Sketches of Shqipëria

This is a somewhat embarrassing post, after the buildup about my trip to Albania. The truth is I was exhausted after all the painting I’ve done so far this year and when I got there I just slept on the beach for a week. I did manage to rouse myself on a couple occasions to paint some beach scenes.

beachstore Sketches of Shqipëria

Beach Cart at Durazzo. Oil on board, 20 x 25 cm.

durazzo Sketches of Shqipëria

Umbrellas at Durazzo. Oil on panel, 20 x 30 cm.

manandthesea Sketches of Shqipëria

Durazzo. Oil on panel, 20 x 30 cm.

sanpietro Sketches of Shqipëria

San Pietro. Oil on panel, 20 x 30 cm.

This was my fourth trip to Albania, but the last three times I’ve traveled exclusively in the south. This trip I did manage to make it up north into the mountains for a scout and painted a couple of sketches.

boga Sketches of Shqipëria

Guesthouse at Boga. Oil on panel, 25 x 20 cm.

utz Sketches of Shqipëria

The Old Farmhouse, Boga. Oil on panel, 25 x 35 cm.

The mountains above Scutari (Shkodër) are very unspoiled, with picturesque little villages and very friendly people. The roads get really bad after a while (and the electricity ends) so we couldn’t make it very far with the small 2-wheeled car we had. This September I’ll go back for a longer trip with my Land Rover.

Here is a short video I took from the car while scouting around the north. So much of landscape painting is driving or walking looking for views…

Scouting in Albania from Marc Dalessio on Vimeo.