Marc had just taught a workshop in Cortona, Italy, and I was about to teach a workshop in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy--so we all decided to meet in the middle, in Venice. Honestly, I was pinching myself on a daily basis.
|First sketch of the trip, found Laurel and Marc at the center of Venice, the Piazza San Marco. |
Can you see the influence of jet lag in the sinking buildings left and right?
OK, I was absolutely intimidated attempting to keep up with Marc. He works so fast, so beautifully, using his brush to paint in such a gestural way. He draws very little and paints a lot, the opposite of me. His was the one workshop I took in Paraty last year, and he is so good, so clear in his instruction--a really natural teacher and incredibly talented artist. Sitting next to him, I found myself trying to work faster and faster, trying to paint like him, which of course, I can't--although I wish I could!
|Sitting below a bridge, next to Marc and my husband, Rich, |
this is the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Eventually, I found my way back to my trusty mechanical pencil and the drawing of architecture I like to do, but it took a few days of sketching before I could settle down. You can see my search in the sketches.
Having a few days of adjustment to a new place happens pretty much every where I go, and I discovered that this is very common for everyone else too, which is why instructors try to arrive a little early before the USk symposia.
|Panorama view of the canal looking across to the famous, Ca D'Oro after a huge rainstorm. Click on the|
image to see it larger!
Venice was absolutely beautiful, with glorious color-saturated views at every turn. It was also crowded and hot (or so I thought before I went to Asia...), all adding to the blur and magic of this beautiful floating city.
|Small, quick sketch of the bridge across from the train station, sketched from our hotel,|
sipping delicious caffe latte in the morning light, before running to the train. I'm sketching
this view in the image at the top of this blog page!