I am planning a trip back this year and have been very excited about that and have even been revisiting some favorite places. Loving the grayed color of old Italy, something I noticed in China as well. As much as I love color and I do, I really love those wonderful grays, they just continue to fascinate me!
My kids always seem to ask me what my favorite color is and I always reply the same way, gray. There are so many variances within the grays.
Recently I spent a few days with a dear friend who happens to be an avid collector of Aldrich. George Ames Aldrich that is, an American painter from the late 1800s until about 1940. Did amazing things with water and its many reflections and translucency. It is always nice to be able to see the originals up close and observe how he actually did it. Spent about an hour with my nose on one that just amazes me to no end, a looser sketchier piece than his usual work but absolutely magical.
Here are a couple images below thanks to Janus Galleries in Madison WI.