Friday, May 25, 2012

Frederico Doda

This was a sweet little park, Piazza Cairoli, in the Ghetto section of Rome that we had stumbled upon during our previous visit.  I liked this statue of a man lost in thought in a comfortable easy chair, his overcoat draped at his side.  Later I googled him; Frederico Doda was an Italian politician and writer.

To see my travel scrapbook with photos from our visit to Rome, click here.

- Linda

Friday, May 18, 2012

Vatican City Wall

The Vatican is amazing, stunning, and overwhelming; it's filled with corridor after corridor of beautiful historic paintings, sculptures and tapestries.  And it's very, very crowded;  I felt like all the tourists in Rome were walking through with us at the same snail's pace.   So, after seeing the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, I wandered away, past St. Peter's Cathedral to a side street just beyond the Vatican City wall to find a spot to sketch.  As you can see it's a very imposing, thick, sturdy wall.  But then they would need that to protect all that artwork, oh.. and the pope.

To see my scrapbook of photos of our Vatican visit click here.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Villa Borghese Garden

Chris and I love the Borghese Gallery in Rome.  It's a huge, elegant mansion that belonged to a Cardinal and is now a museum filled with world-class Baroque sculpture, paintings and furnishings.  Chris' favorites are the sculptures by Bernini, especially his statue of Apollo chasing Daphne.  I love the paintings by Caravaggio and the incredible painted ceilings.

We visited the museum last May and afterwards we enjoy walking through the villa's gardens, which are now a huge park open to the public.  I snapped this mother and child enjoying the fountain behind the museum on that sunny day.

- Linda

Friday, May 4, 2012

Back Street Venice

Recognize this couple?  It's the same couple I put crossing the bridge in Venice a few posts back.  When you have a good reference photo, I say make use of it!  In the other painting I gave her a dress, and in this one I turned her shorts into a skirt.

This was actually the location that I photographed them in; the back streets of the Castello section of Venice.  The buildings were three stories tall and hanging over the street were lines and lines of laundry.  It was much less busy than St. Marks Square area and made me feel like I was seeing the real Venice.  I cropped the image to put the focus on the couple.

This is the painting that I started in my demo for the North Tampa Arts League.  To see the photos, visit my Facebook page: Linda Hugues Studio.

- Linda

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