Thursday, January 19, 2012

Florence Meets Rome

I absolutely love old architecture.  If an old building has a dome, I love it even more.  I occasionally sketch architecture from photos, and have done the occasional painting.  I have a few pastels (among other things art-related) lying around.  I've barely used pastels, except to dabble, but I am so inspired by Michael Newberry's beautiful pastel drawings, I sketched this on my lunch hour today.  When I visited Florence this summer, I was enraptured by the city.  The cathedral in Florence is unlike anything I've ever seen.  I didn't have a photo reference, but who can forget that orange-ish dome?!  The base of this sketch was completely made up, but it reminds me of the photos I've seen of the Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, hence the name of this sketch.  This sketch is unfinished, but I kind of like the semi-abstract nature of it, so I think I will leave it as is.

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