Part of my study abroad trip to London and Rome in September is a series of blog posts about the things we see and do while on the trip. This is the third of seven required posts about Rome and is a sketch I made while at the Borghese Gallery.
Sketching a piece of art while at the Borghese Gallery was interesting. In my case, I was sitting across the room from it (the only place where there was a chair so I could sit and try to draw) and thus I had some distance from the sculpture. I could make out the details of the piece without being distracted too much by the tapestry it was standing in front of or getting jostled by the crowd.
I did have the same experience that some of the other trip members did, of people wandering over to look at what I was doing and try to figure out why is this strange person sitting in a chair sketching a sculpture using only one green colored pencil (naturally, the day we did sketches was the one day of the entire trip that I didn’t have my sketchbook and art supplies with me in my backpack).
I wouldn’t say that my sketch was great, but I think it did accomplish what was in the Ruskin reading: taking the time to look at a piece of art and slow down and really try to absorb and appreciate what you are looking at.