Outside the Basilica of St. Babila there is a man with deep brown eyes, an empty cup and less than ten toes. He smiled at the sketch of San Babila for a while after I walked away, and then quietly slipped it into his pocket.
By: Sarah Rose De Villiers
Some people leave ribbons of footprints, clouds of floating notes or paths of broken hearts. I prefer to leave a trail of scribbled art.
I’m a Rhodes University student and I’m living in Milan for three months as an English tutor to an Italian family.
So while I’m here, I’m spending my spare time exploring the city. I’m sketching the stories, scenes and souls that I see and then giving the artworks away. This is how I’ve learned to draw and it’s how I like to live.
A magnificent statue stands in the entrance of Brera Academy, so I sketched the fairy-holding figure and turned the page into a paper plane. Before I could decide what to do with it, it blew off the balcony and landed on top of a pillar.
Although I can’t speak any Italian, I’m experiencing the city in the language of images, art and adventure. I’m documenting part of the journey by telling the story of the sketches I give away on my Facebook page.
Maybe it’s absurd, but I’ve found that dark marks on an empty page can inspire smiles, conversations and a language beyond words. While the sketches that express my appreciation are scruffy and free, they draw interesting people to me.
More than that, these traces of art seem to draw something out of people – glistening eyes, sincere smiles and a quick glimpse of their heart. So I keep sketching and sharing these little bits of art in the hope that I can leave a trail of love while I explore this part of Italy and travel through my life.
by Sarah Rose De Villiers. Follow her art on the ARTicles by Sarah Rose de Villiers Facebook page.
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