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  • The afternoon was a nice and relaxing evening filled with a simple derive. Charley and I headed to a spot that he had previously painted, excited to return for another motif of the perfectly lit church at sundown.

    As we reached the area where Charley had lived while he studied abroad, near the painting spot, I headed off to take pictures of this area of the city which I had not become familiar with. I had nothing to do, which was great. It was a chance to detach from everything except the now, and I took the opportunity to get to know the streets, and the houses, focusing on the details of the physical city. It was wonderful.

    I took pictures of the street signs and the little address markers that tie the entire city together. I saw the incredible workmanship of even the most plain of dwellings and saw the wear and tear of buildings, the materials faded through time, all remarkably portraying what John Ruskin described in his Stones of Venice.

    The textures and patterns, the detail and ornament that make Europe romantic, unique, it's own. It's amazing, and something that I feel is so important in the study and practice of architecture. I believe that this is a fundamental part of a profession that most architects don't know, or barely practice, and it's sad.

    Charley finished his painting, and it became obvious that his earlier version was painted in the morning, evident through the light on the buildings, and the choice of warmer colors in the new motif.

    It was a good time and very exciting to see. Truly a relaxing time.
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