Author Archives: Denis

About Denis

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art; I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I have always been inspired by the art of Romantic painters such as Eugene Delacroix, John Constable and W.M. Turner. I consider myself a modern Romantic seeking to capture the emotion or feeling of a subject above all else. Charles Baudelaire described Romanticism as "...situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling".

Ancient Rome Part 2

Finally, I am getting to the second part of the post on the ancient quarter of the city after a brief detour through the Borghese Galery and our adventure trying to reach the Spanish Steps. Returning to the Coliseum, this … Continue reading

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St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel

I took a solo trip to visit St. Peter’s Basillica. When I arrived the security checkpoint wound around St. Peter’s Square and was a four hour wait just to get in. Determined that there had to be a faster way … Continue reading

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Borghese Gallery

I realized as I was writing that I needed to break up my trek to the Parthenon from the Coliseum and the Forum. After visiting the Pantheon we headed to the Borghese Gallery. Since I was unable to get my … Continue reading

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Ancient Rome

It is impossible to to take a single step anywhere in the city of Rome without encountering visible remnants of the old empire. You are literally standing on layer upon layer of history. As we walk from Termini, the main … Continue reading

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The Barberini Palace

 I had not intended on visiting the Barberini. It was not even on my radar from my readings. As an admirer of Caravaggio it should have been but I was ignorant of its collection. I had an afternoon to kill … Continue reading

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Renaissance Sketches

In San Lorenzo I came across several Renaissance sketches for unfinished works. They provide a rare glimpse into the working habits of the master artists of the Renaissance.                      

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The Duomo

Our bed and breakfast was situated just off the square near the Duomo allowing us the opportunity to easily tour the church and its famous Baptistery. Unfortunately, we there during the off season and the museum that holds the original Gates … Continue reading

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The Uffizi and Academia

Alas! No pictures from the Uffizi since photography was forbidden. We almost gave up in despair when we noticed the lines to enter the gallery. Having just arrived we had not purchased our Firenze card, a fast pass for all … Continue reading

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An Italian Sojourn

Let me apologize for not posting sooner. I had every intention of posting while in Italy or just after returning, unfortunately, my busy schedule as a teacher/artist prevented this until now. During the week of Carnevale we traveled to Florence … Continue reading

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Howard Pyles Palette

Pull from James Gurney’s blog: http://www.gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2015/02/howard-pyles-palette.html Howard Pyle’s Palette Blog reader Walt Morton asks: “Did Howard Pyle teach or endorse a particular palette of colors? He was so methodical and analytical, I believe he had an ideal palette underlying his … Continue reading

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