I used to imagine that Darkover, at least the habitable parts, was like Italy, with its rugged hills and ancient stone castles and villages, but under the ruddy glow of the Darkovan red sun. I spent three of my younger years in Italy and have never forgotten it. I have not been back there for more than 30 years, and I'm not sure how I could get back there given my finances. I know what I'd do if I were there though, I'd spend my waking hours dining and drawing, under the real yellow Earthly sun.
This piece is called "Rampart Village of Darkover" and it's in mixed media on brown paper, 7" x 10", done in the fall of 1996. I have almost finished digitizing and recording my Darkover color pictures. There are more than a hundred of them, and fortunately you've only seen the better ones.