Sunday, October 12, 2014

Finding inspiration in Italy (part II)

During my recent trip to Italy I spent a week in the International School of Graphic Design in Venice Italy. I also spent a day in Florence and a couple of days in Milan.
I took hundreds of pictures that will be a source of inspiration and memories for a life time. It is hard to pick just a few for this post but I'll do my best.
What I loved seeing the most was the decay of the buildings, the peeling paint and the graffiti. Those made the cities I visited more human and less tourist attractions. And many of these became just beautiful abstract art that I could happily hang on the walls of my home. I was attracted to these more than to the classical art, although I have an endless appreciation and respect to the work of the masters. As an artist who loves color and texture this city was the perfect destination!
My next post will include impressions from Milan, Florence and the colorful island of Burano.

                                    one of many shops with Carnival theme display

                             beautiful combination of modern art with old architecture





































   this unique book store was apparently under water a few times during the 'Acqua Alta'
   that Venice is famous for. The owner took advantage of the water soaked books and created walls, stairs and a patio from book bundles. There is also a Gondola inside the store and other boats full of books.








                                                 one of the many galleries displays











5 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

so so BEAUTIFUL! You gave me something inspiring today!

Seth said...

Such inspiring images. I particularly love the shots of the decaying walls.

Jane LaFazio said...

Omg. So very beautiful. I visited Venice a few years ago, and it is one of my favorite cities. But, after seeing your gorgeous photos, I'm reminded that Venice is the most visually stunning cities in the world! Thank you for sharing your view....

donnaj said...

love the "book architecture"!

Kate Kline said...

I was turned on to your blog by a friend. Your photos are just beautiful. I, too, like graffiti and decaying rust and walls. Thank you.