Wildflowers.  Thistle in sepia and the city of Rome. Part 5.

Artist, ArtTravel, Uncategorized, Urban sketching

Still life and urban sketching.

Rome is an incredible open-air museum that is always open! The streets are scattered with buildings from different architectural eras from antiquity to the present day.

Thistle. Watercolor graphics painting with ink, I used some tender colors of pumpkin, turmeric, pineapple and steams of brick colors in fall. It represents for me architecture of Rome’s Pantheon, its monumental and elegant at the same time architectural antique temple, that was dedicated to the ancient Roman gods and the embodiment of the greatness of the Roman Empire.

In my opinion, the city of Rome is the Elegance itself, you do not need to add any colors except sepia and some tender shades for its marble architecture, fountains and statues on the streets and museums.

Emperor Augustus, when assessing his rule, said: “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble”

Thistle. Wildflower with petals of avocado and cherry’s colors. Riot of these flowers recalls me ancient ruins at Roman Forum. Every time you can discover something new in this city that will wake up your imagination:)

Thistle. Wildflower with violaceous colors of its petals. It reminds me about Borromini’s architecture in Rome, with its concave and convex lines and sharp angles. Remember the famous Gaudi houses in Barcelona? Similar feeling.. Its architecture is a real white pearl, without unnecessary decorations and pomp, they give us peace… Baroque Borromini is completely different, it is calm, airy, at the same time strong and persistent, like the flowers of the thistle. I think all great architects got their ideas from Mother Nature.

Thistle. Wildflower with cappuccino and watermelon colors of petals like Trevi fountain, one of my favorite places in Rome, the part of an antique piece made from natural materials. While staying near the fountain, you feel like floating in the air!:)


Thistle. Wildflower with fiery red, chocolate and dark grapes colors, like Castel St Angelo and an ancient Roman pedestrian bridge with Baroque sculptures by Bernini.

This is my last post about flower thistle that indicates its personality character, strength, inflexibility, firmness, and survives in any conditions. And I did series of these strong flowers that live everywhere and sustain oneself and reminds me beautiful architecture in Europe.

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Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

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