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Portofino, Italy, is known as the resort of the rich and famous, but there is much more to see here than just people. Portofino is a picturesque, half-moon shaped seaside village with pastel houses lining the shore of the harbor. Portofino has shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels. Portofino's crystalline green waters reveal a myriad display of aquatic life.
Almost every artist, of the hundreds of artists that have rendered thousands of paintings of Portofino, has emphasized the pastel colors of the buildings in bright sunlight. I wanted to do that in addition to remembering the dense forest and buildings in the hills behind where we hiked for days.
And no painting of Portofino is complete without at least a suggestion of the harbor and its reflections. Originally, I had sketched numerous boats in the harbor, but the painting would then have looked like every other painting and photo of Portofino. I wanted a picture of the buildings and hills behind, so I just hinted at the turquoise water.
Below, close-up of the buildings
Below, Portofino, the final painting