This is a sketch of a really sweet looking hotel we saw while visiting Lake Garda in Italy last summer. It was a beautiful clear day and the harsh light on the building caught my eye. I am trying to focus on values and edges at the moment and sketching seems like the best way to cover some ground.
Lake Garda is a very nice place to visit. It is the largest lake in Italy and is located about half-way between Venice and Milan. According to Wikipedia, glaciers formed the surrounding alpine region at the end of the last ice age. The scenery is breathtaking with huge mountains and cliffs directly adjacent to the enormous lake lined with abundant Italian architecture. Being easily accessible from the north via the Brenner pass, the lake is a major tourist destination, including a number of exclusive hotels and resorts along its shore. For the James Bond buffs out there, the chase scene at the beginning of Quantum of Solace was filmed there. They accidently crashed an Aston Martin into the lake during the filming of the movie.
There is a nifty castle in Sirmione that resides on a connected land mass that is essentially surrounded by the lake. You can easily walk there from local parking and visit the upscale shops and take a tour of the castle. Lake Garda seemed very ritzy. Note the half-million dollar drop-top Rolls in the lower right of the photo below.