Few hours in Acquaviva Delle Fonti. Another Quik and lovely trip of an Urban sketcher.
I had the joy to help my wife and we went it together out another day. We two, without kids (sigh). Yesterday we was in Bari, the day after we was in Acquaviva Delle Fonti. A wonderful small city having its origins in the middle age if not before.
So went to the center of the City and followed and walking trail. Very touristic, interesting until a certain point. I went straight inside the heart of the crowd and I chose to follow people smell. this Church of San Benedetto was my first encounter. Lovely but not inspiring to me. Not at this time.
Also I had some time to go around and enjoy few hours of arts and sketching. I was very lucky beacuse in the city there was a lot of schools students out showing their masterpieces. Many art a oratorios from schools of any grade were there. It was exciting. A new breeze for the heart and my internal lake filling again.
So much people out and I loved to see drawings, pictures, compositions, sculptures, recycling, thirst paints, and so forth. I enjoyed to see their proud in letting out their feeling for their city. Really I was admiring them all and the professors trying to rule them all… It’s not that easy!!
A cup of latte freddo macchiato just to start, as my personal tradition, this new adventure. So seated on the border of the sidewalk I started sketching the palace in fort of me with the big clock. I started sketching really relaxed non caring all the young dudes surrounding me and few curious childs. This is also what I love from being in between people and sketching them: I feel like melting with them, painting not the reality ( I can’t in any way) but offering to my remembers my view
I was very slow today but I didint care. I’m not making any sketching race. Sadly and happily I also finished my favorite ballpoint gel pen that I used so much, the Zebra pen.
Weather was so nice and so sunny I took another pause and I went around the City Palace. Nice building, full of young boys preparing other arts arterial to be displayed on the place. After this pause I seated again on the sidewalk, this time in fort of the main cathedral. The rose window on the center is stupendous. Intricate details and marvelous integrity and symmetry. Wonderful. This rose window is over a very elaborate portal entry, with two lions on the bottom of the columns, showing this romantic heritage. What else.
I started sketching with my arms spending so to capture in full the light and the view. Tiring position but very rewarding for the soul.
I will remember that cobalt blue sky forever lightened by a clear intense sun. I was going slower as I was cooking under the sun without any shadow. Few minutes before noon I ended. Not fully satisfied indeed, but hey these are my remembers saying “you were there!”. I also added few caption about my personal best point to remember of this Cathedral.
Again thanks to my faithful companions, like Stillman and Birn gamma Sketchbook, Stadtler Pen, Kuretake water rushes and my small tireless colors in the Winsor and Newton Jewel Box.