Foligno rooftops – A4 drawing pen & watercolour
We have just returned from five days in Umbria thanks to the generosity of my artist friend Elda Abramson whose wonderful apartment in Foligno we stayed in. I took my sketchbook and some pencils and drawing pens and a travel watercolour set – just enough to be able to capture scenes and colours without being loaded down.
For the first time I can say I started to feel comfortable drawing outdoors with people around. That feels like an important breakthrough for me. However, my best sketches were done from Elda’s terrace overlooking the rooftops of Foligno with a drawing pen in one hand a glass of wine in the other!
Foligno rooftops – chimney detail
Foligno rooftop – dome of the Duomo
Spoleto – this house reminded me of a carriage clock. I didn’t even notice when drawing that all my lines were leaning to the right.. a bad habit of mine that I need to watch out for!
Turtles at Foligno Railway station – this was a very quick sketch while waiting for a bus and the perspective of the pond edges went completely wrong in a way that is rather pleasing !
Alleyway in the hill town of Spoleto
Woman looking down on the piazza – very quick sketch to capture the outline of tiny woman in large window – it was a lonely and melancholy scene.
Looking down the valley from the top of Spoleto – a bit of aerial perspective going on here… although I wouldn’t choose dark outlines if I was tackling aerial perspective in a more formal way.