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Roma, Italia XLI

 

I am honored that Cindy Salaski, the founder of artmatch4U and a very versatile artist herself, has chosen my work to be featured on her comprehensive art website this month.  As October Artist of the Month, I have three of my paintings published.  Thank you, Cindy - it was such a pleasure working with you for this feature article.

 

 

Roma, Italia XLI

 

Media: Original watercolor on paper

Image Size: 55 x 74 cm

Frame/Mat: No

Purchase: Sold

 

 

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Roma, Italia XXXIX, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXXIX

 

At the base of the Spanish Steps, shadows of palm trees in the square grew longer and longer as the sun set.  They crawled up on brightly-colored walls of the surrounding buildings like they wanted to reach the sky but soon they were absorbed into the warmth of orange walls.

The square, Piazza di Spagna, was full of people and there were also several horses waiting for riders in their carriages.  When Charles Dickens came here in 1845, he described the crowded square as a meeting place "for artists' models, who would dress in colourful traditional costumes, hoping to catch the attention of a wealthy artist."  Is this still true?  I don't know.  Maybe I didn't notice because I am not certainly a wealthy artist.


"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress."

- Charles Dickens, Victorian-era English novelist, wrote Pictures from Italy based on his trip in the mid 1800s.


Roma, Italia XXXIX

 

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
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Roma, Italia XXXVIII, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXXVIII

 

When visiting a new place, isn't it human nature to want to see as many famous sights and landmarks as possible?  Even if you tell yourself that you will return someday, you tend to think this is the only chance you get to do them all.  This may be especially true when visiting historic and culturally significant cities such as Rome.

Sometimes I am like that, but sometimes I do the complete opposite and just wander around with no concrete plans.  In fact I enjoy this way a lot more than the other as I often come upon a banal yet visually interesting street scene or a hidden alley where there's no tourists but only local people.

Streets in this painting, and others like "Roma Italia X" and "Roma Italia XXXVI", may never get mentioned in a travel guidebook but to me they are precious memories.


Roma, Italia XXXVIII

A larger image of this painting is available on request.
Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
Mat/Frame: No
Purchase: Sold

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Roma, Italia XXXVII, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXXVII

 

I love painting outdoor markets (click here to see some of my market paintings).  They are lively, inviting and fun.  There are lots of different colors, shapes, smells and tastes that are so tempting to try, or at least try to interpret, in a painting.

But what I like most about markets is people who gather there.  Each interaction between vendors, shoppers, neighbors, friends, or even strangers is just like a vignette from a movie, and that is intriguing to watch or participate in.  That is also what attracts me to depict in my market paintings - something that almost never happens in a superstore with self checkouts.

The market in this painting is held in Campo de' Fiori, in Rome, Italy.

 

 


Roma, Italia XXXVII

 

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 inches (29 x 21 cm)
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Roma, Italia XXXVI, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Roma, Italia XXXVI

 

 

Not being formally trained in art and not being afraid of creative experimentation are like two sides of the coin.  I don't mean it in any offensive way, however, because anybody who creates art embraces the freedom to experiment regardless of their background.

But for those (including myself) who didn't go to art schools to learn what they teach, ignorance may be bliss in order to gain experience by trying new things without worrying about do's and dont's (or grades?).  Of course, without proper guidance, that could easily mean lots of bad paintings and a sense of failure but there's always much to gain if we're willing to learn from experiments.

When I begin a new painting, I have an image, or a certain mood in my mind that I will want to have achieved when I finish.  So with that in mind, I attack a piece of paper.  I must admit I'm not good at making plans and sticking to them but would rather go with the flow, and the same goes for my paintings.



After putting in simple drawing, I still don't have definite plans on how to go about painting to the finish.  But whatever inspiration I had at the outset, I let it loose and see what it wants me to do.  This is what this painting looked like after the initial stage.  At this stage, I usually get a feeling whether it's going to work or not.  However, from my limited experience, I know that it can be deceiving.  So even if the feeling is negative, I push on to complete it and am sometimes pleasantly surprised to see the result.


Roma, Italia XXXVI


Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 inches (29 x 21 cm)
Mat/Frame: No
Purchase: Sold

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Roma, Italia XXXV, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXXV

 

A few minute's walk from Piazza Navona, there's a square called Campo de' Fiori (field of flowers), known for a lively outdoor market of, not just flowers but also fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, etc.  I was not really hungry but I couldn't resist picking up a couple of juicy peaches that looked so good.  After washing them, I sat by a fountain and sank my teeth into one of them.

The square was mildly crowded then but I heard that it's usually packed with the young crowd every night.  Peaceful as it may appear, Campo de' Fiori was a rough neighborhood during the Renaissance period and the time before that.  Giordano Bruno, an Italian philosopher and a Dominican friar, was executed right here in 1600 for endorsing Copernicus' heliocentric theory.  Today his statue stands in the middle of the square.

"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority.  Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people." - Giordano Bruno


Roma, Italia XXXV

A larger image of this painting is available on request.
Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
Mat/Frame: No
Purchase: Sold

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Roma, Italia XXXIV, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXXIV

 

I am revisiting the same subject (the Spanish Steps) for today's painting.  This from the base at the Piazza di Spagna is most likely one of the best-known views of Rome.  A long stairway leading up to a beautiful church with twin bell towers; really warm colors of the buildings on both sides, and lots and lots of people. 

 

However, to admire this lively view is one thing, to paint it is quite another, especially in a format that I use for my daily painting.  There's just too much information there to put in a small painting! 

 

So, as a way to deal with this potential headache, I tried not to see this famous scene as the one widely known to us but instead focused on highlighted areas and the outline of the buildings as a whole.  The end result is a painting with large shapes and colorful dots.


Roma, Italia XXXIV

 

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
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Bridges over the Tiber, Rome, Italy


Roma, Italia XXXII (sold)

 

It is interesting to see on a map how Rome is divided into two sections by the River Tiber.  Compared to the bigger east side with all the famous monuments, the west side may be less well-known but has a distinctively unique character.

When I'm in Rome, I like walking through back alleys to come to the riverbanks of the Tiber.  In Roma, Italia XXXII is one of the bridges near the Castel Sant'Angelo, and Roma, Italia XXXIII shows a view from it.

Watching the river run and taking in the surrounding scenery from this bridge,  I think of ancient times... Is it really true Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome, were thrown into this river before they were saved by a she-wolf who raised these infants?... In a city like Rome, a bridge is not just to get us to the other side of a river; it seems to take us all the way back to the past in history.


Roma, Italia XXXIII


Roma, Italia XXXII & XXXIII

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
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Roma, Italia XXXI, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXXI

 

Out of many squares in Rome, who wouldn't love the Piazza della Rotonda?  Some might ask, "where is that?" because the name of the square may not be as popular as the image of it.  But "rotonda" meaning a round building in Italian, it's easy to think of one, a famous one, that fits the description - the Pantheon.

Always crowded and lively, this square is so well-known that, if you can't remember the name, you can simply say to your friend, "let's meet up in the square of the Pantheon."

 

 

 

  This is how I started this painting.



Roma, Italia XXXI

 

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
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Roma, Italia XXX, Italian Landscape Painting

Roma, Italia XXX

 

 

The original Piazza del Popolo (the People's Square) was completely redesigned and remodeled by architect Giuseppe Valadier in the early 19th century, and today it boasts a huge, beautiful and very popular space in Rome.

Because the redesign was well thought out, many angles from this square offer aesthetically spectacular views.  My favorite is this view of twin churches and an obelisk that was brought from Egypt in 10 BC.  I hope I was able to suggest how immense this place is by placing people and tiny cars in the distance.


Roma, Italia XXX

 

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 inches (29 x 21 cm)
Mat/Frame: No
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Roma, Italia XXIX, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXIX

 

- But don't you have to work?

- Work?  No, today's going to be a holiday.

Then Princess Ann and Joe Bradley go on to have all kinds of silly fun in Rome.  The Eternal City.  The City of Fountains.  While Rome looks splendid in all seasons, it shines the best in the summertime.

Starting with this painting of the Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza Navona, I am going to visit (paint) several spots, some depicted in the film Roman Holiday, this week and the next - just to feel as if I was enjoying a wonderful holiday in Rome like Ann and Joe.



Roma, Italia XXIX

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 inches (21 x 29 cm)
Mat/Frame: No
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Roma, Italia XXVII, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXVII

 

When I wanted to paint this scene, I was most attracted to how the lines were forming an interesting design already.  Long, vertical lines of buildings on both sides of a narrow alley and diagonal lines of shadows cast on the incredibly bright yellow walls seemed to be melting into the dark shadows on the ground.

Then, there was a small outdoor café.  When it's so hot it feels like roads are literally melting, there's no doubt in my mind that everyone will love granita di caffe (sweetened coffee slush) – con panna (topped with whipped cream), of course.  

 

 

 

Roma, Italia XXVII

 

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 in. (on 12 x 9 in. paper)
Mat/Frame: No
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Tazza d'Oro, Rome IV, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Tazza d'Oro, Rome, Italy IV

 

 

In this alley near the Pantheon, if you notice a rich aroma wafting through the air, it must be from a coffee house Tazza d'Oro (golden cup).  As many of their fans will attest, their coffee is simply number one.  I heard that some actually travel miles from other cities for a cup of their espresso.

Buildings on the opposite side, incidentally, display dazzling colors of gold and orange as the light bounces off from one side to the other.   Morning sunlight is already intense here in the summer.  But if you can have this view and the best coffee,  il mattino ha l'oro in bocca (the early bird gets the worm), as the Italians say.

Click to see another painting of this cafe (la casa del caffe).



Tazza d'Oro, Rome, Italy IV

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 in. (on 12 x 9 in. paper)
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Roma, Italia XXVI, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Roma, Italia XXVI

 

 

Walking away from the Pantheon, I turned to take the last look at it.  I wanted to make sure it was still there, and I was relieved to see it at the end of the street.  Silly me, it had been there for almost two millenia.  It'd be the last thing in Rome to disappear like mirage, if that was what I was afraid of.

 

 

This street, as many others in Rome, is lined with buildings that had weathered walls in really fascinating colors.  Sienna, burnt orange, salmon, pale magenta, gold...  In this painting, I had so much fun splashing these colors and water on top of them.


Roma, Italia XXVI


Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 in. (on 12 x 9 in. paper)
Mat/Frame: No
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Roma, Italia XXV, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXV

 

The Pantheon -- what an awe-inspiring place!  This magnificent domed temple must be the work of angels, as Michelangelo put it.

After experiencing the sheer exhilaration and an almost surreal sensation while being inside, can one simply leave here and move on to the next sight?  I think many visitors would like to linger on for a while.  To stay for another 30 minutes and admire the exterior of the Pantheon wouldn't be such a bad idea.

In this painting, at a cafe-restaurant appropriately named Bar Pantheon, people are enjoying that and whatever else is going on around them.  A horse-drawn carriage that just came around the corner adds a sense of liveliness to the scene.

 


  This is my preliminary wash for this painting.


Roma, Italia XXV

 

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
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Roma, Italia XXIV, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XXIV

 

Just when I got used to constant noise of cars and scooters on my first day in Rome, I thought I heard "waterfall."  What could it be?  Around the corner, there it was, not a waterfall, but a beautiful fountain spouting water up in the air, in the middle of a traffic circle, Piazza della Repubblica.

The semi-circular piazza is surrounded by buildings with porticos, and this cafe bar was under one of the porticos or arcades.  Not a bad place to take a coffee break especially on a very warm day.

 

 

 


Roma, Italia XXIV

 

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Roma, Italia XXIII, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Roma, Italia XXIII

 

 

Shadows on a street leading up to St. Peter's Basilica suggest it is midday.  I like it when bright sun creates dark edges that I enjoy painting against areas in the lighter value.  But in this painting, I really had fun with colors -- the colors of paints that I happened to have on my palette yesterday.

A small palette that I normally use when I travel needed cleaning.  So I was going to start a day by washing this.  When I looked at it, some paints had been used up but the colors that still remained were moist under an air-tight lid.  I saw cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, aureolin, yellow ochre, cobalt red and a little bit of turquoise and burnt umber, and I decided to make good use of them in this painting.  As a result, I think these colors helped achieve a cohesive harmony I was looking for in a midday scene.  But tomorrow I really have to wash this palette.

 
Roma, Italia XXIII

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
Mat/Frame: No
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Roma, Italia XXII, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Roma, Italia XXII

 

 

Crossing Piazza Venezia is definitely not for the faint-hearted.  Cars, taxis, buses, lots of scooters and occasional horse carriages seem to come and go from anywhere and incessantly.  So, anybody who deals with traffic on the Rome's busiest square must have one of the most thrilling jobs.  This traffic control officer, standing on a podium in the middle of the piazza was a testament to that.

Wearing a white helmet, white gloves and a whistle around his neck, he was signaling to drivers who poured into Piazza Venezia from all directions.  Given the traffic condition, I had to take my hat off to him.  He was just like a lion tamer, if you will, as he was moving everyone flawlessly from one side to the other.  This painting is one of my favorite Roman scenes.


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Roma, Italia XXII

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
Mat/Frame: No
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Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City II, Italian Landscape Painting

 

St-Peter's Square, Rome, Italy

 

 

I like meeting art-loving people who come to see my works and talk with me when I do an outdoor art show.  It's nice to see them enjoy my paintings in person (but sometimes they challenge me with difficult questions!).  In a relaxed atmosphere, our conversation often advances from art to other topics.  We share stories of our travels and families, friends and pets -- and feel the power of art that connects us on a very personal level. 

At an art show I did earlier this year, a rather quiet man in the 50s or early 60s purchased my original watercolor of Saint Peter's Square.  He said to me, "this painting brings me back memories... I used to live just around the corner (from the square).  It was a long time ago."  I was intrigued what had taken him to Vatican City some 20 or 30 years ago, but we didn't have time for a further discussion.

A little while later, he emailed me to say that he'd like to purchase a similar painting if I had any.  He told me that it'd be a gift for his late son's girlfriend who happened to spend some time not far from the square for her study.  There was no need to ask for missing puzzle pieces to put together his stories to understand that Saint Peter's Square was a very special place for him and his family.  I made this painting in honor of his son and donated it to his family.  I am now listening to a CD he sent me with soothing, lovely music his son had recorded before his passing.


Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City II

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 7.5 x 9.5 in
Mat Size: 11 x 14 in
Purchase: Donated

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La Casa del Caffe, Rome, Italy, Italian Landscape Painting

 

La Casa del Caffe, Rome, Italy I

 

 

This coffee house, near the Pantheon in the heart of Rome, must be famous or their coffee must be real good as there was a constant stream of people coming in and out.  But to me, what was intriguing was a fleeting moment I happened to catch at the time I was there:  A couple hurriedly walked in this coffee house (They must be anxious to get the shop's popular espresso).  Old ladies were shooting the breeze at the corner (They must be neighbors, perhaps gossiping).  A group of students with backpacks were quite noisy (They must have just visited the Pantheon on a school field trip).  Buildings on both sides of this narrow alley had faded paint colors (They probably have been like this for who knows how long)...  Just a slice of daily life.  Nothing spectacular or noteworthy but the moment was captured in this painting.


La Casa del Caffe, Rome, Italy

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
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More Paintings of Via Condotti, Rome, Italy

 

Roma, Italia I

 

 

When I paint a subject or a scene, I do it thinking it is a one-time shot.  Because the subject chooses me, not the other way around.  How am I supposed to know when or if it chooses me again?  That's why I take it seriously when an inspiration hits me.

After giving it all I got, I feel I'm done with it and ready to move on to another subject.  But some scenes are just addictive.  I keep going back to them, and every time they want me to paint something about them.  Via Condotti, a street leading up to the Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy is definitely one of those subjects for me.

First one (left) is a painting that I made back in 2005.  It holds a special place in my heart because it is one of my first paintings that got juried in and received an award in a national-level exhibition (Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2006).


Roma, Italia I (Passeggiata)

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 21 x 14 in. (53 x 36 cm)
Purchase: Not for sale



 Roma, Italia XII


Roma, Italia XII

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 21 x 14 in. (53 x 36 cm)
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Roma, Italia XX, Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia XX

 

A street leading up to the Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps was filled with people.  Just before the sunset, the quality of light was marvelous to paint.  Many locals were enjoying the evening passeggiata (little walk) while a large number of tourists and vacationers were going to see the famous sight.

This particular street, Via Condotti, is now lined up with elegant shops of brand names and expensive restaurants, almost like Beverly Hills.  But this is Rome, an ancient city full of historical anecdotes.  In Roman times, it carried water to the Baths of Agrippa and it was named after conduits or channels (source: Wikipedia).

Trinita dei Monti, a 16th century church standing at the top of Spanish Steps, can be seen at the end of the street.


Roma, Italia XX

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 in (on 12 x 9 in. paper)
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Roma, Italia II (Spanish Steps), Italian Landscape Painting


Roma, Italia II

 

I hope you can feel the intense heat of a Roman summer in the dry brushstrokes on the buildings and in the lost edges of the trees.  I hope you can hear the people laughing and talking and that you'll join them for the fun of being here.

The area around here is always full of people, especially in the summer.  I know it's a touristy thing to do but who could leave Rome without visiting the Spanish Steps?  And if you're lucky enough to be there, who wouldn't think about the romantic movie Roman Holiday?  Although there may be only a slim chance of meeting a royal princess here, you can pretend to be Gregory Peck or Audrey Hepburn while soaking up the Italian sun.

 


Roma, Italia II (Spanish Steps)

 

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 14 x 14 in. (36 x 36 cm) (Mat Size: 20 x 20 in)
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Albergo Abruzzi, Rome, Italy III, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Albergo Abruzzi, Rome, Italy III

 

 

The summer sun is intense in Rome.  I took it rather lightly on my first visit there 15 years ago.  I walked non-stop and almost had heat stroke.  I think I was a little too enthusiastic wanting to see as much as possible during a brief stay.  So I was better prepared on my recent trip last year.

It was the intense summer sun that made me want to paint Albergo Abruzzi, a hotel at Piazza della Rotonda right next to the Pantheon.

A lot of buildings in Rome, including this one, sport amazingly warm colors in their often-weathered look.  Orange, red, pink, gold, sienna... They glow in the sun.  Even shadows look as if we could feel the radiant heat of the sun.


Albergo Abruzzi, Rome, Italy III

A larger image of this painting is available on request.

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
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Roma, Italia XIV, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Roma, Italia XIV

 

 

This is a busy scene with lots of things going on.  Can you hear... a cameriere busily serving coffee inside the bar, neighbors catching up on what's happened in each other's life, a man trying to join in the conversation from a balcony upstairs, and another opening a huge door to his apartment, and probably one or two vespas zipping by in the background (or foreground) every few seconds?  I don't even remember the name of this street in Rome, but I am glad that I captured this slice of daily life.  Another of my fond memories of the Eternal City.


Roma, Italia XIV

A larger image of this painting is available on request.

 

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in (21 x 29.2 cm)
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Roma, Italia X, Italian Landscape Painting

 

Roma, Italia X

 

 

Some streets in the world are so well-known that the name itself has become an icon of something many people can associate with: Wall Street, Abbey Road, La Rambla, Champs-Elysées, Appian Way... just to name a few.

This alley in Rome is definitely not one of those streets, as far as I know.  In fact, I could have easily walked past without looking if a glaring reflection on the car hadn't blinded me.  I turned to my right, and there I saw this view.  The whole atmosphere was so arresting I knew I had to paint it.

 


Roma, Italia X

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
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A Boy in Vatican City, Italian Landscape Painting

A Boy in Vatican City

 

 

I spotted this Italian boy in Vatican City.  He was sitting on the steps that define the massive St. Peter's Square.  He was so absorbed feeding pigeons I doubt he ever noticed I was sketching the scene.

When I think of all the things I saw in and around Rome, I always remember the pure joy of watching him just being a kid.


A Boy in Vatican City

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 7.5 x 9.5 in (19.1 x 24.1 cm)
Mat Size: 11 x 14 in
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San Diego Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Opening Reception


Roma, Italia XI (in display)

 

Please join us to celebrate the opening of San Diego Watercolor Society's (SDWS) Novevmber Juried Member Exhibition tomorrow, November 7, 5-8pm at the SDWS Gallery.  Free admission.  Free parking.

All the pieces chosen by juror Rich Hawk are original watercolor/watermedia paintings, and will be for sale and in display until November 29.  I have "Roma, Italia XI" (award) and "Julian Christmas I" in this show.

 

 

Roma, Italia XI

 

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Image Size: 21.5 x 14.25 inches

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Daily Painting - Roma, Italia XV



Roma, Italia XV

Original watercolor on paper

Image size: 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches (21 x 29 cm)

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Daily Painting - Roma, Italia XIV



Roma, Italia XIV

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Image size:  8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches (21 x 29 cm)

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Daily Painting - Albergo Abruzzi III



Albergo Abruzzi, Roma, Italy III

Original watercolor on paper

Image size:  8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches (21 x 29 cm)

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When in Rome

 

Roma, Italia I

 

 

When in Rome, I walk everywhere to soak up the Old World ambiance.  I marvel at colors and architectural designs of the buildings and have fun thinking how I can paint them.  I eat a sweet peach at the Campo dei Fiori outdoor market.  I let my imagination go back in time to live in the glorious ancient times.  I don’t mind getting up early to avoid a horrendously long line to enter the Vatican.  I climb to the top of the Spanish steps to see the sunset.  I don’t forget to stop for a gelato.  At the end of my stay, I have second thoughts about going to the horrendously crowded Trevi fountain but end up going there anyway to throw a coin because I want to return to the Eternal City.

Visit Roma, Napoli, Milano and many towns in between in my Italian Landscapes Collection.

 

 

Roma, Italia I

 

Media: original watercolor on paper

Image Size: 21.5 x 14.25 inches

Purchase: Sold

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