The Duomo in Florence seemed a great subject for trying out more walnut ink sketching techniques. I was explaining to the friendly people that I met yesterday at the Daniel Smith demonstration in advance of my January 27th workshop that I find walnut ink a really wonderful medium for drawing. First of all, it flows so nicely from the pen (which is why calligraphers love it). It also can be mixed up in various saturations and loaded into a waterbrush. So it really can be quite portable and makes great little values sketches. And for some subjects it seems to be just the right color, like the beautiful churches and civic structures in Italy. The color hearkens back to Old Masters drawings; in our minds we carry around a set of artistic archetypes--these colors speak to me of the Renaissance both early and late, Leonardo, Michelangelo, even later artists like Tiepolo who excelled at the brown wash, chalk and bistre drawings. These artists are so worthy of our imitation!