Recently took some time to scan in a few small (postcard size) watercolor sketches from my last visit to Italy. I love how looking at these again brings back the memories of sights and scents of a place and time so far away.
The Mugello is the NE corner region of Tuscany, much less traveled than the typical tourist Tuscan rut. A largely wooded area of rolling hills sprinkled with small industry and agriculture in the valleys.
On the other hand Ospedaletti is a small town along the Riviera dei Fiori, quite near the confines with France. A stony beach that makes pleasing clacking sounds when small waves lap at the shore. The coastal train route has been rerouted in this area, allowing the old railway bed to be converted to a wonderful, low key promenade for walkers and bikes. Greenhouses still climb the steep hills behind the town, though the floral industry has long ago yielded to lower cost areas in Israel and elsewhere farther east. Real estate office windows advertise in both Italian and Russian languages, which tells you something.
As much as I’ve been enjoying the digital painting possibilities on my iPad Pro, there is nothing like the effects and accidents that happen with watercolor paint, a brush, and some good paper!