Pastel Painting: Exploring Ravello


After climbing over 600 steps from Amalfi to Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, my family entourage and I finally arrived at the quaint medieval town towering over the Mediterranean.

The main square in Ravello, which houses the cathedral built in 1086, includes a park-like setting overlooking this scene down below. I captured a tourist toying with his camera as he journeyed along the stone pathway.


The ceramics shops in Ravello are a "must see." We visited Ceramiche D'arte Carmela on via de Rufolo and purchased a wonderful ceramic serving dish and wine stoppers. We look forward to returning some day.

I had started this painting as a demo in my Landscape in Pastel class at the Michigan Art Center. I recommend to my students to let your painting "hang around" for further modifications (unless it's already framed). A few changes to this one (including adding the tourist) and now onto the next painting!

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