As the gales blow outside and the rain, sleet, and hail come bouncing down I am staying indoors and thinking about warmer times and places. This was started by tidying the study and finding a copy of a photo taken in June 2009 that I printed off but never actual used for drawing or painting. So I decided now was the time for a picture with a bit of warmth in it; not something I'd find on Orkney at this time of year unless I was drawing the fire in the lounge.
It's not my usual pen and ink (ie drafting pen) but you try and get warmth into a pen sketch (now there's a challenge!). Scanning has washed the colours out a bit.
In 2009 I attended a (sort of) training course in Archaeological Geophysics at CNR (National Research Council) just outside Rome. I stayed in a very nice hilltop town just outside Rome and a few miles short of CNR called Monterotondo. I enjoyed the course and met some really wonderful Italian students and academics; and ate some fantastic food!
I did of course visit the more famous sites, including my absolute favourite the Pantheon where I had a play with my, then, new camera...