Naples in winterPosted: March 15, 2014
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.