Sketching in Italy


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I was in Italy last week. Can’t believe I just typed that! I ate lots of gelato, ate real Italian pasta, learned to order coffee speaking Italian and sketched and sketched. It was delightful. I won’t bore you to death with all the details, but I will share some of the sketches.

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Tuscany was just beginning to turn green.

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A little stream with an old bridge.

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On a cold, cloudy day we sat in the car and I sketched three little views. I pretended the sun was shining!

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Everything is so old in Italy. The colors are warm, rich and softened with age.

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This is a little piece of the town, Manarola, in Cinque Terre. So many buildings clinging to the rocks, stacked upon each other.

On another note, I finished the collage and I’ll varnish it tomorrow and send if off to Fairbanks Pioneer Home on Friday. Next post will have a picture of the finished piece.

11 thoughts on “Sketching in Italy

  1. Oh, your Italian trip looks and sounds idyllic. How wonderful! And such beautiful sketches (as always). I do love your work, Suzie.

    Tuscany is the one place left on my list of ‘I want to go there some day” (the list was, in truth, pretty short to start with!). I’ve just come back from another place on the list. A particular lake in the Austrian Tirol (the Aachensee) has been on that list ever since I read the Chalet School books when I was a little girl. Ten days ago, I finally stood with my feet in the water and it was exactly as I’d always imagined. The perfect way to celebrate a big birthday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So glad you made it to Italy and caught some early (for you) spring.

    With love,

    Helen. xx

  2. These are well-done and lovely. Can you tell us more about the materials – what size is your sketchbook? What paper? Did you make your book or buy it? Which watercolors do you use. I have discovered Shinhan and am talking them up to everyone I know. Which pens and what pencils? i know, I know: I am asking for a lot. But it would be interesting to see what the kit looked like that you took with you. We are heading for Turkey in about a month and although I always sketch when we travel, I know I can learn so much from others’ experiences. Thanks so much.
    And again….these are wonderful.

  3. Lee, I hope I answered some of your questions with the last blog post. I haven’t heard of Shinhan. I didn’t mention in the blog post which colors I use so this is for you:
    Neutral tint (I use this rarely, but it is there), marine blue, ultramarine blue dark, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, sap green, hansa yellow light, new gamboge(I could do without this one, but it is so perfect for skin tones), quinacridone gold, yellow ocher, quinacridone burnt orange (this replaces burnt sienna and is a much cleaner color), permanent rose, perylene maroon (similar to alizeron crimson), cadmium red light.
    I use Holbein, Daniel Smith and Winsor and Newton colors. Check out this site for color information:

  4. Helen, I Googled your lake right away to see where you went. Oh, how lovely! I’m so glad you had such a special birthday. I’m going to see if I can find one of those books. I love well written children’s books.

  5. I feel a little honored you loved Italy, even if I live in Rome. Your sketches are really amazing, I admire your work.

  6. Thank you, Tine! Perhaps one day I will make it to Rome. I looked on your blog and loved the little brooch, but couldn’t “like” it. It is charming.

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