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.
I was very lucky to visit Bruges on a clear, mostly sunny day. Its canals make for spectacular views. A friend, Jon, made me notice: Bruges, in my eyes, is blue! As Stockholm is orange, now that I figured Bruges out ;o)
Cyclist in Bruges is one I made with a person. I don’t include many people in my paintings, because I don’t want to invade their privacy, even if the painted faces look nothing like the original wearers.