As anticipated, the Vatican provided an overload to the senses. Between the cool, open, and massive space of St. Peter's, the profusion of ornamentation and horror vaccui of the Vatican Museums, and an unexpected Contemporary exhibition at the Vatican Museum, the walk to the Galleria Borghese was a welcome (albeit more strenuous than expected) pause. At the end of the day, I was fully stimulated! After these two art venues, a group of us (me, Wes, Sandy, the Andersons, Jean, and Shelley) walked to the Spanish Steps, had drinks and dinner, then strolled to the Trevi fountain. Afterwards, we had a wonderful slow meal on our way back to the hotel.
Today afforded more time for sketching. My heart skipped many beats as Sandy and I encountered students happily sketching throughout the Galleria Borghese. Later, we stumbled upon students rapidly sketching at the Trevi Fountain. I was happy to call them our own! Go team Lander!
I have noticed that in my sketches, I am paying more attention to negative spaces. Perhaps this is because I am planning to incorporate multiple figures into my work when I return home. I am unsure how I will handle the space in these works, but I think I'll find an answer in studying/sketching on this trip. The sketches (below) are made with waterproof and water-soluble ink pens. Some were painted with watercolor this evening. I've noticed that some of the captions are inaccurate (ex. substitute Bernini for Bellini. . . must be the jet lag!)