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13th-Dec-2006 03:44 pm
Printperson divina
I went to Murano yesterday to visit the church of SS Maria e Donato. This beautiful church has a ship's keel ceiling and a fine 12c floor with knot pattern. I didn't get there until nearly 11 am. I spent perhaps too much time working out the floor pattern and unfortuately, the sacristan closed the church promptly at noon so I didn't have time to do the careful drawing in the nave that I hoped to accomplish. I have drawn here in past years, once on a very dark day, and remember when the floor was even more wavy than San Marco. But it was restored (in 1979, said the placque, though I thought much more recently). Yesterday the light was brilliant. 11 am on a winter day is the best time to draw in churches because the low angle of the sun is perfect for illuminating the space.

14th-Dec-2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
Love the floor, love the exterior drawing. What's up with the mouse?:)
14th-Dec-2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
One of our neighbors has a cat, Gilda. She frequently comes around, plays on the terrace, and even comes in the house. But she is incredibly shy and nervous, and she hasn't warmed up to me to let me pet her. A friend in the US with whom I was having lunch one day happened to have a freshly knitted catnip mouse in her purse - don't ask me why, because I have no idea. She gave it to me to offer to Gilda. The cat does sniff it but hasn't tried to steal it away. The mouse was on the window sill when I was photographing the notebook.
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