corner S Nicola

Tufa blocks are used as building materials in many of the underground spaces I have visited. Made from compressed volcanic ash and mined close to Rome, they are dense with history and texture. For me they hold a whole world of fascination.

Later today I will go to the underground space of the Basilica S. Lorenze in Lucina, only open the first Sat of each month at 5.00 pm. So not a painting opportunity, but I may be able to work on getting special permission and go back. Actually getting permission to paint is not possible, we describe it as drawing! And I have made a very discreet painting kit, it fits into a fisherman’s tackle box. Someone commented it could be my lunch box….well I do like my food. So once underground if it seems I will be undisturbed – out come the paints.

One Comment on “Tufa”

  1. Really like the details and tonal aspects of this painting and others. Think it’s intriguing that it is by stealth these places are made visible.

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