After the Mews, one of my favourite discoveries in London: the Grand Royale Hotel, at Bayswater, near Hyde Park. I was there a few years back, and loved it! I did many paintings of this place, as every nook and cranny was delightful to me.
London is filled with magical places. One only needs to notice. As usual for me, the small things are the most interesting. This early morning scene brings me back there, enjoying a Caffe Latte and a croissant – I know, typical British fare, right?
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.
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.
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.
Friday night, Plateau Mont-Royal, Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem members praying in the Sanctuaire du Saint-Sacrement, a very beautiful and historically significant church built between 1890 and 1908.
I was walking by and noticed the church was open. They were celebrating Mass, and singing prayers. The sound was beautiful.
I walked up to where I could be close to the monks and nuns and tried to be as unobtrusive as possible while having a clear view of the assembled singers. So this is what I came up with.
Suzhou (pronounced Sujo) is known for its beautifully manicured classical gardens — nine of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two are considered China’s most famous: Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator’s Garden.
For more on this: http://www.traveltosuzhou.com/things-to-do/suzhou-china-gardens
Pudong District, as seen from the Bund, on the Western bank of the Huangpu River, Huangpu District, Shanghai. Took more than a week before I could get all the buildings in the clear. Low clouds and rain are common here and make these kinds of shots a tad hard to get. I was lucky.
For more details on this particular area, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bund
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, 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.
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.