Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower | Architectural Illustration: | Sketching Workshops: | Sketches: on Instagram at @stephanieabower & | Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent | Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lunch today in a Cave

Today I had lunch at the bruschetteria next door, literally underneath NIAUSI's Sala Grande where I sometimes work.  At Antico Frantoio (Antique Olive Oil Press), you can have bruschetta toasted on an open wood fire (in fact the smoke tends to blow into my window) and sit in the cave admiring other caves and lots of old equipment. There is a photo of a tiny donkey pulling the huge stone wheel olive press, it turns out that the donkey (now very old) belongs to little Chiara, born here but lives in Seattle and spends her summers with family in Italy.

I like this drawing, I think maybe I'm getting a little closer to figuring out the color palette here...lots more gray than I had thought.  And the bruschetta was delicious!

Delicious bruschetta in a cave at Antico Frantoio, in Civita.


  1. See, this is what I love about looking at your work! They're not stand-alone pieces but part of a body of work that utilizes tools like color palettes and I bet, even particular brushes that help you with the forms and shapes that compose Civita.

    1. Sharon, grazie, how wonderful to hear from you!! I'm slowly (too slowly) figuring out the palette and a way of capturing some of these amazing places in watercolor. And I have your beautiful maps right in front of me and am appreciating all the more...and yes, I switch brushes depending on what I'm painting...

  2. Bella! I think the smell of the wood fire toasting the brochette would have me hungry all the time. Your colors and highlights are great!