Friday, 12 July 2013

Italy

I spent 10 years learning to speak French and took my university degree in French and English education because I loved France so much. I traveled there and I studied there. Twenty years later when I finally went to Italy, I felt like I had finally gone home. I wondered why I didn't take a couple of my French years and learn Italian!
Italy...warm, wonderful people, fantastic food, unbelievable art, and eye popping architecture. One of my favorite places in Italy is Venice. And, of course, the most over the top architecture in Venice is St. Mark's Cathedral.
So, here's my tag. The background is painted that incredible blue that you see only in the Mediterranean. Then, I cut water color paper in the shapes of a few parts of the cathedral, drawing designs on them to simulate the cutout stonework and statuary. I layered these pieces, building them up at different levels to try to create some depth. I just wish it were better.


20 comments:

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  2. Your tag turned out great! The blue is a beautiful color, and I admire your sketches. I wish I could draw! I love the French language and took several years in college, although I'm nowhere near fluent. Growing up and attending university in East TN didn't give me much practice speaking the language, and I didn't fly until I was 22!

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  3. Lovely sketch of San Marco, it is a most amazing place isn't it! I did the French route myself by doing ALL my schooling in the language but Italian was the other one I grew up with as a child in Libya!

    Ciao Bella

    Sally

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  4. Every time I've been to Venice I've found something new to look at in St Marks, a beautiful Basilica and you have captured it very well with your lovely drawing. X

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  5. Amazing idea for the tag and the blue sets it all off perfectly

    Chrissie x

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  6. Wonderful tag. I fell in love with Italy the minute I stepped off the plane! Valerie

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  7. A stunning individual tag! So clever to be able to draw like this. Love the blue, too. Carolyn xx

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  8. Very clever, beautiful. I love it.
    Sue x

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  9. your tag is very beautiful. I love it very much!
    Sabine

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  10. Very lovely-- great sky color! How nice you have been there!

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  11. A Beautiful tag, love the colour

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  12. Gorgeous tag! I'm ready to pack my bags and head across the Atlantic...

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  13. The detailing in your drawing is incredible. Blessings!

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  14. These are stunning colours and the sketch of San Marco is incredible, it looks so real!

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  15. Very creative of the use of your great drawings. It has the feel of Italy even tho I have never been there.

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  16. Very classical looking tag, with beautiful drawing and layering. Welcome back to Tag Tuesday, Martha, nice to see your work again. I studied French as you did, at university and then discovered I like other languages and other countries too
    Jane x!

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  17. A wonderful, original idea for your tag. I love the blue too. I think your tag works beautifully!
    Juliax

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  18. This is a wonderful 3D tag Martha and the sky is a beautiful shade of blue :0)

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  19. It's lovely -- and I love the blue!

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  20. Wow! I love that perfect blue, and the depth you've achieved with the layered drawing, what a great idea! :o)

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