I really enjoy trying Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout challenges. Bill chooses a city or country of the world where there is Google Street View available. Any artists who want to participate choose their subject or view to draw or paint using Google Street View and then submit to Bill following his guidelines. He posts everyone's submissions on his blog and on Facebook.
The location for February 2013 was Valparaiso, Chile. Wow, what a fun place to look around online. Valparaiso is very hilly with some nice views of the harbor. Lots of interesting homes on steep streets and in little canyons. One thing that stood out to me, as well as some other artists, were the utility poles there. They were very eye catching since they seemed stuffed with wires coming and going in all directions. Lots of loops of wires hanging off, looking like a nightmare to figure out.
As I like to do I tried gouache for one piece and transparent watercolor for the other, both are small, 5x7". Always a fun project.