Florence: Piazza degli Antinori

Cars in front of the baroque facade of Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano.

Modern cars are so difficult to draw: no straight lines, all subtle curves. And you can’t really see the cars: you can only see the reflections in the glass and metal.

Ink and watercolour, 21 x 13cm

Florence: Piazza degli Antinori

Cars in front of the baroque facade of Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano. Modern cars are difficult to draw: no straight lines, all subtle curves. And you can’t really see the cars as such: you can only see the reflections in the glass and metal.

florence-08-street

Ink and watercolour, 21 x 13cm

Florence: Piazza di San Lorenzo

In front of the church of San Lorenzo. The man on the motorcycle stays in the same position long enough for me to draw him. Some campaigners are imploring people to sign their petition: “Sign against drugs. Is important. Where are you from? New Mexico? Is beautiful, no? Will you sign against drugs?”

florence-07-sanlorenzo

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Florence: Piazza di San Lorenzo

In front of the church of San Lorenzo. The man on the motorcycle stays in the same position long enough for me to draw him. Some campaigners are imploring people to sign their petition: “Sign against drugs. Is important. Where are you from? New Mexico? Is beautiful, no? Will you sign against drugs?”

florence-07-sanlorenzo

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Florence: Piazza Demidoff

In Oltrarno, the much quieter side of the river; much easier to find somewhere to sit and draw. You can see the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Ink and watercolour, 42 x 13cm.

Florence: Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini

Round the back of the church of San Lorenzo. I’ve just realised that you can see some of the church windows (cut off at top right) reflected in the windows of the red car (bottom left).


Ink and watercolour, 43 x 13cm. Click to enlarge.

Overheard conversation 1:

“It’s fifteen years since I was last in Florence.”
“Fifteen?”
“No, fifty.”

Overheard conversation 2:

“French people don’t like curry.”