Sketching Italy – Part II

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For those who missed the first post, Part I is HERE
Leaving Venice was sad but I knew that Florence will not disappoint my artist’s eye. 

And the first thing I’ve run into was an art fair next to San Lorenzo cathedral, where artists were selling their beautiful art:
art fair in Florence
Florence in comparison to Venice is much larger and the colors of Florence are more solid and settled vs vibrant colors of Venetian buildings. 

Lots of towers in Florence are made of sand-color stones, reveling the age in the texture: 
streets of Florence
Hundreds of tourists occupied the plaza next to Palazzo Vecchio, a truly old, magnificent building. Each statue on the Piazza told a story, mythical or historical. 

plaza statues
Far in the distance, Neptune is overseeing the crowd. 
David (a copy of the original that we saw in Accademia ), is guarding the entry to Palazzo Vecchio:
nude statue
Besides the fact that Florence streets, statues, and fountains are like a museum under an open sky, there is also a largest collection of Renaissance art in Uffizi Gallery that I had chance to visit. Unfortunately, in most museums they don’t allow photo cameras; and, I could imagine, they wouldn’t permit a watercolorist sitting and painting there.. But the memory of a beautiful art will stay with me forever. 

One of the five days in Florence, we escaped the city going on 12 hour tour to Tuscany, where we had chance to visit Pisa, Siena, a thousand year old San Gimignano. On the way there, we admired Italian wineries of Tuscany and multiple Sunflowers fields:
Italy
On our last day in Florence we crossed the famous bridge Ponte Vecchio and stepped into the beauty of Palazzo Pitti  with its fountains and terraces.
Quiet walk at Boboli Gardens impressed with hidden paths,  peaceful ponds, and moss-green marble statutes:  
Boboli Gardens
The Florentine time was up and we headed out to the train station. Less than a two-hour train ride from Florence to Rome was lovely. We were passing by farms, mountains, old towns: colorful Italian landscapes: 
Italian landscape
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Sketching Italy – Part I

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After a long long flight, having a refreshing ride in a water taxi, my husband and I landed in the comfortable room of one Venetian hotel:
interior
The couple of sketches I made there were at the time when, after running around the town overwhelmed with heat and the history, we had a chance to cool down for a few minutes and rest:
lamp window door table mirror
Beautiful canals with waters from turquoise blue to milky emerald, flowers on the windows, and polls in the water attracted my attention the first day of our city discovery: 
cityscape
Two gondoliers were resting before the next ride. No rush, no hurry, they knew the next group of tourists is inevitably coming:
Italy sketch bridge
After walking through narrow streets where the Sun never hits the ground, it was nice to find a relatively large square surrounded with two canals and an army of buildings:
monument buildings Italy
But not only the canals that historical part of  Venice is made of. One of the main artery of the touristic mecca was Via Nuova, wide enough to fit even a car or two passing by, and with its colorful old buildings and shops, shops, shops:
Venice Italy trip
After three wonderful days in Venice, visiting museums such Palazzo Ducale, Biblioteca Nazionale, Modern and Ancient Art exhibitions at San Marco Piazza, Accademia and many gorgeous churches and cathedrals, we had to prepare to leave for a new endeavors that were planned on our Italy tour. 
Sitting in the lobby of the hotel Europa & Regina and waiting for the water ride to the train station, I had a few minutes to sketch my last Venetian interior:
Armchair Table Room

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Amsterdam, Holland – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

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When I am going to Holland I will definitely start with its Capital Amsterdam. Being built in early 13th century by 17th century this city became a center of world economy. The rise of merchandise, political stability, and economical success gave opportunity to a lot of artist to thrive and polish their skills. The Dutch paintings, specifically Dutch Still Life, a my favorite of that time of the world history of art. I am hoping to visit as many museums as I can to see the original still lives by many favorite artists (just name a few: Jan Brueghel the Elder , Osias Beert,Osias Beert, Clara Peeters, Jan Davidsz de Heem).

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The sketch is showing one of the historical places of Amsterdam, the church of Sint-Nicolaaskerk
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4″x 6″ Watercolor Sketch on 90lb Cold Pressed paper

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Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt – Travel With Me – Sketchbook Project

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I went to Egypt with my son and my mom back in 1998. My son was only 9 years old and when we went to visit Karnak Temple and all adults were ah-&-oh looking at this thousands-years old wonder, my son decided to play Peek-a-boo with his Grandma. I found it funny how kids don’t really care about the history, they always find something to have fun with. My mom on another hand was so excited that she, the engineer with 20 years career behind her shoulders, wrote a long poem about that day. I found gorgeous panorama where you can feel your are right there and feel yourself so small and young compare to the history. Here it is, courtesy of http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen7/f22-karnak-egypt.html
And here are some interesting facts about Karnak Temple:

The major difference between the Karnak Temple and many of the other sites in Egypt is how long the temple took to develop, as well as how long it was used. The construction of the temple started during the 16th century B.C. About 30 pharaohs gave a contribution to the buildings, which enabled it to reach a diversity, complexity, and size that isn’t seen anywhere else in the world. There aren’t many unique individual features of Karnak, but the number and size of the features is amazing.( from (http://famouswonders.com))
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4″x6″ Watercolor Sketch on 90lb Cold Pressed Paper