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Taking A Break On An Italian Ridge

Doesn’t a February break in the towns of the Cinque Terre, Italy sound good?

Last February, I held my break in Riomaggiore. This February, I selected Corniglia as my town of choice.

Okay, I didn’t actually GO to the Cinque Terre in those Februarys, but instead I took a break from painting miniatures and painted larger pieces.  I’m still inspired by my travel photos for these pieces, but I’m changing up the shape – this one is 5″ x 12″.  After going through my photo files, I chose this view of Corniglia, nestled among lush hills and terraces, and perfect for this long narrow shape.

In this view, Corniglia reminded me of a colourful ribbon, weaving through all the greenery. I kept this concept of the ribbon, and painted a waving ribbon of the drawing, leaving most of the greenery unpainted. Something new for me! What do you think?

Here’s a progress video of the piece:


Maybe next February, I can take my painting break in the actual place!

“Corniglia on the Ridge”; ink and watercolour, 5″ x 12″


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