Italy Watercolor Series 2007

After the NYSS Drawing Marathon in Orvieto, I spent a week in a small house outside of Todi, Italy. Every morning I painted the sunrise, along with my friend and professor. As watercolor is a new medium for me, as is waking up at 4am, and I hadn't painted from nature in over a year, it is needless to say that I struggled during the process of painting these sunrises. I felt like a child when I painted the first sunrise; clumsily, freely and unaware of my materials. By the end of the week, however, I was able to create miniature compositions with bold, clear color choices. The dates below the pieces demonstrate the progress (I hope!) that I made during the week. Enjoy!

For photos from the marathon, visit: Italy 2007 Photos: Orvieto, Arezzo, Bologna, Florence
To see artwork from the marathon, visit: Orvieto Summer Drawing Marathon 2007


Day I: Domenica (Sunday)


Todi in Darkness before Sunrise
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.22.2007


Todi Before Sunrise
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.22.2007





Before Sunrise over Todi
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.22.2007






Red Egg-Yolk Sun
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.22.2007






Yellow Egg-Yolk Sun
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.22.2007



Todi Domenica Sera, alle Otto (Sunday Evening, 8pm)
7.5" x 11" watercolor on paper
7.22.2007
Day II: Lunedi (Monday) 


 Todi alle quattro e mezzo della mattina (4:30am)
7.5" x 11" watercolor on paper
7.23.2007






Todi prima dell'alba
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.23.2007




Todi prima dell'alba (with red dots)
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.23.2007






Todi cerca l'alba: Un cielo grandissimo!
(Todi near dawn: a grand sky!)
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.23.2007




L'alba di Todi
10" x 14" watercolor on paper

7.23.2007


Day III: Martedi (Tuesday)


 

Purple Todi before Sunrise
8" x 8" watercolor on paper
7.24.2007



Todi, Pale Sky Before Sunrise
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.24.2007



Todi Tuesday before Sunrise
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.24.2007





Todi Sunrise in Red Sky
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.24.2007



Todi Tuesday Afternoon
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.24.2007



Day IV: Mercoledi (Wednesday)



Todi before Sunrise
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.25.2007





Rainbow Sky before Sunrise
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.25.2007






Dark Todi, Rainbow Sky before Sunrise
8" x 8" watercolor on paper
7.25.2007




Todi Sun Peeking over Mountains
4" x 8" watercolor on paper
7.25.2007




Todi Sunrise on a Clear Day
4" x 8" watercolor on paper
7.25.2007


Todi Sunset
(alternative titles: Todi as toad, Todi as pizza)

4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.25.2007


Day V: Giovedi (Thursday) 


 
Todi Flying Clouds before Sunset
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.26.2007



Todi Purple Clouds before Sunrise (panoramic)
4.5" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.26.2007




Todi Red Sunrise (panoramic)
4.5" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.26.2007




Todi White Sunrise
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.26.2007


Day VI: Venerdi (Friday)


Todi Purple Mountains before Sunrise
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.27.2007




Todi Before Sunrise (panoramic)
4.5" x 14" watercolor on paper

7.27.2007





Todi Orange Sunrise (panoramic)
4.5" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.27.2007




Todi Red Sunrise Surprise
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.27.2007




L'ultima notte a Todi: La Luna
(The last night in Todi: The moon)
10" x 14" watercolor on paper
7.27.2007



La Luna e gli Arboli
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.27.2007


Day VII: Sabato (Saturday)


 
Todi Morning Mist
4" x 6" watercolor on paper
7.28.2007



Finally...some oil pastels!



Orvieto Landscape
8" x 11" oil pastel on paper






Orvieto Haystacks
8" x 11" oil pastel on paper



Todi Still Life with Fruit and Flowers
11" x 8" oil pastel on paper



Todi Dawn
8" x 11" oil pastel on paper

Comments

Oxford Don said…
I'm thinking of On Kawara ('I got up', and 'I am still alive') and the idea of a daily practice of painting; an idea developed even before Gerhard Richter popularized the phrase with the publication of his (abridged) notebook. The idea of watercolor giving you a run for your money is familiar; but you seem to work best with it when you ignore its liquidity. But such works need to be viewed face to face, as watercolor and such lose much in reproduction/translation.
Oxford Don said…
I'm thinking of On Kawara ('I got up', and 'I am still alive') and the idea of a daily practice of painting; an idea developed even before Gerhard Richter popularized the phrase with the publication of his (abridged) notebook. The idea of watercolor giving you a run for your money is familiar; but you seem to work best with it when you ignore its liquidity. But such works need to be viewed face to face, as watercolor and such lose much in reproduction/translation.
Hostels Italy said…
It was a nice post!

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