|10" x 7", ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
The scene on the lower half is one that I painted the next day when we took a drive through the countryside near Asciano, south of Siena.
There were lovely old villas and castles on hilltops...
Each home was surrounded by orchards, gardens, and olive groves...
The vibrant yellow-green of the new spring grass was made even prettier by masses of bright yellow wildflowers...
The rugged Apennine Mountains were a hazy blue-grey on the distant horizon.
I wanted to see every corner of Tuscany, but I only had a few short days! It was tempting to feel shortchanged, to regret that I couldn't see it ALL, but, instead, I focused on soaking up as much as I possibly could while repeating this mantra in my head... "I'll be back! Somehow...some way...I'll come back!"
To give myself a visual reminder of the towns we visited in Tuscany, I added a map page to my journal.
All the roads we traveled are in black, with the larger highways indicated by heavier lines. The squiggly narrow lines are the windy little back roads where we enjoyed the best views of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
|Lettering was drawn with a blue gel pen, then filled in with gold metallic gel pen|
Coming up soon...more sketches of beautiful Tuscany!