I'm so busy relaxing....enjoying my family's company, changing chairs from shade to sun to shade, a swim here, a terrace lunch there, a mystery novel to finish (Conor Fitzgerald's The Dogs of Rome), that I haven't been writing blog posts. My laziness is aided by the lack of an Internet connection at our rental....
But I have been recording my impressions of our visit in my illustrated journal. I have limited materials here (the journal I brought isn't the best paper for watercolours; I'm using a tiny set of 8 watercolour blocks; only 3 pencils; some aqua pencil crayons, and a few finetip waterproof ink pens). I also, obviously, have limited abilities. But I have limitless enthusiasm for this activity, at the moment, and I thought I would share a few pages with you.
The technical issues on the page photographed below are fairly obvious, yes. But I hope you can also sense my absorption in the scene. I may not have effectively represented the green foliage spilling over the wall in the bottom right, but it's surprising how much I will remember from having looked and thought and analyzed and mulled over paints and colour and whether or not to attempt detail (I chose "no"--that's pretty clear at least, right?)
This morning, I had another go at this scene, from a slightly different perspective, and then on the facing page I sketched a few items from our breakfast. It's so satisfying, so much fun, to play around with possible arrangements. And since it's just for me (except when I share a page or two here, or dazzle my family with my talent--hah!), it doesn't really matter how recognizable or "good" my efforts are. So freeing!
But in case you're wondering what it really looks like here. . .
Have you taken up the habit, yet, of the Illustrated Journal? Or do you prefer other methods of recording your travels? Or perhaps you prefer to live just in the moment and leave memory to its whim. . . I am reading and enjoying and appreciating very much your comments, whenever I get a few minutes of catch-up time on the Web. Sadly, for now, that time doesn't extend to answering your comments, but if you listen very, very carefully, you may hear me answering you from a terrace by the sea in a country where so much is Bellissima!