I was lucky enough to have spent some time studying in Rome during my Third year at Cornell, this was a long time ago. We lived in the Trasteere and walked across the river to our classroom at Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne (See below)
(Source: Lalupa via Wiki)
We traveled North and South, and I remember I keep seeing these discarded fruit and veggie wooden crates around markets near my house, so I started experimenting oil pastel on them and ended up taking two pieces back with me. I never probably taken photos of them until today, so here they are: On the very top is the Crying Virgin Mary, I don’t remember where I got the reference from, I think it was from this church in Northern Italy that only a single wall depicting the crying Virgin survived the Allied bombing during World War 2.
And below are just water splashing around the Tiber river
I tried to copy the style of Japanese wood carving and fuse it with what I saw in Italy. Anyway, just a short trip down Memory lane. I often wondered how my former classmates are doing right now, hope they are all happy and well. I am happy to say my professor at Rome, Kay Walkingstick is having her solo show at the National Museum of the American Indian. Please check out her works!