this is what we came for kids


And by this I mean the service project! Today was are first full day of work, and there were some ups and downs. I started working on the sunset because no one else seem to be heading it, and I knew it was going to take the longest. I had the idea of doing a sunset back before we came because there is a unifying quality to every sunset. A colorful sunset expands over so many different people, and everyone enjoys the beauty of it. We wanted to bring that comforting and bright feeling into this room.

Ian jumped in and offered to help me sketch which was super helpful because there was no way I would be able to finish it alone. Also, having another person to bounce ideas off of makes a huge difference. We decided to sketch the Piazza Grande buildings at the base of the sunset because it is so central to the town, and by the time lunch rolled around we had sketched nearly all the buildings.

By suggestion of my brother, we went to a little bistro called Dietro, and let me tell you, this is my new favorite spot. We sat out on the patio and I could just tell right off the bat this place was made for me. I love any cafe with a good sandwich back home, but Dietro was a game changer. I can’t wait to go back.

When we came back to the project after lunch, I realized we should have painted the background color for each building before we sketch the detail of every window, so we basically had to paint over majority of our sketches. Then others started on the sunset part, but we didn’t really have a plan, so it wasn’t turning out quite right. Toward the end of the day I was kinda feeling defeated because most of what I worked on was painted over and there was no direction for the sunset. Sweet Dawson reminded me that we still had a whole day, and we all just needed to step back and figure out a plan.

So I’m ending this post with this good news.. Tomorrow is a new day!

Here’s tonights sunset as a reminder of that truth^^



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