Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This gentleman, a native of the town of San Gimigniano in Tuscany, Italy, very obligingly sat and let me draw him, so I got a fairly detailed drawing in about 10 minutes or so. Then he helped me spell 'San Gimignanese'. I painted it much later.
It's a very touristy town, and in Italian touristy towns, anyone who runs an eaterie of any kind does not allow people to wander in and use the toilet - they insist that you buy something. We were aware of this, and went to a particular place that was run by what we in Ireland would refer to as two 'man oul wans' - older ladies who were rather ferocious in their insistence that customers only could avail of the facilities. I ordered two coffees and two pieces of the local delicacy 'panforte', a very heavy fruit and nut cake that is practically a food group all on its own, then sat down to watch big strong tourists being worked on by those two canny battleaxes. "If you want to use the toilet, you have to buy a tea or a coffee or something" was their cry. However, the floor show was free!