Two Weeks in Rome
I’ve been back at the easel for a couple days now after two weeks in Rome which we spent looking at art. As I mentioned in an Instagram post, it’s important as an artist to see great work in person, to learn from it, and aspire to it. It’s very centring and puts it all in perspective.
My overwhelming feeling of Rome is that it’s a city of sculpture, of three dimensions, from the Romans, to the Renaissance, to the Baroque. The sculpture and its integration with the architecture creates a dynamic cityscape.
The way that sculpture is integrated with the exterior of buildings and interior niches, columns, pilasters, and cornices, creates an amazing play of light which reveals volume in revelatory ways. There is much to be gleaned from this as a painter.
This was my fourth time in Italy and third time in Rome. It’s nice to reflect on the changes in one’s life and work over many decades as measured against the eternal city.
I realize we’re just living in Edmonton but this feels lucky, too. The goal, simply, is to just work, try to stay healthy, and make good paintings.