IFJM 8: Bologna to Parma

8 April 2015

“Anytime you get clear about what you mission is
or what your focus wants to be, things start to
come together in your life.”
  Eve Ensler

W15 4 8 IFJM 002“Santa Croce, the Basilica on the Piazza.  Home to the bones of Alberti, Dante, Galileo, Michelangelo, Ghiberti.  Franciscan.”

From my journal:  “Leaving Florence.  Grabbed coffee and some sort of biscotti and wandered to the plaza to see its emptiness.  We don’t have far to go but want to wander on our way to Parma.  the other worldliness of travel has finally arrived.   What is foremost in my mind now is an inner dialogue with dead mentors (Moore, Koenig); what I want our characters to see and feel and smell; and my intense reconnection on so many levels with Mik.”

“If buildings are to speak, they must have freedom of speech. . . the things they can say be they wistful or wise or powerful or heretical or silly have to respond to the range of human feelings.”  Charles Moore

W15 4 8 IFJM 004W15 4 8 IFJM 003“First stop 10:00am.
Sanctuario Madonna
di San Luca.
Outskirts of Bologna.”

From my journal:  “The architect gifted us with a surprise view through the wall to the intense blue sky.”

“Look at the juxtaposition of these two sacred places.”

W15 4 8 IFJM 008“Sanctuary of Santa Maria Della Steccata”

From my journal:  “Arriving in Parma, checked in for three nights, then went down the block to the lovely church where so much activity for E & M occurs.  The sanctuary I chose due to name and location, but oh, it is a sweet gem of a building and we are both taken by it!   The color [of the stonework] changes from quin gold to Minnesota pipestone [Daniel Smith watercolors] as clouds rolled overhead.”

“We walked and walked between our first encounter with Santa Maria and dinner — all routes E & M and her family will walk — to the Pallazzo Della Pilotta, to the theatre, to the Piazza del Duomo (outdoor market) and to the Cattedrale de Parma.  We’ll visit them in depth again, but oh, how cool to see what we’ve been imagining.”

“Appreciate everything , even the ordinary,
especially the ordinary.”
  Pema Chodron

From my journal:  “Dinner at the very romantic Gallo D’Oro.  We wanted fish, but ended up splitting Parma ham (we “had” to) and an unusual tortellini, antipasta, wine and local cheese/custard and not-very-sweet dessert.  Warm Tuscan colors, cheery, crowded, maybe family owned — and around the corner!  After ward, another walk, down to the Parma River and out onto a bridge.  It’s not Paris but it is lovely and romantic . . .   and I notice lots of people our age holding hands and kissing.”


Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil, De Artramentis Document and Super5 ink, and Daniel Smith, Holbien and QoR watercolors.

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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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8 Responses to IFJM 8: Bologna to Parma

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Katie – these paintings are truly lovely. I see the serenity you are feeling in the Italian air. Such inspiring quotes. My heart beats a little faster every day as I anticipate this cherished peek into your personal journal.


  2. Valerie-Jael says:

    Great sketches! Valerie


  3. Florence was absolutely magical to me….thanks for the beautiful reminders. Your artwork is lovely.


  4. AyalaArt says:

    Beautiful art… beautiful quotes too!


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