Sketching camping sea sun nature day one

Sketching camping sea sun nature day one

Sketching camping sea sun nature day one it’s not a cryptic message or some good keywords for better positioning on the search engines. These are the words that we suddenly decided to follow for the next four days.
After we came back I was badly stopped first from a rhinitis that I still have, then a session of dentist, and today with a rhinistis plus faringitis. Yeah.
But I don’t want to waste my next (and last…) four days of leave, plus my love it’s damn decided even if pregnant, to go and to have the fresh breeze and the blue waves of a nice camping near us. Ok. Just the time to sport my sketching grab bag, to take a load of pads, hundreds of colors, thousands pencils, and my dear journal and i feel ready.

We feel ready because also here has plenty of colours and sketching pads at ready.

But today during the daytime I had no time for sketching, and als I had no strength. Arriving around noon, check-in on the camping, waiting for the zone, 39 degrees celsius, mounting the tent and all the accessories and attachments. Woah. Big sweating. If I only had the chance to make some sketching I could use my sweat as water for the watercolors… Sketching is fine, and I love it but… you know, better to not exaggerate. 😉

So here, we went late in the afternoon to the beach (10 mt from our tent…) to have a nice sunset. And here there are sunsets with capital S. We chilled in warm water and after all, even a shower, a light dinner.

A light dinner because we have to write a lot, we have to make a lot of sketching, we have to make art! I miss making creativity and sketching! Here a page from the dear journal of the next coming baby.

Sketching at the camping

And under a low light appended on the trees I’m here writing enjoying the sound of silence and the waves on the shore. The freshness of the evening and the smiles of my love are calling me. Tomorrow I’m sure I will go for full sketching.

Today and he next days with me, my usual work horses and plus these fantastic Faber-Castell water-soluble pencils that I love immensely. They are not professional stuff but I love them. Dunno why on camping they are always with me but probably because I love child stuff that works great also for big childs like me.


Coloring some sketching made in Rome

Coloring some sketching made in Rome

Today I was not sketching at all, I need to recharge my batteries, but reading good books, having nice music and getting a lot of cuddle from my lovely. But later I was suffering, and my hands were shaking so I colored some quick sketches made in Rome last days of our small vacation. just for the sake of information I don’t have any rule about coloring later.
Sometimes I like, sometime not.  When I do the coloring, I just try to not let pass a lot of time because I’m short in memory like a red fish.

So these are some sketching uglies that I colored this late afternoon, just before going to the beach with Her.

This is Piazza Navona from the south side, avoiding all artists (?) that are making cheap portraits. This is the same quick sketch made during night and these are the colors. It’s so difficult to sketch during night or after the light has gone, but I think I have to exercise about that because the good season is got to go.
By the way the orange from the lights and the deep blue, I think I realized the feeling of the moment with this sketching.
sketching in rome piazza navona colored

But also I colored the statue of Girolamo Savonarola in Piazza Campo de’ Fiori. I sketched standing still, with people around me from the totally drunk to that people who are trying to sell you green lasers and shooting lighting toys in the air. I love them…Even this time I think I realized this quick sketching, I even remember the smell of fried potatoes and porchetta near to me.
sketching in rome piazza navona savonarola

I also colored where we eat during these days, here where you can find a good choice of rolls (panini in italian) called Aristocampo in Campo de’ fiori.
sketching in rome panino aristocampo

And a really good pizza, the Neapolitan way, not that turist pizza selling at every corner. Go here, probably is not the best but it’s big time above the average, to me a undeletable moment of joy.
sketching in rome pizza rosso pomodoro

But going around means also taking public transportation, big waiting at the bus stops, meeting mad people shaking and shouting at night, or just people commuting to home to have the right rest.
Here two pictures of that feeling, taken day and night.
sketching in rome at the bus stop

sketching in rome in the bus

A suggestion, in Rome is very difficult to sketch during the trip in bus because they are so shaaaaaaky! Streets are bumpy, rail and the drivers are quite rude. Sketching people advised. 🙂 But it’s lovely the same, as I love Rome from the bottom of my heart.

All these sketching are made with my cheap pigmented pen and colored with my home-made micro kit refilled with Winsor & Newton watercolors over SeaWhite of Brighton Eco Sketchpads.


Sketching last day in Rome

Sketching last day in Rome

The last day in Rome is the last day for some sketching here. So sad. Every vacation or holiday or trip has to finish and this is our last day here. And considered that we have to leave early in the afternoon I think that today no more sketching on statues or buildings or something artistic. We had really no time and I’ve to aid also my love because we have to go slow in the heart of the city, more if we are with high temperatures in this hellish hot weather.

So we have some shelter in book shops. I prefer to go into book shops and not malls because first of all that’s more interesting. And if it’s big enough you can have also a nice coffee or water or whatever. you can also relax, read, and make some sketching.
Et voilà.
If you are planning to go in Rome and you want to visit some nice book shops I can suggest Feltrinelli Librerie here or here, IBS in Via Nazionale, or even in Termini Station there is a good one.
sketching in rome in the bookshop at lunch time

But we cannot stay obviously forever in a book shop and we need to move for Ciampino to take the airplane. We go by a very comfortable shuttle from Termini to Ciampino. So in the meantime we have to check in, later we have also to await for the plane, and… what’s better of doing some sketching in the meantime when we are waiting.
So what caught my attention was this very tanned man with the bare feet above a violet bag. Don’t know why, maybe it’s just a good subject’ 🙂
sketching in rome a man awaiting with bare feet

And also some more people, sorry for the crappy pics but I took these pictures with my phone.
sketching in rome a guy with white earbuds

sketching in rome some people awaiting in cimapino


So we took the flight and so even there I was making some quick sketching.
The man near the window that was deeply inside a magazine, very focused in this reading. I did this quick sketch with my Pilot V-Pen.
sketching in rome in the airplane people reading

Way to home now. I leave this post with this quick sketch between fantasy and reality.sketching in rome in the airplane sketching my love belly


Sketching another day in Rome

Sketching another day in Rome

This day in Rome was better than yesterday for some sketching. Yes, definitely sketching or living or tripping or whatever in a cooler temperature is the choice. Today we started the day very slow, and we went first in a great Rome Museum that I love a lot: Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna. Yes! It is also in one of the greatest park in Rome, Parco Borghese so what else? I ever loved this park since I was going in Rome while I had no hair on my chest…

Going in this museum, visiting it with calm and relaxing, having all the necessary to take a sketch or two or thousand with the air conditioning and not so much people is again very inspiring. And that was! We first visited all the masterpieces in it from Klimt to Gauguin, from Canova to Rodin, from Duchamp to De Chirico, and having also a blast with my friend Andy Warhol in good company with Pollock, Basquiat and Keith Haring. Yeah, great. A good source of mental battery charge and inspiration. Sorry Andy but when I stopped in the middle of  your exhibition I did this sketching… Irony also please forgive me!

I did this sketching very quickly on my pocket sketch pad with my micro kit.Sketching Andy Warhol

The show must go on and after visiting all the museum in every piece and every space included the Cafeteria to have a break we turned back on some masterpieces.

And so started my biggest effort of the day, on a wonderful sculpture of white polished white marble that was showing all its power in my eyes. Gaetano Cellini is great. I took this sketching exercise slowly with no rush while my love was seated on my back admiring other masterpieces. I was sketching on the Moleskine Sketchbook. This time I was sketching  with the watercolor pocket sketching kit of Winsor&Newton.

I continued with other sketching on other masterpieces Iater and did other doodles in the park while relaxing a lot and enjoying one of the best moments in my life, as also we finished our evening in a nice restaurant today but this is another story.


Rome is fantastic for sketching day and night

Rome is fantastic for sketching day and night

Rome is fantastic for sketching during all day, in every season, everywhere probably is more than every sketcher in the world needs for every kind of drawing.

I’m Rome first to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my love and I try to sketch as soon as possible, and today was very hard to because the high temperature so choking. So this morning we went to the Vatican and the Basilica of S.Pietro first of all. After a very long cue we entered.

It was not our first time. And I studied with a lot of passion this Basilica in another life. And so my wish to make some sketching disappeared in a bronze sparkle. It was not the people crowding the Church not the heat inside or the vision of hundreds of statues. My brain says no sketching because every stone, every detail, every painting, every single detail was astonishing me. I felt my mind full of sounds. Sorry no sketching here for this time, only jaw dropping admiration. And thousands of thoughts and remembering.

Under the colonnade of Bernini we took some relax and I sketched without any hesitation one or two Swiss guards. The beautiful suites designed by Michelangelo are always astonishing like a trip over the time. The lines quickly made with my cheapo pigmented liner and colors from my micro kit loaded with watercolors. Quick.

Sketching Swiss guard in Vatican

Now the ice is breaker and I can continue. But the heat here today is beating hard and we reached all our goals very slowly. I was sketching today here and there after that but probably nothing shining.
In the afternoon we went also to a modern art museum that we love a lot, the MACRO. Even there sketching and doodling are part of the exhibits. Fantastic.

During the dinner i realized that only tough people can make sketching during the night, Roma says yes do it to me in every corner. And I’m not talking about people that one can sketch everywhere but I mean something one can sketch normally during the day light. Night is a different challenge, you lose sometimes the details and you have to go first for the volumes and masses.
So I took out my cheap pigmented liner and did this sketch on my small SeaWhite Sketch pad seated in Piazza Navona.
Sketching in piazza Navona

Probably I will color it later, still undecided.

Good night and sorry for the strange writing of this night from my hotel.

ps: not that easy to make some blogging with the iPad… 🙂

Starting sketching in Rome

Start sketching in Rome

Starting sketching in Rome is not easy as anyone can imagine and is also a lot intimidating.Do You know why? Because Rome is like an open museum and wherever you go, whatever you want to sketch is there, and there is a lot. Probably too much.
Do you like to sketch people? Rome is full of people but not crowds as a sardine can. Do you love to pass all your time sketching churches? Rome is a church with some more other things. Do you like to have infinite sketching sessions or bigger sketch crawls loving all single bricks, stones, sculptures, cars, facades, avenues, two thousand years old ruins or modern buildings? Rome has all of this and more.

So that the reason because I was worried and a bit dazed and confused (cit.) while even pulling out the pen from my grab bag or from my pocket!
Also I’m conscious that I’m in Rome not for sketching 24/h but to have some nice time with my lovely wife. Luckily she likes also to write and to draw but I cannot stop every ten meters to sketch a gargoyle or an old column… I will… But I have also a conscience! 😉

Going all day around is tiring, without no doubts. And in Rome with 36C Celsius is even worst. Luckily in Rome there are plenty of fountains (beautiful fountains ehehehe). So I really started sketch ing while relaxing in Piazza Venezia, near the Vittoriano. And I started sketching the King Vittorio Emanuele riding a horse. Quickly on my SeaWhite Sketchbook.
Sketching Vittorio Emanuele riding a horse

Then while we were trying to chill more under the shadow of some trees I went for sketching bronze statues on the Vittoriano. They are on top of very thin columned they are meaning Justice, Freedom and Victory. I think.
Sketching statues of Vittoriano

Probably a life is not enough to sketch all the art masterpieces that Rome has, but I tried sketching the two churches in Piazza Venezia. It was almost sunset (time pass quickly when sketching) over the Moleskine Sketching pad (uhmmm I will talk about it in another post) gifted today from my love.
I enjoyed a lot to sketch these two church but I had no time to complete all the coloring. probably one day later or not, I don’t care, now they are good like that. Patience is over!:)
Sketching the two church in Piazza Venezia

Obviously I did some more sketching but blogging during night is hard.

As always I used my Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon Ink, and Winsor&Newton Watercolors. And thanks to SeaWhite of Brighton in making these good tiny sketch pads and a ciao to Moleskine Sketch books that this time hmm…


Sketching while waiting

Sketching while waiting

Sketching while waiting what or who? Sketching while waiting is always something good in my humble opinion for several reasons. At least two.

First of all you kill the time in a very fashionable way. You just not kill the time while texting messages on the phone with your lover or watch bad tv shows in the waiting rooms. You are killing the time sketching and it’s a stylish way, makes feel you better that all the other waiter so the time will fly in  flick of a switch. 🙂
Second sketching while waiting means that you are exercising even in the most impossible and under a certain amount of stress caused by the waiting. So it means that also that probably you can have fun while other people is going boring, or worst, reading ugly gossip and torn pages, or smoking a cigarette or sweating under the bus stop. And sketching can be done with minimal equipment, even a toothpick burned with fire over a cash receipt.

This is a quick example, I was sketching to kill the time while we was awaiting the Express Courier for an important delivery (a new Moleskine Journal 🙂 ). I was awaiting at the side of the street so to kill some time I switched on sketching mode and I used an almost exhausted (sigh!) Sigma Pen to make these. I think pictures this time will speak more than thousand words.
Sketching while awaiting the car 02

A closer look of this ugly doodle called sketching poorly under the hot sun…
Sketching while awaiting the car 03

By the way today we are in the first day of our vacation so better to make some homework, some services all around so to free us from all the incumbency. And tomorrow we will leave for Rome. 🙂 Oh yeah.

So today was also a day of waiting, so I am sketching these bad+ugly sketching in shopping mall. Time killer again in action. Sakura Pigma Micron Pen and a small Hanemuhle travel journal.
sketching shoes on the shoe shop

But this afternoon we had the real time to chill and to relax in the park and we seated in a nice and comfortable wooden seat. I started sketching horrible things. And so I waited fr something better. Woah. A big black guy caught my attention. He was with  other people, but he never talked, he was never involved by that white people and he was without any doubt a lonely person within other ones. And all my happy thoughts were disappeared thinking about these migrants coming here from bad sides of the world having a lot of hard times. Just asking for a smile. I work for an international organization, and I know. Ok we are talking about sketching not about social. 😉
sketching black lonely person

Here it’s evening and I’ve luggage that awaits me, ready to go in Caput Mundi. I will try to make some good sketching and posting since from there.