“This year’s Bath Society of Artists Annual Exhibition will run at the city’s Victoria Art Gallery from May 16 – June 27, 2015. Now in its 110th year, this hugely popular exhibition is the highlight of the gallery’s calendar and assembles the cream of regional artistic talent.” – virtualmuseumofbath.com
Two of my pen and ink drawings were selected for this exhibition. They were both inspired by the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.
There is something awe-inspiring about sitting in the shadow of this majestic Florentine Cathedral.
From whichever direction you look at it, it is impossible to take it all in. The closer you get to it, the more layers and details are revealed. Capturing it on paper is even harder. I remember spending about an hour just trying to decide which little portion of it I could draw, and whichever way I looked at it, I was missing out on more than half of the Cathedral. Once I started, however, I got lost in the detail of the marble, the delicate arches and the striking colours. During that time, I felt like this glorious building and I were the only two things that existed in this bustling city, connected, yet apart.
Only an artist can understand the special type of appreciation you feel for a place when you draw it.