I was blessed with great in-laws.
For several months in 1999 my father-in-law, an Episcopal priest, filled in for the head priest of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy. During that time he and his wife occupied the rectory, a house on church grounds, a few blocks from the historic city center.
Knowing what a great opportunity this was for their son-in-law the architect, they sent me a round-trip ticket to Florence and invited me to come stay with them. It goes without saying, this was an experience of a lifetime.
During those jaunts I carried two sketchbooks. One, a standard artist’s sketchbook, for more finished sketches. The other, an old fashioned composition book, for thoughts and less polished conceptual sketches and diagrams.
Here, then, are a few of the sketches I made on that trip.
Well, there you have it. In future posts I plan to develop some of the thoughts penned here. Most I’d forgotten until now, they’ve remained dormant – is it time to dust them off and see if they’re sturdy enough to inspire some extended thinking and writing?
© Donald E. Armstrong and Material Practices, 2013