Some of my favorite things to do is wander through little streets without a map. Every once in a while, you walk into amazing places. Like the ironwork workshop of Giacomo Giachetti in the artisan quarter of Florence. We didn’t speak a common language but he invited me in to watch him work and I sketched while I watched ofcourse.
Or the restorer’s workshop down the street. It was 10 minutes to lunch and siesta time,a really important break in the day, but he let me come in and watch him work on what he described as a not-very-old instrument (“Only 200 years old”).
Il Canovaccio is a beautiful mask shop in venice. Stepping into it is like stepping into another world.
Sometimes even the most ordinary things make for a fun capture. On the Spanish Steps in Rome I spotted this guy selling very colorful sunglasses.
A quick sketch at an outdoor market I came across when I was lost in the back lanes of Rome…
And the fish market in Venice, early one morning, as it opened up for business.
One of the loveliest things about wandering the little lanes of Rome is that you never know when they will suddenly open up into a vast plaza. Like this one with the Basilica de Santa Croce.
Sketches of a city just aren’t complete without sketching vehicles. The police car in Rome caught my eye.
And there’s no way to miss all the Vespas in Italy.