Day 15: September 8, 2014
Alesha and I did laundry for the first time here (with the washing machine) and it was a bit confusing, but we managed to figure it out. I also hand washed a few things to try to save money. After that was done, Alesha, Jen and I went out to buy art supplies at this art store called Salvini’s. After that we went to the studio to finish setting up our spaces. We were there at the studio for quite some time and decided to go to the market to get some pizza and gelato.
Day 16: September 9, 2014
The roommates and I hung out for a bit in the morning while we had breakfast then went to do groceries. For some reason we were all quite tired after we got back home and I’m pretty sure itis kicked in after we ate lunch. We had planned to go to the studio after our nap but we all overslept and decided not to go to the studio because it was already late. While Jen made dinner (backed chicken and ghonnci with pesto sauce… yummy!) Alesha and I went to this store called Tiger to get some supplies.
Day 17: September 10, 2014
It was a rainy, sad day. My combat boots are not waterproof so my feet were wet. We took a train to visit the Gori Collection in Pistoia and the work was amazing! Some of the work was time based which I find interesting because it is on going work without the artist actually having to be there since nature took over. The property was huge and I could not image the amount of time it must take to maintain the place, but it was beautiful. Very peaceful and surreal with lots of tress. It was a nice change from being in the city where grass barely exists. On our way back home we stopped by this pizza place and I have to say that the pizza slice from there was the best tasting pizza I have ever had and the best part was the fact that it was only two Euros! I was so burnt out from the day that I was having a hard time trying to follow along in a conversation with a couple of my classmates.
Day 18: September 11, 2014
We had our very first in-class lecture and it was hard to follow along because there was a lot of text on the slides and our prof was taking quickly and going through the slides quickly. We had a guest come in a teach us about Fresco. The best part was that we were able to make our very own little Fresco paintings! The first thing we did was create a cartoon which we used to transfer our image with a dabber (red powder in a pouch). After that we painted. Jen and I also had my very first Italian class and it was pretty basic but good because I need to learn the basics haha. After Italian class was over we went back to the studio where I stretched three canvases. On our way back home we stopped by a store called OVS (similar to H&M) to see if we could find some rain boots but we were out of luck. While the roommates and I were making and eating dinner we watched The Hangover and I edited my fourth Italy Vlog for YouTube.
Day 19: September 12, 2014
We went to visit La Specola Museum and it was awesome!! My favourite part was the bones collection. I did three sketches while I was there but first drawing I did was the best one… it just went downhill from there haha. The museum also had taxidermies. I was disappointment that the human bodies were made out of wax because I wanted to see the real deal. Later on in the day Alesha, Jen and I went to the studio and I finished stretching more canvases. In the evening our neighbours hosted a party and it was a nice time to bond with my classmates. :)
Day 20: September 13, 2014
We had a lazy Saturday and really didn’t do much to be honest. Everyone needs one every now and then.
Day 21: September 14, 2014
Slept in, did the groceries and went to the studio. No need to fluff it. I was originally going to do my first assignment inspired by architecture but that changed after I drew a butt. If you want to see a picture, just check out my Instagram.