Because Nonna Says

Because Nonna Says

Come to us tomorrow. We have want to fry just fishes. Let’s have a meal together.

Oh yes, this kind of oily and salty temptation was really well accepted.
Obviously something sketched here was only a minor part of what she cooked. Note that me and our family are not starving for now, but you now, nonna (and mamma also) makes these delicatessen for love. Big love

For the sake of accuracy there was (notice the past tense) mussels, cod, big shrimps and many other smaller fishes on this plate.

I’m loving this Noodlers Walnut, for the technicians says, it not fully waterproof but really loving the tone.


These relaxing moments 

These relaxing moments.

#worldwatercolormonth day 3

It does not happen so much time but when it happens it’s a miracle. We are at the beach at the babies are sleeping. So we took the chance to sketch draw listen music and even write. And she’s my wife.

So now the little friends of our babies are coming for play. Yes we’re on the beach and the peace is over…


Few hours in Acquaviva Delle Fonti. Another Quick and lovely trip of an Urban sketcher.

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.

Few Hours in Bari. I’m an urban sketcher.

Few hours in Bari, a beautiful city of the South Of Italy. I felt again to be proud of urban sketcher family.

I was there to help my wife for some things and I had also two three hours off.

Although Bari is a known city to me I took the chance to be a sketching traveler. Imagined losing me I between the streets of Citta Vecchia, breathing the air of its long and fantastic lungomare, taking a coffee in a small caffe near Teatro Petruzzelli. Yes I had few hours of pure fun. 

And I was making something I like the most: being in between people observing them, breathing with them and last but not the least… Sketching!

So I first make a quick tour, I parked my car. It was a sunny day and I enjoyed a lot. This picture is showing so good my view and the mood was consequently something sunny too. So I breathed the salty air of the port, full of noises, voices, and slices of life.

People was running, going to school or going to work, there was life. And I loved to see all of that.

I fought a little bit my sunny laziness and I sketched on the right side. I was inspired by that side. Go! I felt very lucky and grateful to be there and with this right mood I sketched below. Faithful companions under the sun first of all the Stillman and Birn Sketchbook plus the Kuretake water brushes and my over beloved jewel box from Winsor ad Newton.

Near the sea there are also vendors. Probably not a lot of people can imagine how much fisherman and street vendors can yell and shout. I was there. Some fish fresh squids and live octopuses were asking to be sketched. I promised to them later, in the meantime I took these pictures with my ever ready mobile phone.

Few meters, few steps from this gorgeous view I stopped on a stone bollard for sketching. 

I’m sketching a lot standing still with the sketchbook in my hands. This allows a more free (in my opinion) sketching so you can sketch pretty much everywhere. At the cost that I’m not a stable surface and lines can become looser. It’s not always. A bad thing I suppose.

Then I go for coloring and washing what I did, and sorry but aI can’t wash my sketching stand still. But I’m working on that.

It was near noon, the sun was hitting badly and I was almost cooked. I get a nice tan, just don’t look over the neck. So I went to the near park and I made another think I like to make that fills my interior lake. I love sketching, and yes I love even more sketching people (if only I could).

So still in the Mediterranean tradition I was there admiring and sketching old people in the park playing cards. No sorry they were not playing cards, they were fighting for the last day before the Apocalypse.

There was a real important question touching me: where they get that chairs? A quick tour later gave me the answer: they are chained and secured between a small bush of the park. At ready, but no too much visible to most people passing and having a promenade. Smart.

Yes. I enjoyed too much.

Thank you Bari for this fantastic moments.

Interactions near the sea

Interactions near the sea.

Well as often I do I went near mum office to take a breath of air (hot air technically…) and I went near the sea.

I was gladl surprised that finally I fond two people chatting without having any mobile in hand. Also they was really engaged in a discussion and so made them an attractive subject to me.
So I started sketching and I was pretty inspired, first going to underline only with the Zebra ball pen I had handy. (Zebra are really nice for sketching and writing…so gliding and naturally waterproof ).

It took overall not more than 15 minutes. And I was feeling joy, a good sketch that is telling something different going, even under the rush of a short lunch break, in the right way. Not perfect, but pretty close my way.

An this is my setup as usually is always with me.

My ever ready Stillman and Birn sketchbook, Nomadic case, Kuretake brushes (wishing to use my Escodas more), Zebra ball point pen and Staedtler fine point. Plus my staple, my Jewel  case from Winsor and Newton.

Pretty much what I need in this days.