|10" x 7" ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
The town was bustling with crowds of people, everybody happy and excited about all the goings-on. Housewives moved from stall to stall, while old gentlemen stood in twos and threes, conversing, just to pass the time. There were bicycles everywhere and lots of people with little dogs in tow.
Vendors were set up throughout the city center, selling everything from kitchen supplies and children's toys to fruits, vegetables, and fish.
The flower vendors were what really caught my eye. April in northern Italy isn't particularly warm, and we had experienced some fairly chilly days since we arrived. Most of the landscape was still dressed in the dull colors of winter, but walking through the market in Vicenza, it seemed that spring had arrived with all its gorgeous colors!
The flower stalls displayed an amazing variety of flowers - azaleas, hydrangeas, sunflowers, roses, gerbera daisies, crysanthemums, larkspur, and many more. Even orchids and other tropicals were braving the cool spring air.
I didn't buy any flowers, since we were heading for Tuscany the next day, but I did find some clothing that was pretty irresistible. Taupe was the preferred color - we saw it everywhere - and who am I to argue with Italian fashion designers? So I bought a pretty taupe blouse/top, a taupe polka-dot dress, and a lacy taupe skirt.
|10" x 7" ink, watercolor, and goauche in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
This sketchbook page shows all my flea market purchases, and since we had so much fun shopping that day, I gave it a lighthearted feel by adding spatters and confetti-like spirals and squiggles.
Sponging a darker shade of purple on the text box with a natural sponge gave it a bit of texture.
The polka dots on the dress were painted with gouache...
but the lace was done purely with watercolor.
Now, every morning, I make a cappuccino for myself with the little Italian moka coffee maker that I bought that day in the Vicenza market, and I reminisce about all the cozy cafes where I gratefully sipped a hot espresso during my two weeks in Italy.