Amalfi Coast Italy – Mediterranean Seascape

Amalfi Coast, Anacapri, Capri, Costiana Amalfiana, Italy, Positano, realism in watercolor, sketches, sketches of Italy, Sorrento, watercolor paintings of Italy
realism in watercolor

Remembering one great trip to Italy a few years ago, I painted this summer seascape; and, I felt as if I returned to visit Sorrento and Amalfi Coast all over again.

The beauty of the coast is undesirable. What strikes me there it’s the diversity of that 50-kilometers (almost 30 miles) of Amalfi coastline. The natural beauty of cliffs and grottoes compete with the beauty of man-made kind: gorgeous churches, rustic towns, lemon orchards. No wonder it is the point of destination for so many tourists. When we drove the coastal road, we had chance to visit Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. 

In my art collection (e.g. Italy Gallery)  I have a few sketches of Amalfi Coast and its surroundings.

A view of volcano Vesuvius from Sorrento shore:

watercolor sketches of Italy
A little pass from the hotel to a rocky beach:

Watercolor sketches of Italy
A lovely cafe on the top of the cliff:

watercolor sketches of Italy
Impressionistic sunset above the Mediterranean Sea:

watercolor sketch of Italy
Rocky road alone the shore in the evening:

watercolor sketch of Italy
And, Streets Of Sorrento:

Italy

I yet had chance to paint Ravello or Amalfi towns, but there is Positano famous town here in my Italian collection of watercolors:

realism in watercolor

I love how the buildings are melting together with the mountains and flowers here.

Amalfi coast is beautiful. The Nature melts with man-made beauty so well. Though, I definitely loved Italian cities such Pisa, Rome, Venice, and Sienna for its monumental beauty:

realism in watercolor
realism in watercolor


My trip to Italy continues now on paper, and my vehicle in this case is painting tubes and brushes 🙂 


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Sketching Italy – Part III

Amalfi, coast, Colosseum, Forum, Irina, Italia, Italy, paintings, Positano, Ravello, Rome, ruins, sketches, sketching, Sorrento, Sztukowski, Vatican, Vesuvius, Watercolor
Part I is HERE
Part II is HERE
Although Rome looked so much as Saint Petersburg (Russia) to me as there are so many buildings in Saint Petersburg that were built by Italian architects back in 18th century; Rome, has its own, one of a kind, feeling when you come face-to-face to the older than old ruins

First thing in Rome, we’ve visited Colosseum:
ancient building

and next, the Forum ruins next to Colosseum. They surely remind people about thousand-years history and once powerful empire:
Roman old
Being in Rome only for two days was pretty intense as we had big plans. One of the days was devoted to a holy place, a country in the country, the incredible Vatican

As you see, no time to paint at all, but I painted Vatican‘s St. Peter’s Basilica a few years ago, and now it comes handy: 
Holy City
Most impressive for me in Vatican was the Papal residence, with paintings (fresco) from floor to ceiling, gorgeous statues, and mosaic floors. Sistine Chapel was impressive, but tourists there are not allowed to talk or take photos.. you can only breath in.. 

Leaving Rome after two busy days was like escaping ancient civilization, when we started heading South. Our point of view shifted to the one of the popular leisure places, Amalfi Coast… 

Passing Naples and Pompeii, we landed in a beautiful town Sorrento, with its view on volcano Vesuvius:

Naples view

cafe
Three Story high cliffs with the hotels on a top and a private rocky beach below: 
umbrellas
It was so relaxing that we had time to just rest and watch beautiful sunsets and the boats parked at the shore:
Mediterranean sea

italian landscape
After traveling along the coast and visiting very beautiful towns Ravello, Positano, and Amalfi (I can’t wait to work on my photos and start painting them in my studio); it was nice to relax the last 24 hours in downtown Sorrento with its lovely narrow streets full of souvenir shops, restaurants, and flowers everywhere: 

building flowers
Italy trip was fantastic! Unforgettable and inspiring for a lot future painting to be created…


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