|Piazza in Serravalle|
|cat nap on the garden wall|
|Sgraffito Bird, Flowers and Leaves|
During the fourth day we also tried painting on a wall outside. Fresco is very temperamental, preferring temperatures that are not too hot, and days that are not too windy. The mortar must stay wet while you are applying pigment, and then should, ideally, dry slowly. Unfortunately, it was a hot and windy day. Day four's efforts proved to be a practice run, and ultimately we reapplied mortar over our work on the morning of the fifth day. The morning was nice and cool and a thunder storm rolled in, which made for perfect fresco weather. But, after the rain storm passed, the wind and the sun returned. There was not time to paint around the whole window before the temperatures got to hot and the wind too strong. Alma did the detailed brush work around the vines and the flowers...I watched in awe.
|from the inside looking out|
|waterfall flowing over sandstone|