Have just returned from a trip to Italy where I spent an amazing week in Umbria, with a quick trip over the border to Tuscany too. We stayed in the beautiful Villa Bastiola in the mountains with stunning views. I didn't get much chance to sketch but did get plenty of reference and inspiration.

I did sit down at a bar table in La Bucaccia in Cortona, Tuscany one afternoon and dabbled at a sketch of the architecture that overlooks the square. Was out of my comfort zone here with bunches of people watching me work over my shoulder, but this is something I want to get over, so plan to do more of this sort of thing. I did take some watercolours with me too but didn't use them. Instead, I plan to finish these off back in the studio.

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