Exploring the streets of Rome with oils

Streets of Rome Oil Painting

Streets of Rome Oil Painting

I wanted to give you an update on my fourth painting. The subject matter is a photo I took while exploring the streets of Rome. I had been walking everywhere by foot and as a narrow street cleared, I saw this scene. Of course I crouched down to take the actual photo which resulted in what I think is a dynamic perspective.

When I started this endeavor, I had no idea by choosing to paint this photograph, I would get to explore Rome again, in oils. As I paint and struggle to capture the varying shades and textures of the stucco, the worn facades of the fountain, and the earthy oranges of the terracotta pots, it forces me to take a second, perhaps deeper look into what I saw and felt while in Rome.

I spent the last class focused on the top right portion of this painting.

Aside from this reflective side, I’ll say that I am at the moment in this painting where I have some doubts on whether the piece will turn out…whether I have the skills to be a good painter (ok, I really want to be great). These feelings where there during the creation of my last painting of a red barn as well so I hope it eventually fades as something I like emerges.

Fingers crossed.

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