I call this post Italy sketches, part 2, because I didn't want to use the adjectives 'last' or 'final.'
I am now so thoroughly in love with Italy that I'm superstitious about using such words. I will be back. Italy calls me.
Still, here we are... for now. A few representative sketches from my last, my final days ON THIS TRIP.
How, again, to render the Dolomites in a small sketchbook? It's a tough one. Here's the best I could do... just the energy, lines, subtle colors, and basic textures.
Here is the double spread from that day in the Dolomites. I have Photoshopped out the big wire rings from my sketchbook and joined the two pages as best I could.
Can you believe this...those jagged peaks were once coral reefs at the bottom of a sea! This was in the Miocene epoch, 20+ million years ago. I remember it as though it were yesterday.
Enlargement of righthand side of spread:
My friends and I spent one glorious night in a hotel above Cortina. At the bar we drank our favorite aperitifs and I caught a moment on paper of the mother of the family who runs the place. She was looking a bit tired after a long day of dealing with guests.
After our trip to the Dolomites, my friends and I returned to their lovely home overlooking the Val Liona. Sitting on their terrace, I sketched Penelope's peach tree, edged by a bed of lavender, with the valley and Eugenean hills as backdrops:
And then it was one last round of coffees together before they drove me to the train station in Vicenza:
I miss Penelope and Michael, and I miss Italy. I'll be back sooner rather than later, that I promise.
(Oops, here's a sketch I forgot to include yesterday, the icing on the cake, as it were!)