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Via Roma, Montone, Umbria

Montone is a beautiful medieval hilltop town in the region of Umbria, the green heart of Italy. We often take our guests there during our painting holidays in Italy as it has some wonderful street scenes to paint.

In May 2016 I did a tiny watercolour in my handmade sketchbook which became the inspiration for this larger study painted on deckled edged watercolour paper.

I've used a limited palette in keeping with my "en plein air" study to capture the strong sense of afternoon sunlight streaming down Via Roma. The long shadows and the couple strolling down the hill add movement to the scene.


View from San Gimignano, Early Evening

The medieval Tuscan town San Gimignano is famous for its towers which make for a very distinctive skyline. However looking from San Gimignano across the countryside into the early evening sunlight can be just as enchanting.

This simple composition is an exercise in ariel perspective, allowing the distant washes to create a sense of depth. The dark foreground allows the viewer to rest on the main area of interest, the picturesque buildings, some in shadow, some highlighted by the low evening light.