Last Day of Class

What a busy amazing day! I should be packed and asleep for an early morning departure from Val di Pozza, but my brain won’t stop. I don’t know if I can sleep at all.

ImageThis morning started with a trip to Sommocolonio (Colony on the Summit), another hilltop village nearby. As always, we started down the narrow lane to the equally narrow main road. This is the one-lane bridge the Bells cross every time they come and go from their house. And this…Image is how close the side car mirror is to the railing on each side. The same is true whenever two cars meet on the road. Barely inches to spare! It is hard to fathom. (click on images to enlarge)

But up the narrow roads we went to historic Sommocolonio. I felt pretty good and the climb wasn’t bad at all. Maybe I am getting used to these hills. And the view was beyond spectacular. We didn’t stay since it was going to rain, but we took pictures and nic’d a few figs from an orchard tree. Love those ripe green figs!

ImageOn the way back we saw this guy leading horses to a timber lot. Wood is being cut and set out to season right now and the horses carry it or pull it from the fields to the lots.

Back at the house we had coffee and got to work. I decided to focus on the bridge painting to get it farther along. It had already been glazed red so more details were added. I chose blue for the second glaze just to see what it would do. It was interesting but will need more work. I’ll have to try the process at home to really accomplish anything with it. But here’s a few photos in progress…

ImageImageImageThis will take a bunch more glazes to get the end result, but here’s a photo of the class work for Imagethe week – at least the five of us who are left. Mine is on the far right and is what it looks like after the blue glaze was adjusted. Everyone else only got one glaze done because they all went back and worked on their small oil painting in the afternoon.

At the end of the day we had a final critique and talked about the week. It certainly was productive and we saw a lot of the countryside here in the mountains of Barga.I am thrilled to have started my trip this way – it was the perfect beginning.

In the morning I head for Viareggio – a small beach town about an hour away. More adventure!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellyn
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 20:02:14

    I clicked on all the pictures to get a better look at them… wow that bridge is tiny! Yikes!
    I loved the picture of your painting! And it was nice to see a photo of you at work. I’m glad you’re having such a great trip.


  2. thesketchylife
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 00:53:05

    Thanks, Ellyn. and thanks for always commenting. It is nice to get some feedback since I am far away. The pictures are much more visible when you click to enlarge them.

    Gotta get up and pack now. Miss you all!


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