A lot to catch up on as I've had a little blog/fb/art break, just enough to recharge my batteries!
Starting from the most recent, yesterday was a sketchcrawl day for the Palermo Urban sketchers. We went to S.Giovanni degli Eremiti (St. John of the Hermits church), a ruined monastery and church in beautiful peaceful gardens.
My first sketch was from halfway up a bell tower, I quickly sketched while my companions climbed to the top....the rickety spiral staircase was just one step too far for me. I should have smelt danger when we were given crash hats at the entrance! Colour added later.
The view was great across the city looking towards the cathedral.
The cloisters inside the garden were my favorite, slim delicate columns and arches among the trees.
The church originally from 6th century became a mosque during the Arab domination of Sicily and is in an Islamic architectural style. It was returned to a Christian chuch by the Normans 1130-1148.
It is built of simple geometric shapes, five cubes (earth) with domes (the sky) on top.
The red domes are symbol of the city.
Even with tourists milling about it was still a quiet, special place in the middle of a bustling city, well worth a visit!