Category Archives: Street view illustrations

Impressionistic renderings of streets, street corners, crossroads, etc.

Montepulciano – The Little Red Car

Montepulciano - Little Red Car
Little red car in a slanted alley in Montepulciano, Italy, 2017

I always explore off the beaten path when I am in an unknown place. Montepulciano is a very beautiful city but to me, the visual gems are hidden in nooks and crannies, up – or down – hills, in cul-de-sacs, or behind buildings. This red Fiat was parked behind a building up a steep slope from a more commercial and busy shopping street.

This was late afternoon, with the sun still heavily splashing the rooftops, but only partially getting to street level. The lighting was perfect. It added mood and even highlighted the appropriate areas. I couldn’t have wished for a nicer setting.

It was very quiet. No one around. Just me and my camera. I framed my shot and took the photograph. I knew I’d be working on this one.

Small Athens Courtyard

Small Athens Courtyard
Small courtyard in Athens

I was in Greece for a short stay, and only had the chance to see Athens and Nafplio. I did not have a whole lot of time for walkabouts, so I did the best I could in picking some interesting spots for digital painting.

This was taken through a grid, as the place is private. I love the way the owner(s) used potted plants to enliven an otherwise feature-poor entryway.

Montepulciano Pottery

Montepulciano Pottery
Montepulciano Pottery

Italy is full of visual gems. Case in point, during a Montepulciano walkabout, this pottery set painted with a Tuscany theme in a window display caught my eye.

I’m sure they probably offered delivery to whatever country you live in, but I find that a digital painting takes less space in my NAS than the set would have required in my kitchen. Of course, I do not have the pleasure of serving olive oil, or fresh water from these beauties.

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 2

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Madrid, Take 2
Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Madrid, Take 2

The Latina Barrio is a very busy and lively sector of Madrid. It starts breathing at dusk, as the day’s light fades away. It is full of restaurants and people start occupying the place as the night moves in. Just lovely.

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 1

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 1, Madrid
Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 1, Madrid

Cava Baja, at dusk, as the life starts to pick up. Restaurants don’t open much before 7 PM, or 19 h, and life won’t be buzzing until much later. Spaniards are not early revelers, so tourists can fill the available seats earlier in the trendy places.

Puerta del Sol, Early Morning

 

Puerta del Sol, Early Morning, in Madrid
Puerta del Sol, Early Morning, in Madrid

The sun had barely started its day, which is the only time you can see the Puerta del Sol plaza empty. On our way to nice churros at the San Gines Chocolateria, fine fare for an early morning walkabout.

Plaza Mayor Archway, Madrid

Plaza Mayor Archway
One of the many archways through Plaza Mayor

A tad on the fauve side, and I did get carried away with the stonework. I love doors and entrances, those in-between membranes separating two spaces.

Meson, Cava San Miguel, Madrid, Spain 2016

Meson, Cava San Miguel, Madrid, Spain 2016
One of the many Inns in Cava San Miguel

Cava San Miguel is a wonderful area just off the Plaza Mayor, in Madrid. Mesons are like Hobbit Inns, but for the square door. Very homey, very good food generally, but this can be said of a lot of places around Plaza Mayor. It was closed at this early hour, which was fine by me, as I loved the red door in the wall. Spaniards will use any excuse to add a dash of nature to their environment. Medieval fortifications are no match for Spanish vines artfully put there by a Meson’s owner.

Cava de San Miguel Street, off Plaza Mayor, Madrid

 

Cava de San Miguel Street
Cava de San Miguel Street

A second installment from my September 2016 walkabout in the wonderful city of Madrid. La calle Cava de San Miguel is just off the Plaza Mayor, in the centre of the city, within some remains of what is known as the Christian Walls that were built in Medieval times.

The Tree in the Courtyard – Le Marais – Paris

The Tree in the Courtyard

An inner courtyard in Le Marais, Paris, on a Walkabout in August 2016.

Like a lot of European cities, Paris is full of small jewels for the eye. All the observer has to do is be alert. This was on a walkabout in Le Marais. I just couldn’t ignore the setting. There were shops on the ground level – quiet, as it had been raining, which explains my unobstructed view. This courtyard was part of a network and you could move from one small “place” to another before getting back to the main streets all around.