Oil painting: Memories of meandering through the streets of Rome

    The other thing my teacher keeps emphasizing is the magic of a little bit of cad red to give colors some life.

    I’ve started my fourth oil painting that is based on a photo I took while walking the streets of Rome, Italy.

    The city is full of beautifully aged fountains and plastered buildings with bold colored shutters. This particular clearing that opened up after going through some narrow streets caught my eye. I loved how the buildings towered above so a crouched down to take this photo. The resultant lines on the photo inspired me to create a painting from it.

    This past Saturday, I finished my first pass of blocking out the painting. I am happy with the hues and tones of this painting more than my last already.

    If you recall, this was something I wanted to work on for this painting. I think I finally understand what the teacher, Lee Hartman, was trying to teach me with the use of varying intensities of greys formed by two base colors as the foundation for the other colors in the painting. The other thing she keeps emphasizing is the magic of a little bit of cad red to give colors some life.

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