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"Portofino Harbor"

Portofino is a fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline.

Pastel-colored houses overlook the harbor, which can be filled with boats and yachts.

The viewpoint for this setting was from the castle (Castello Brown) on a hill above the harbor.

This painting is a compilation of photos and sketches from various trips to Portofino.

The harbor is normally quite calm, but I've chosen to have it appear 'choppy'

to match the rest of the painting's look and feel.

Underneath this final painting are numerous sketches and color attempts.

With a setting of blue sky, green forest, and aquamarine water, it took many

sketches and color changes to work in complementary oranges and reds.

Porto                          

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Above - This close-up shows some of the dozens of layers of color.

Closer objects contain more yellow, while background objects have more violet.

                         

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Above - A lot of manipulation was necessary to balance the complementary colors.

The foreground colors above are much more intense than the background colors below.

                         

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Above - As with the foreground colors, the background colors are also comprised of

hundreds of hues and shades, as well as dozens and dozens of layers.

                          

Above - In this close-up you can see the contrast of the intense foreground

colors against the muted background hues and shades.

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Above - In my studio, working on the final color strokes.

Below - The final painting

                           

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