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November 5, 2012

Bagnaia's Piazza



























No doubt, whereas some Urban Sketches are practitioners of quick sketching, I'm quite the latter. I'm most often, a "long-form"sketcher. Especially for this drawing, which took a number of hours over the course of two days.

I was lucky to sit on a shady, church staircase giving me a nice direct view of this clump of houses in the small town of Bagnaia in Central Italy. Sitting for so long, I absorb a great deal. But, whether I'm creating a long or short drawing, it's the impression that matters most; the feeling that that attracted me to the place in the first place. That's what's the most crucial. Frame of mind is as important as framing the page.

15 comments :

Caro (la Dewor) said...

such a wonderful and impressive work, I love it so much!!!!!!!!!

Paula said...

Love the light and shadows you captured Fred. The monochrome is very attractive too. Well done!

Teresa Giménez Pous said...

Superbe work. I enjoi it a lot¡¡¡¡

Diane Hicks said...

Gorgeous, the light is amazing. Very inspiring to a complete newby at sketching. Thanks!

3eCheval said...

Very impressive. And superb monochromatic.

Bajzek said...

Awesome drawing!

kumi matsukawa said...

What a charming and characteristic place! I'm so taken by the warmth.

Doug Provins said...

The lighting / shading is spectacular! Nothing new to say here but I thought it was worth repeating. Thanks for sharing.

Behzad Bagheri said...

Wonderful work. I specially love the Lights and shadows.

Jutta Richter said...

Brilliant work with beautiful light and shadows.

Liz Steel said...

this is so brilliant fred - as others have said the light and shadows are stunning... but also the details as well. I love all the random angles.
Do you have any problems with sketching for a long time- sore neck shoulders, back? Sounds like you had a perfect spot!

Murray Dewhurst said...

Superb! This type of sketch must take real dedication.

Veronica Lawlor said...

I love that description - long form sketcher. This one is steeped in that Italian feeling; makes me miss Italy.

Unknown said...

When I saw your long form sketch, I gasped then let out a long sigh of contentment. I felt like I had been sitting there with you for at least a few minutes. you have communicated the "feeling" of the place perfectly!

Fred Lynch said...

Thank you all for the kind words.

Liz: I sit on a wonderful collapsable stool ("WalkStool") and that helps to comfort me. That said, long drawing like mine can cause cramping!