On a recent Painting Holiday to Italy we took our guests to Perugia, a large town in Umbria which has lots of narrow streets winding their way to the top. I noticed this particular street called Via dell'Orso which was mainly in shadow apart from a shaft of sunlight breaking out to catch different aspects of the architecture in the distance.
I quickly whipped out my sketchbook and did this small watercolour making sure that I captured not only the sunlight and shadows but also the figure to provide a sense of scale and interest.
This larger studio painting has been painted on beautiful handmade watercolour paper from Fabriano.
Watch a short video painting different aspects of this watercolour.