Florence Study I 26.5.15
So many treasures visited on this memorable day. To explain the last entry, we often had dinner in the stations of many Italian cities. As I recall Florence station was one of the best. No need for reservation…”our usual table” was always available.
Finale Ligure reflection 25.5.15
After Manarola we stayed in the Youth Hostel in Finale Ligure, the magnificent Castello Vuillerman. We’ll never forger climbing the more than three hundred steps, with packs on our backs, to the Castello where the view of the city, seen in this window reflection, was well worth the climb.
A maintenance day in the studio today with stretching and wiring. Stay tuned for the images to be revealed in a few weeks time. Back to Italy and the journal tomorrow but in the meantime a painting from a while ago. This one of Riomaggiore, another of Cinque Terra’s five villages, where we began our walk along the Via dell’ Amore to Manarola.
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terra
Breaking ranks in the corps de ballet.
I took this photo nearly fifty years ago during a rehearsal at Covent Garden, and the negative is as pristine today as it was all those years ago. In response to Cheri inviting us to “find beauty in something broken” for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken
Siena study I 23.5.15
Memories of the warm stones of the Piazza del Campo that July evening, after a day spent seeing the glorious treasures of this historic medieval Italian city, come flooding back, and especially that “magnificent sandwich” of Parma ham, cheese and pesto from Antica Pizzicheria.
Venice study I 22.5.15
Painting this watercolour and ink sketch in the studio this afternoon allowed me to re-visit our magical trip to Venice in July 1999, a visit documented in a precious journal that I kept throughout our Italian travels that year.
Over the next few days I think I’ll continue with the Italian theme that I’ve started as it is reviving such happy memories, and re-visit a few more special places together with their associated journal entries. I hope you’ll come with me.
A hill in Umbria II 21.5.15
Enveloped by darkness these peonies come to life with the magic of light painting.
Manarola, Cinque Terra
No studio time today but instead a painting from a few years back after our visit to magical Cinque Terra on the Italian Riviera. After taking the train to Riomaggiore we walked along the Via dell’ Amore to Manarola where we spent the night. Sitting on the terrace that evening under the awning of the restaurant you can see on the quayside I shall never forget having the best Pasta al Pesto in the world.