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Tricase Porto, Puglia painted in pastels

Posted On: Saturday 26th January 2013
Summary: A plein air painting in pastels done late in the afternoon on the eastern tip of the "heel" of Italy. An interesting zig-zag composition.

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tricase italy pastels painting plein airBack to the sunny south of Italy. This is another pastel I didn't quite finish in the summer of 2012 when I painted it on location near Tricase Porto, Puglia, Italy. It was late afternoon and the scene was bathed in warm clear light.

I rather liked the zig-zag composition inherent in the scene, with the straight lines of shadows,harbour wall, coastline and horizon all leading towards the full-stop of the watchtower in the distance. Then, the eye follows the road on the left back to the foreground.

I simply adjusted some shadow hues that weren't very convincing (too warm) and spotted in some highlights here and there.


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