Today calls for a bit of a change of pace. Yesterday's entry wound up focusing quite a bit of attention on art. While thinking about what I might write about today, I thought I would show you some of my "collection" of photographs. While you look at them, I hope you will be able to view them as examples of "before the painting". Painters of frescoes would not have been looking at photographs; they would have had their own sketches of nature, architecture, people, etc. Today I have the luxury of being able to use photographs (which is a good thing since there was no time to sit and sketch while in Italy) and to combine photos to achieve the composition I want.
Some of the photos are good for inspiration and others simply as photographs.
I really love the drama of this next photo.
Ah, then there are the doors and windows, my dear collectibles. I see these as oil paintings done with a palette knife; it makes my hands twitch with the desire to run and start painting.
Not a door or a window but a charming water fountain.
This window with its shutter flung open looks so welcoming, that wonderful wall, and the little plants on the outside ledge are perfect.
Another window - this one with rough bricks, rough stone, smooth tile, iron grille work, and tender plant . . . what a wealth of texture to try to capture in a study!
Well, you can figure out why I took this photo as well as what I probably think about it. I see this a a pen and ink sketch- to start with.
It's fun to look at these pictures and think about when I took them. Will they all turn into art work? Realistically, no. But some? Maybe.