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

Friday, September 2, 2016

Up the Bridge to Civita di Bagnoregio

Finally made it to Rome (oh, it is soooo hard to stay awake that first day!), then it was off  to Civita di Bagnoregio, a tiny speck of a town to the north, surrounded by a deep ravine on all sides.

I know this town well, having lived here for two months in 2014 with the Civita Institute's Astra Zarina fellowship. My project was to create an architectural walking guide to the town, so with lots of research and lots of drawing, I got to know every stone...


Upon arrival in the mid-day heat, hauling my suitcase up the crazy steep pedestrian-only bridge, I arrived through the front arch and emerged into the piazza where I discovered a few faces I knew. As I made my way to my apartment, I came across even more people I knew, all so welcoming in that oh-so-warm Italian way.  It was actually surprisingly emotional for me, it felt in many respects like I was arriving home to see family.

I didn't have too much time to get ready before the DRAW CIVITA 2016 workshop participants arrived, so I didn't get to do too much sketching. Instead, I was making sure everything worked --trying to fix the internet, buying and assembling a fan, getting groceries.  This was to be my fourth annual workshop here!




There is something really special about this place...I don't know what it is, but it is extraordinary. I think a lot of people feel it when they walk through that main gate...maybe it's that there are no cars, so you are plunged back into Etruscan streets, Medieval and Renaissance buildings...and things stop right about there...this place is timeless.


12 comments:

  1. Ahh. Sounds wonderful and your paintings are so beautiful and evocative.

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  2. What a wonderful place to sketch, wish I was there.

    It is available to explore on Google Streetveiw however https://goo.gl/maps/xzcoWBA2F9z

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    1. Hi Yorky, it is indeed an amazing setting...and I will check out that street view! Thanks for that tip!!
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    2. Hi Yorky, it is indeed an amazing setting...and I will check out that street view! Thanks for that tip!!
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  3. So glad yo got to return there. The sketches are wonderful. Nice that you got such a warm welcome.

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    1. Thank you so much, Joan...I was really amazed by the welcome, it made me feel so happy to be there. I appreciate your message, as always, thank you!

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    2. Thank you so much, Joan...I was really amazed by the welcome, it made me feel so happy to be there. I appreciate your message, as always, thank you!

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  4. Sounds amazing and definitely a giant contrast to Rome! I'd like to visit some day.....I'm putting a trip on my dream wish list.

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    1. Hi Terrie, it' s well worth putting this place on a wish list...pretty extraordinary, I'm not sure why...it's just one of those places that has an amazing something about it...hope you will get there some day too!
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    2. Hi Terrie, it' s well worth putting this place on a wish list...pretty extraordinary, I'm not sure why...it's just one of those places that has an amazing something about it...hope you will get there some day too!
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