Sunday, November 15, 2009

Florence Sketch and Stroll Photos

This afternoon's Sketch and Stroll participants ranged from Accademia delle Belli Arti students, to Polimoda fashion design students, to Americans who have relocated to Florence permanently or semi-permanently. It was a great group and we had a lot of fun. Thank you to everybody for participating! Here's a comment from one participant: "That was such an enjoyable afternoon and so valuable too. I have avoided learning to draw for some silly reason and this was as painless a way to break the taboo as I could have imagined. Thank you so much for your help and pleasant way of teaching! I really hope to be able to do some more work with you"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Join me and other sketching afficionados for a three hour sketch and stroll from Piazza Santissima Annunziata to Piazza Signoria. This introductory sketching tour is FREE, and all ages are welcome! Bring whatever art materials you like to use, and be sure to bring a friend. Absolutely no previous drawing experience is necessary! We will meet at the equestrian statue in Piazza Santissima Annunziata at 14.00 (2pm). Rain will NOT cancel (in that case, we'll be sure to break out our watercolors!). Looking forward to seeing you then! For any questions please contact me at 331 881 5605 or

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Saturday Sketching and Watercolor continues!

We have been meeting for several months now and the group has grown and diminished and then grown again. My wife Caterina has now joined us, which is great fun! This last Saturday we were all in different parts of our hosts' beautiful are some images.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Sketching and Painting in Paris!!

On March 28th my fianceƩ Caterina and I were married in Florence. For our honeymoon we spent six wonderful days in Paris. Here are some of the sketches and paintings that we did together. What an inspiring place to draw and paint!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday Sketching and Watercolor

In the past few months I've had the pleasure of teaching a small group of students, which include a local Florentine (originally from Rome), and two American expats living in Florence. We've been having a lot of fun drawing and painting in the beautiful home and garden of our Italian hosts. We've also ventured out into the surrounding countryside which affords beautiful views of the city. Topics we've been discussing and practicing include value, color, and composition. We've also studied from past artists such as Turner, and the Macchiaioli group of Florentine painters who were active in the 19th C. Here are some of the works of my students...beautiful!