Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Un Regalo

Pigment Pen in large Moleskine

I recently received a gift - un regalo- from our very generous next door neighbour, Lorenzo. It's a beautiful old Tuscan wooden trunk. It's moments like these that I become really frustrated with my inability to express myself properly in Italian. In the end I just kissed him on both cheeks. I think he understood.

The other gift I've really appreciated this last year was the inspiring workshop on Sketching from Life that Katherine Tyrrell conducted through WetCanvas. It really inspired me and finally got me sketching in public.

Most of you will already know Katherine through her blog Marking a Mark but if you don't, and you are interesting in sketching, she's posted about it today and includes printable material from her workshop that you can download.

9 comments:

Dave said...

What a generous neighbour! And I completely agree about Katherine's inspirational workshop and blog. Nice sketch too!

Katherine said...

Thanks Robyn. I have to say it was a real pleasure and joy to see so many people take up sketching on an active basis as a result of that workshop - plus I now get to visit all the sketchblogs which followed very soon after!

Lin said...

This is FABULOUSLY DONE, Robyn! I find Italians to be most generous -- don't you!!!

laserone said...

Great sketch, wonderful perspective work. What a wonderful gift, that trunk. :)

Robyn said...

Thanks Dave. We are extremely lucky with our neighbours.

Katherine - We're sort of like your kindergarten group, aren't we ;)

Lin - We share a love of Italians.

Laserone - Thank you. It is a wonderful gift. I wonder if it was once the hope chest of a young Italian girl.

Africantapestry said...

Great sketch and what generosity! Neighbors can be a disaster or a wonderful thing...in your case it seems to be the wonderful! I can lso thankfully say we've always only had wonderful neighbors.
Ronell

Robyn said...

Ronell - Thank you. Everyone in this village is so generous and friendly.

Joan said...

I think he'll remember your thanks for a long time. This sketch came out really well. Great shading with the pigment pen. It looks like a very cozy spot. Ciao.

Robyn said...

Joan - Thank you too.

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