Northern Italy in May, some sketches

I recently spent several days in the Veneto, with my husband and two great British friends, who now live near Vicenza. Here are some glimpses of that time: One of my favorite northern Italian hill towns—Montagnana, where we sat and had cappucini while I sketched the main square. On a warm, sparkling, quiet morning, I managed a sketch of the scene opposite the Rialto  markets. Eating in Italy is one of life’s great pleasures. We ate.  Venice is pink and decorated. Here’s a case in point, a detail from the Doge’s Palace.  Too big a spread to be scanned. The Rialto fish market, complete with fish heads carved into the […]

Venice…ah, Venice

So after seeing the post of Margaret’s drawing of Venice, I decided to put a few of my own Venetian drawings up as well. Can I just say, I LOVE Venice. I’ve been hooked on Venice since the first time I saw it. It’s lovely, and Turner was right on with the color – you can’t seem to ever catch it totally, which is how he painted it. The top drawing was made in San Marco, on the piazza – or is it the piazzetta? Maybe some Italian blogger can help me with that one…! At any rate, the entire place smelled deliciously of coffee and pastries, and the waiters […]


It’s 5:50 in the morning.  I have the flu and I can’t sleep, so I decided to go online and I went to Urban Sketchers and saw that my friend, Melanie Reim has joined the ranks of urban sketchers!  This inspired me to make another blog entry.  This is a watercolor I made in Venice many years ago when Ronnie Lawlor and I were there. Venice is astounding and vivid.  We had such a great time there. It was Oct.- Nov. and they had agua alta at that time.  St. Marks Square was flooded, but still filled with people and pigeons filing around the square on wooden planks.  I have […]