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
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