Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
Cortona, Italy. September 17, 2013. Cloudy or sunny, Cortona was beautiful. Perched atop a mountain, it has 360 degree vistas. Of them all, this is my favorite. From Garibaldi Square looking south, Cortona has a birds eye view of a patchwork valley filled with vineyards, collections of tile roofs, Cypress trees, and red earth. Enclosed by mountains, it is a long boulevard ending in Castiglione del Lago. The tree sentinel in this photo is one of the things I like most about it. There is a human quality about it—some day I will paint it. For now, it is a beautiful reminder of many hours sitting and painting surrounded by the Tuscan countryside.