end. It does have a glow. :)

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  2. pizza with smoked fish? interesting:)

    thanks for a little bit of summer - it's sooo grey and gloomy today...

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    1. That pizza sounds kind of gross, I know, but, believe me, it was wonderful!

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  3. Thanks for the reminder to just get something down on paper. So often I let "perfect" be the enemy of "good enough!"

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    1. Well said, Edie. I need to remember that myself. I tend to fuss with things way too much. Better to splash on some color and move on.

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  4. Lovely sketch and a different view. I like your composition on this!!

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  5. What a lovely sketch...and an interesting point of view. Your sketches are always so inspiring to me! Even the little date marker is adorable. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I think I need to make an effort to look for unique points of view more often, instead of taking the obvious approach. It does make for a more interesting page.

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  6. Very inspiring on doing work on location. At least get something down.. that way you have the flavor and its easier to finish later. a camera is good but it loses the moment that a sketch there can capture. Do you write something down right away to copy later so you don't forget? your whole sketch book is just lovely.

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    1. I have a pocket notebook that I keep in my bag when I'm traveling, and I jot down little notes during the day of all the things I see, people I meet, meals I enjoy. Then, in the evening, I pencil it all in roughly in my journal. If I have time, I'll then ink over the text with a Pitt pen, but often I do that later, on the plane coming home, or back home, after the trip. I try not to get more than a day behind in my journaling when I'm traveling, because it gets very difficult to catch up. The task becomes overwhelming, and I start to lose my enthusiasm for the task. It's a lot of work, but I absolutely love having the end product.

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    2. Thanks. I use a S Pitt pen by Faber Castell is that what you use? I notice the color isn't black. :) I keep trying to get my printing to look better. :)

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  7. I just love those globe lamps and how they do glow! And, what a wonderful setting!

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