This is another of those pesky sketches. I started off painting this normally but as usual felt the urge to go all pointy and this is how it ended up. This was a photo we (that is S) took when we were in Portugal last summer.
Since starting the Sketchbook Project, I've discovered that whereas I used to think I loved to paint landscapes with just nature in them, in actual fact I am more drawn to man made structures. There is something about the lines and perspectives of steps and walls and alleyways going off into the distance that appeals to me. It is a bit of a challenge getting the perspective right and I possibly don't always succeed but usually that's when I will ask S to look at it with fresh ex-engineer eyes and he can immediately spot if the line of a wall is going in the wrong direction and put me back on the right path. This photo makes Tavira look like quite a new place but actually it is one of the most beautiful quaint and old-fashioned little towns we came across on the Algarve. Sigh, someday we will retire to a villa by the sea there (if we can choose the correct six numbers!)