This page was drawn during a day trip to the tiny hilltop village of Certaldo Alto, which is just a few miles from the villa where we stayed.
|10" x 7" ink & watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
Clockwise, from top left, the sketches show...
- a sidewalk cafe in a vine-covered brick building with Larry, one of my students, walking down the street toward me
- two of my students (Rebecca and her sister, Debbie) sketching at the same sidewalk cafe
- a distant view of Certaldo Alto
- my mother, Saundra, standing in front of a beautiful doorway surrounded by flowers
- and, in the ellipse, the ancient well in the center of town
Here's the video I recorded while I was painting:
I have to apologize for the streaky lighting in the video. I think it has something to do with the fluorescent lights in my studio. I thought you might like to see it anyway. :)
Our day in Certaldo Alto was about as perfect as a vacation day can be. We had time to wander through the ancient streets, taking in all the details that I love seeing when I'm in Italy - old wooden doors with chunky door knockers, wrought iron grill work, colorful flower boxes, worn stone steps, layers of handmade brick and stucco, lace curtains, red tile roofs, and so much more. We ate lunch outdoors at a little cafe. There was time to sketch and look at the views from the old city walls. And a few of us even managed to find some gelato before heading back to Villa Bacio.
Here's another page of sketches I did that day...
This one shows a pretty pink stucco house with hand-painted wall decorations, a jumble of old buildings, and an elegant shrine that I spied high up on a wall.
I'll be back in Italy again this fall, introducing another group of sketchers to the beauty of Certaldo Alto and the surrounding countryside, and I'd love for you to join me! There are still a few spaces available for the week of October 1-8, 2016. Get all the details here.