Sea Bathers, Naples. An amalgam of the previous sketches, this could well be worked up into a painting. It made all those life drawing classes make sense in the real world. All body shapes out for sunbathing and swimming fun on boats. The idea of making this image came from glancing at the friends doing their hair. Made near the bay Castle.
Details of the small drawing. Below are the sketches the drawings came from. Made from both sides of the bridge to the castle.
Here’s another version with the sizes of the figures moved about and colour added. Not are about this. Like a toy theatre.
A quick drawing of the Carravaggio at a great gallery in Naples.
The main theatre at Pompeii. You can see how hot it was. My wife (the lady in blue) momentarily sat in front of me before retreating to the shade, so she was quickly captured on the page. The sun bleached the stone, making the need to colour it redundant. Notice how intense the green of the trees are.
Pompeii images. Multiple layers of images seemed the right thing to do in this town, covered, then uncovered, countless lives walking down the streets. The first drawings (with the fish) was a round off the squiggle game. Make a squiggle, the other person makes it into an image. We were talking about garum, the fermented fish gut sauce that the Romans loved so much.
A small part of Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli. The size of these buildings is truly imperial.
My eldest son’s version of the main theatre at Pompeii. A great drawing with added theatre masks which makes sense.
Tivoli in the morning. Made over successive days with acrylic and pencil in the fantastic sketchbook made by our great friend, Sarah A… she said I had to fill it with landscapes, something I haven’t really tried before. It’s been very enjoyable to oblige. It was nice knowing I had some time alone with a very strong coffee, my art materials and the outrageous view.
Some details showing the way the wrk built up over 4 mornings.