Janelle and I have always loved Siena, and wanted to try and get back there, so we took a mini trip into Tuscany for a couple of days. The drive through the countryside, the scenic route, felt like being home again. It's one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
Once in Siena, we made it to the free parking area, snaking up to the historic center..it was good to be back. After checking in, we headed to the Duomo. I always wanted to climb up to the top of the unfinished section, and finally we did.
We spent a good amount of time inside the Duomo, too. The weather was a little wet, and there was so much to see.
|Some higher inspiration|
|Inside the amazing Duomo in Siena|
|Frescoes by Pinturicchio, and a Roman copy of the Three Graces, from the Greek original.|
Also in the Duomo..
|San Dominico church-Beauty and strength.|
I took this from the terrace of the place we stayed at.
|Artist at the Wishing Well.|
|Janelle took some shots-that's me, sitting at the base of a pillar.|
|Just another small, gentle painting.|
There is so much history, centuries of history, in that place. Just trying to remain humble, enjoying and paying homage to the moment. And the place.
|Is it possible to hear history?|
|The piazza becomes a studio. Tranquility for just a few moments.|
|"Il Campo" 12 April, 2012|
The short video below gives a small sense of the sounds, activity and energy of the daily dance of this piazza.
All going on while I sit, absorb and distill some 40 years of painting into a moment. It's just me, my style.