|collage entitled Fault Line|
We were in Umbria about 3 days after the big earthquake of Amatrice and area
My collage was also inspired by the contemporary work of artist Danilo Fiorucci I saw at Flash Art gallery while in Trevi.
|I do remember the blue blue cloudless sky |
while sketching the negative space
the oldest olive tree in Umbria, 1700 years old.
|I sat on the grass at the bottom of the small hill |
and sketched the hammock I saw every day as I walked on the way to the pool.
Sitting in front of something and sketching it is better for the brain. You remember the place well when you go back and see the sketch.
|I had already washed this page with green not knowing what it would become|
but the wash was perfect for what I sketched-
the olive tree trunks.
For example, in one sketch I saw 3 shapes that reminded me of the cypress trees that are usually planted around the cemeteries. I automatically painted them green but then I remembered I had drawn three arches inside a wall! Had I been painting right in front of the scenery this wouldn't have happened.
I worked on a weaving inspired by our afternoon where we learned about silk making during medieval times.
|The weavers often macrame their ends.|
heard from the other travellers that are still in Italy exploring on their own that they continue to sketch!
|Burlap bags on the floor of the paper making bottega. |
They are filled with rags which were turned into pulp for paper making.
I stitched the side of the page like the edges of the bags were sewn.
I am so happy about that.
|We had to sew something into our book.|
I sewed a hand-made paper, made using medieval tools
and washed with a local red wine.
|I worked it so the red thread encircled the sketch|
of a dead moth I found on the terrace.
It means they liked their sketching experience in Umbria.
(images of some of the pages of my Umbria journal, summer 2016)