Stephanie Bower


Stephanie Bower | Architectural Illustration: www.stephaniebower.com | Sketching Workshops: www.stephaniebower.com | Sketches: https://www.instagram.com/stephanieabower/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/83075812@N07/ | Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent www.urbansketchers.org | Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Morning Sketch, Evening Sketch

It's super hot here in Orvieto, and today I wasn't feeling well...I don't think the heat helped. But I came to Orvieto on a Wednesday to be here to see the Thursday market--which sells everything!  Lots of locals, some tourists, and they sell cheap clothing, to pots and pans, paper towells and finger nail polish, and also amazing looking fruits (so many peaches!), vegetables, meats, and incredible cheeses (which honestly, I smelled before I saw them...) Found a spot in the shade before I keeled over and did this sketch. 
Orvieto Thursday Market, the guy with the cane was waiting for his super
friendly very young grandson to run up the steps (where I was sitting)
and come back down.

Finished the Piazza della Republica sketch with the old guys
descretely looking over my shoulder.
Later in the day, I saw the Orvieto Underground, 2 archeology museums, and another amazing underground cave museum.  Then it was back to the piazza to paint the drawing I started yesterday--listening to the old guys hanging out in the square arguing the entire time!

8 comments:

  1. The sketch of the market is so filled with light. Lovely!!! I get excited seeing your sketches, especially since I just booked a trip to Italy and a cruise on the Mediterranean. Ciao!

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    1. Thank you, Joan--I'm so excited for your trip to Italy and Mediterranean--sounds absolutley wonderful, and I hope you'll do some sketching!

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    2. I will probably sketch and paint more than sightsee. After the cruise we will be in Lake Como for about 10 days.

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  2. don't miss the cemetery... great work! hang in there.

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    1. Grazie, Anita--I'm not producing as much or what I thought I would--my gosh, it's a challenge! Which cemetery, the etruscan one in Orvieto or the one in Bagnoregio?

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  3. What a lovely sketch of the piazza! May I ask what colors you have finally settled on for your sketching adventures?

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    1. Hi Marsha, thanks for your message! I am using a base color of raw sienna, which I brighten with yellow ochre and darken with a gray. The gray I use is usually Ultramarine blue with burnt sienna and a touch of alizarin crimson. I add Dan Smith's Quinacridone Burnt Orange into places when wet for the glow of the stone in shade. Sky, I'm always trying different things, but it's some combination of ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, and manganese blue, usually a combination of all three.

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