Monday, 28 February 2011

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Daily Portrait Sketches of the week

 Here are the Daily Portrait Sketches I posted last week on my Flickr page where you can find the          whole series too!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Saturday's Receipe - Cordon Bleu

Ingredients:  Chicken breast fillets, slices ham, slices of cheese (such as Swiss), 1 egg beaten, 1 cup bred crumbs, butter.

1 - Take the chicken breast fillet and if too thick pound it to about 6 mm (1/4 inch) with the appropriate tool

2 - Sprinkle lightly with salt (and pepper if you like it) to both sides

3 - Top the chicken breast fillet with a slice of ham and a slice of cheese

4 - Roll the chicken up tightly. Use toothpicks to hold them together

5 - Dredge the roll with the egg...

6 - ...and then with the bread crumbs coating it well.

7 - Place the roll in an aluminium  backing pan, seam side down and place 1 tablespoon of butter on top of it

8 - Bake at 180°C (350°F) for 30 to 35 minutes.

9 - Done!

Friday, 25 February 2011

A beautiful Primary School in Bologna.

That day I was waiting  for the end of the school assembly. It was great to sketch outside in that warm and pleasant day of September.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Bologna - Gymnasium 2

Relax after the rock climbing training. Or maybe before?!

Derwent Onyx Dark pencil and Dervent Artists on Moleskine Sketchbook

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Pienza, Tuscany, is a truly beautiful small town. Wonderful atmosphere, good food and wine, excellent 'Pecorino' cheese, and enchanting main door to sketch!

Derwent Onyx Dark pencil on Moleskine Sketchbook

Monday, 21 February 2011

While waiting for...

Some time ago I went to Rimini by car for a sketching day. After the first stop I found car battery had gone flat!  This was sketched while I was waiting for the mechanic rescue!!

-Sailor fountain pen on Daler Rowney sketchbook-

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Daily Portrait Sketches

These are the Daily Portrait Sketches I made  last week!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Saturday's Receipe - Bigoli in Salsa

Bigoli in salsa is a Veneto traditional pasta I cooked last December 31st dinner. It is very good and simple to make. Here is the receipe:

Ingredients:  4 tablespoons olive oil, a 200 gr. onion, parsley, 70/100 gr. salted anchovies.


1 - Chop onion finely
2 - Heat olive oil and finely chopped onion in a pan over a medium heat until onion is softened.
3 - Add hot water. (Not too much)
4 - Cover the pan; reduce heat to minimum and let the onion cook until it is quite transparent(20 to 30 minutes)
5 - Bone, wash and chop the anchovies coarse
6 - Chop parsley finely
7 - Add anchovies and parsley to cooked onion and mash over a medium heat for 2 minutes. 
8 - Sauce is ready.

9 - In the meantime make bigoli boil(you can use wheat flour spaghetti as well). When boiled and drained, heat and stir them in the pan with ready sauce for a couple of minutes. Done!

Friday, 18 February 2011


At 8.00 a.m. the School bus had just left so I had some time to sketch a not yet jammed ring road.

Thursday, 17 February 2011


Just a fast sketch early in the morning.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Daily Portrait Sketch

                       Here are today's sketches!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Bologna - Gymnasium 1

Fencing training for teen agers and kids while I was waiting for the end of it.

Daily Portrait Sketches

Today's Daily Portrait Sketches. These are number 202 and 203. The whole series is on my Flickr page!

Monday, 14 February 2011

New week new Daily Portrait Sketches

Four Daily Portrait Sketches for this beginning of the week.
I made them using Prismacolor Ebony 14420
pencil on Canson XL Sketch Pad.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Friday, 11 February 2011

Bologna - Waiting for the ophthalmologist visit 2

Nobody was in the waiting room so the view out of the window was definitely more interesting.

Daily Portrait Sketches

Here are the daily sketches from the series you can see from the first issue on my Flickr page

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Bologna - Waiting for the ophthalmologist visit 1

We were waiting for ophthalmologist visit. He was pretty nervous. I sketched him.

Daily Portrait Sketches

My last post was several days ago and I am getting terribly behind with my Daily Portrait Sketches!

Anyway here they are again! You can see the whole series on my Flickr page.