As you may know from my last portfolio post I recently decided to branch out from painting where I currently live (Granada) and where I used to live (Lyme Regis) and paint all kinds of places, some of which I’ve visited, some of which I haven’t. This poses a slight problem as I usually work from my own photos and I find it much easier to paint somewhere I know well because I really have a feel for the place. However, I felt I needed a challenge so I went for it! Last week I shared this painting of Montmartre and the Sacre Couer, Paris, with you. This week we’re whizzing over to the charming and extremely colourful town of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre.
This is an original painting (watercolour and ink on paper) of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy. I dream of visiting this part of Italy. It just looks so amazing – sea, sun and colourful houses! Not to mention delicious Italian food. What more could you want in life? I had been itching to paint somewhere bright and colourful and I knew I wanted to do some colour blocking and use ink to fill in the details so I took to google to find the perfect shot to inspire me. After a lot of searching I found it on Kevin and Amanda’s post back from 2012 where they document their visit to these beautiful Italian towns. Once I found the photo I was searching for I set to work sketching out the composition in pencil. When that was done I painted in the watercolours and finally added the details in black ink.