Monday, December 19, 2011

Create: Bringing Italy Home

I was inspired.  It would have been a lot of work to not be inspired in Florence.  Love was in the air as we giddily explored the streets, drank espressos at the bar, and managed to perform a lover's quarrel on the stairs to the Uffizzi.  I daresay that my husband became more Italian and I pretended to be.

To celebrate our first anniversary, I promised Mr. Palindrome a large scale painting immortalizing our honeymoon.  I hadn't picked up a palette since college, but I started a study with wild abandon.  Then I let the study and my large blank canvas sit alone in my makeshift garage studio for nearly 5 months.  With our move impending and knowing that the canvas must have a few weeks to cure, the pressure pushed me in the right direction.  What started as a dream, led to a picture and culminated in a painting. 
It only sat unframed in our apartment for a few months. *Sarcastic eye roll*  Then this procrastinator figured I'd better finish the gift before our second anniversary.  We gathered two prints and another small painting of Italy that we've collected and curated them together in our living room.
I'm quite happy with the texture and color on the dome itself, but I also pick it apart every time I look at it.  Mr. Palindrome wondered about the sky, and I agree that it could use more interest as far as clouds, but the fact is there wasn't a sad lone cloud in the sky that day and I faithfully painted it.  My artistic license is somewhat restrained.  Perhaps the colors of the hills could use more attention.  But it's up on the wall now and it reminds me of my Italian stallion lover boy.  *Shoulder shrug and sheepish grin*

I'm participating in WEverb11 this year, a series of writing prompts focused on reflection and future.  Join us and learn more at WEverb11!  Today's prompt was: Share a creative project you undertook this year (art, writing, DIY, cooking, home decoration, crafts, photography ... whatever comes to mind). How do you use your creativity to express yourself?


  1. Beautiful painting! And I love your home decor...more decorating posts, please! :)