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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Colorado Color

Colorado Color
9 x 6". Acrylic
Rita Salazar Dickerson
Autumn in Colorado. Two weeks ago the colors by the Arkansas River near Salida were golden with accents of red and deep green. It was a warm, breezy day - no coats required.  As my husband, Robert, fished, I painted.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Visiting Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany Color Study
9 x 6", acrylic on panel
Rita Salazar Dickerson
It almost seems like a dream to me now. It was a warm, fall day. I sat in the shade underneath a fruit tree and looked out upon this scene of rich greens and sienna colored roof tops. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Visiting Siena, Italy

Often times, it is the surprises in life that are the most memorable. Take my visit to Italy, for an example. I was surprised to find myself there. It was not a trip I had spent months pondering on, but when the opportunity presented itself, I didn't hesitate to accept.

After the late arrival in Tuscany the night before, the plan was to spend a good part of the following day visiting Siena. Walking through her narrow cobblestone streets, our first destination was the Duomo, a cathedral so beautifully unique that I still find myself thinking about it today. 
Lupa At The Duomo
3 1/2 x 5 1/2", (sketch book) Ink Pen
Rita Salazar Dickerson 
It was a mild October afternoon. Before entering the cathedral, I sat outside enjoying the view of the main entrance. Breathtaking. This column of the female wolf (lupa), the symbol of Siena, with the two small figures underneath her, captured my attention.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Village Church In Tuscany
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 (sketch book) Ink Pen
Rita Salazar Dickerson
We arrived late at night in Tuscany. With the car's headlights, the only distinctions that I noticed as we drove up and down the narrow, winding, country roads was the relatively warm, dry air and the tall Cypress trees that occasionally loomed over us - silhouetted against the dark sky. And so the next morning I was excited to see the great contrasts to what I had been seeing in England.

Our first goal was to visit Siena. Along the way we stopped briefly at a little village. I only had a few minutes to draw and so I looked up to see this church with its simple yet interesting roof line. I had to forgive myself for all of the imperfections from the moment I started - reminding myself that the purpose of this sketch was to study the lines, note the perspective of the bell tower - and to draw a memory!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Visiting Northern England: Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey
5 1/2 x 3 1/2" (sketch book) Ink Pen
Rita Salazar Dickerson
I had packed my little paint box with its built in easel and made plans to find the perfect spot to sit down and paint this scene. The air was brisk and the clouds floated by like cotton candy. The wind was fairly strong at times so I walked a three mile path around the grounds of this beautiful abbey, then ate my picnic lunch -  all the while waiting for it to calm down. It never did. And so I perched myself on the grassy bank of the River Wharfe and drew it instead.