Monday, April 30, 2012

Ruins of Pompeii

Road to Vesuvius 16x20 pastel, copyright 2012

It's been awhile since I've taken the time to combine my two favorite things - art and archaeology - but thanks to the Cincinnati Museum Center's A Day in Pompeii exhibit, I've done just that.  As part of the promotion for the exhibit, the Museum Center is also having an art show and silent auction of 25 pieces inspired by the exhibit.  How could I resist that?  The chosen pieces will be announced in early June, I'll let you know if I was accepted.

It's been more than 20 years since I've been to Pompeii, so I pulled out my photos and strolled through the excavations via Google StreetView, which made wish I had spent more time there.  There was no on-site museum at Pompeii when I was there, so I never got the opportunity to see the many artifacts that are on display at the current exhibit.  I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but I am looking forward to it this summer.

On a side note, I took a series of photographs of painting as I worked, I'm going to see if I can put them together as a short video and post it on here, along with a few notes about my thought process.  This assumes, of course that I am actually able to create the video - we'll see how that goes.  Also, special thanks to Tracey, Nicole and Jennie for the very helpful critiques!


  1. Ah YES!! You found the perfect tweeks! It's beautiful and I don't really see how they cannot choose it. I love the way the mountain is sitting in the background of the ghost town. You capture the mood perfectly.

  2. Thanks Tracey! We'll see if they chose it, but even if they don't it's okay, I'm really pleased with it. Can you smell the volcanic dust? And the anchovy paste? LOL