2nd postingPosted: 07/25/2012
I am sure it would be smart to look back to see where I left off last time, but I think I will be fine. So in Rome I had to find the bus station….piece of cake. Now figuring out how to get a ticket, thats a different story. I stood in line for 30 minutes and asked “Senise”…i totally pronounced it wrong by the way, but he pointed me in the right direction. Two booths later I had a ticket to Senise. The bus ride was over 5 hours long, but it went by quickly. They don’t exactly announce where the bus is stopping so I thought I was missing my town over and over again. I was the only one who spoke english on the bus, so that didn’t help too much. Some how I managed and was picked up by Susanna. She is an artist who is originally from the area, but lives and works in Dublin.
It was such a warm welcome into the residency. The Bruichetta (sp?) I really can’t think of what its called. The toast with olive oil and tomatoes was sooo good. I basically went to sleep or at least did my best at trying. The next day I got a tour of the place. It was raining so it was a perfect excuse to try to catch up on sleep.
Dinner was in town this time. The other two residents here are both professors in English and Journalism at Columbia University in New York. They are both working on their new books. Talk about being in the presence of real academics. We had a nice walk down and then back up to the top of the hill before I came down to the studio I am writing from right now and started a watercolor.
This morning a new arrival to the residency. She is a professor at a school in Alabama. She is a printmaker too so that will be fun to bounce ideas off each other. If I play my cards right I might squeeze a thesis idea out while I am here. Today I explored some around the town and painted out in one of the squares. I will post some pictures of the town and some of Rome