I really wish I would have sat and sketched more while in London and especially Rome. We just wizzed through places and streets so fast it felt imposible to find moments to sit and sketch. I did sketch one fountain in our neighborhood. The Santa Maria in Trastevere. It’s a simple fountain and it was very similar to the foundtain a Marylhurt Universiy. Perhaps this is why it became special to me. I even took a selfie with her!
It’s funny to go back and read Button’s The Ar of Travel because he talks about Ruskin’s thoughts of trying to posess beauty and how we always want to. One way is by trying to capture it in a picture which I have done with myself in it too of course. He also says “…the most effect way of pursuring the conscious understanding was by attempting to describe beautiful places through art, by writing about or drawwing them…” (Button 216) There are many pictures I took with the full intention to draw them or make block prints from them later because I want to have another connection with them. It’s so interesting how we want o have and keep the beauty we see.
This fountain was a beacon for us. We met here a lot, waited for others here, sat around and wached all the nght life here and use Sana Maria as a base to find other’s apartments. It wa a lovely little fountain with stairs that became more and more poplular as the sun went down. One of the best moments at the fountain when my instructor Meg and I were waiting for part of our group around 8pm. To our right was a street perfomrer getting the crowd excited for him to juggle flaming batons to lame techno dance music. Directly to our Left was the church Santa Maria and they were in the middle of a mass with the doors open. It was such an interesting juztaposition of life, culture, day in age. It was so Roman to see these two things happen simultaneously. Rome is really filled with moments like that. It was neat and funny. I will miss Santa Maria in Trastevere, she is a beaut’.