I don’t fall in love with Rome until there is a thunderstorm.
We are exploring Palatine Hill, the two of us huddled under one umbrella. As we reach a magnificent lookout, the deluge ceases. Rome, freshly washed, is before us under a dramatic thunder-sky. As usual I am exclaiming loudly in my excitement.
A yellow legged gull swoops up from below and places himself right there. (Some people are scared by these enormous gulls – LOOK OUT!) But I think they are beautiful.
As we regard one another while he poses this way and that, a plan for a drawing is hatched.
A technical note:
A light Neocolor 2 underlay makes a welcome base for coloured pencil work, adding soft richness to the drawing. Only the sharply focused seagull is 100% pencil without Neocolor undercoat.