Naples in winter

After drooling over the exquisite golden cityscapes of Rome in the recent Oscar winner The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), I had a bit of a hankering to travel somewhere.  The best I could do, alas, was dig some Naples Yellow out of the back of my paint drawer. This is a colour I don’t use very often. It’s soooooo opaque but yet so thick and gorgeous to paint with. It’s pretty unfriendly as a mixer (imagine adding a big blog of gouache to your transparent colours) so I painted most of the blues first and then added the sky and the puddle reflection. That’s as close to Italy as I’ll get for a while.


22 Comments on “Naples in winter”

  1. Mary Sanchez says:



  2. said-simply says:

    Naples whenever sounds good to me!


  3. Dee says:

    Love this most of all


  4. Angie Macleod says:

    Great puddle, you got me thinking you were in Naples Florida, I would have invited you to lunch! 😎🌴


  5. Lynn says:

    You are clever – and made me laugh with delight !

    Don’t know if you’re familiar with Donna Zagotta’s work, she’s a fabulous colorist, but mixing white gouache with her watercolors is exactly how she does all her work I believe.


  6. Jane Hannah says:

    Your puddles are magnificent Shari -)))


  7. Those are the most wonderful liquid puddles!


  8. monbaum says:

    Mmmh this is pure pigment puddle pleasure and eye candy on my Sunday morning. Beautiful!


  9. kari says:

    So impressed with the puddles! I wish I were as adept at painting reflections.


  10. Connie says:

    LOVE this one! Colours and reflections are spectacular 🙂


  11. andre savard says:

    Wow !!!! what a beautifull refelection in the pudles, excellent work and I like the sky.


  12. Amazing reflections. So wet….


  13. Paula says:

    Wow! The reflections, the water!


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