What a whirlwind trip to Florence. To see the city we lived in, to absorb the sounds and light, visit some of my favorite restaurants and spend time with some of my favorite people. It was great to be back in town, to just concentrate on painting outdoors.
I lived in Florence for more than a decade, yet somehow I never got around to painting some of the hallmarks of the city. I guess it just felt too touristy at the time. As soon as I settled in Boston I realized there were a few views of Florence I had always wanted to paint, but never did.
It was a great time to be in town, the Florence Academy’s term was just closing, so I was able to visit with a lot of old students and friends. Robert Bodem’s sculpture program had its final open house at its current location in Via Luna, and that gave me a great opportunity to paint a view I had wanted to for years. We lived just around the corner from Via Luna, and I had always wanted to paint the humble little street corner.
It was great just to concentrate on sketching, walking all over the city, painting places as if I was visiting old friends.
On a personal note, an interesting part of the trip was that after a few days enjoying being in Florence I suddenly realized how much I missed Boston. It’s a curious thing when your concept of ‘home’ changes.
It’s been fantastic to spend the past few days in the studio, touching up the sketches, listening to good music and enjoying the sound of the train passing nearby.
It’s great to be home.