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Sitting on the stairs leading up to San Pietro in Vincoli, St. Peter in Chains, I painted this tower with a small olive tree. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, perfect for enjoying the sights. https://www.clairecreates.com/.a/6a01b8d27f99f2970c022ad3744382200c-pi Continue reading
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This wrought iron gate is along the long stair climb up to San Pietro in Vincoli, St. Peter in Chains. Besides the chains, the church has the impressive Michelangelo statue of a massive seated Moses with the 10 commandments tucked under his arms. Continue reading
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This is a suggestion of Berninni’s baroque fountain of the four rivers: Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Rio de la Plata. The rivers represent the four parts of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas respectively. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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This was just before deluge! In the foreground are the Pines of Rome, made famous by Respighi���s symphonic poem. Have a listen sometime. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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The tower on the left was drawn with my new gray Playcolor pen which I just learned is very water soluble. Using that to my advantage, I blurred the outlines with lots of water. The dome glows with Daniel Smith iridescent gold and sunstone which, alas, do not photograph. Use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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I saw a jumble of buildings…sketching, trying to make order out of visual chaos: Roman Building Blocks! Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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The Museum of Imperial Forums had a large room, walls lined with rows of amphorae, all sizes and shapes, catalogued by owner, location, contents. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Another quick sketch, just brush on some color. Everywhere I look, I see more to draw, paint! Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Done very quickly, concentrating only on essentials. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Everywhere I look, I hear my paints and brushes calling to me: Paint! Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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A sketch of just one of hundreds of columns remaining on the Colosseum. Note: On right the watermark for Fabriano, a very old Italian paper company and my favorite watercolor paper. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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High on our to-see list was this multi media version of a Pope, Michelangelo, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It is a movie with on-stage dancers, images projected on the auditorium walls and ceiling. “I am a sculptor, not a painter!” Protested Michelangelo to the Pope. The massive muscular figures... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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We walked several miles on the old, 300 BC, Appian Way, still in use today. The original stones are polished smooth by eons of traffic. It was a surprise to see how large the stones are, 15-20" across, a bumpy ride! Cyclists on narrow tires are challenged! Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Part of the fun of going somewhere is the planning and anticipation. That includes designing a new journal to record the sights. This one has vintage mother-of-pearl buttons salvaged from my mother¡s button box. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Inside back journal cover. An enlargement of back cover showing location of "Rome Home." It's just north of the Coliseum. Walk out the door, look right, and there it is! The Coliseum. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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This view from window of "Rome Home" Clothes dryers are not common in Europe. Creative projects and paintings: www.clairecreates.com Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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The Monti area is just north of the Coliseum. The piazza is the living room of Rome. Sitting on the fountain steps, I had a good view of this building. Fun to do the drawing. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Campo di Fiori, dome on sight, perched on the square fountain, musicians playing, people dancing. Laundry, view from apartment window. Clothes dryers are uncommon in Europe Creative projects and paintings: www.clairecreates.com Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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The first part of this painting was a quickly done line drawing using a bold Signo gel pen. There was no second chance. Look carefully and do it! Once I started, it was easier than I thought. Some watercolor added just as quickly…finished! Whew! Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"