I had heard great things about Lucca, a Tuscan fortress city surrounded by medieval walls near Pisa, Italy. The city was as charming as I was expecting to be, and had a great small town flavor.
One small detail I noticed right away were the windows. In Florence they are all rectangular for the most part. But here in Lucca, they were all rounded at the tops. I love Italian windows, almost always comprised of green shutters on yellow unwashed walls. (This one was no exception.)
This gorgeous pen and ink sketch is by Tyson Wintibaugh, sketcher extraordinaire.
Subject: The Duomo
City: Florence, Italy
Specs: Pen and Ink in Moleskine pocket sketchbook.
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
5 x 8 inches
This piece was painted on location in Varenna, Italy. My hotel room had a balcony that opened right onto Lake Como, with spectacular views over the water! This watercolor was inspired by the subtle ways the light danced across the water at sunset.