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Florence, Day 2: Mimicking the Masters



I started the day as I ended it: climbing to the Piazza Michelangelo. High above the city, it’s both a workout and a magnificent view. I mean, breathtaking. Above is in the morning; below, at sunset.


I spent the rest of the morning just wandering, exploring, going off the beaten path. Pure joy.

After my morning wonderings of delight. I headed off for class. One might think because I paint nearly every day that who needs class? Yes, I paint every day, but it’s been years since I returned to the basics of college, like copying the masters, as I did today. That’s how the masters themselves learned: They copied those who went before them, sometimes spending 7-8 years in a guild studying under a master.

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It gave me a kind of giddy joy to have the time to play in this manner today. Remembering things forgotten, rules learned and tucked away, just out of view. A joy to simply render what is before me. The works of the greats.

Ending the day back where I started it, up above the city. Dinner of roasted artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and marinated mushrooms with what else but a fine local Chianti. Life is indeed good. As I lay my head down I’m struck by how important it is in life and art to learn and re-learn the lessons always!

The details delight. A city born of art, unabashedly adorned. A Mecca for artists and art lovers alike.

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Checking in from Florence



Arrival in Florence always takes one’s breath away. The charm of its Renaissance streets and the majesty of the Duomo, the River Arno and its main bridge, the Ponte de Vecchio.

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For me, though, it’s the quiet splendor of its maze of winding roads, quaint tabernacles, adorned windows and doors, and the little neighborhoods off the beaten path that wow me as I think of all the famous minds that graced these streets before me.

Walking in the footsteps of the Medici, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Giotto and Dante, to name just a few. A time in history so rich in creative boom that it has scarcely been matched, even today.

florenceday1-5As I contemplated all this, I sipped on Chianti Classico (made in this region) while eating bruschetta, thinly sliced sausage meats and sundried tomatoes, finishing off with the famed Tuscan steak. No, that’s not true — I finished it off with my favorite lemon gelato while walking around feeling pleasantly humbled by this great city.

Sweet dreams!