I'm working on two paintings concurrently from my Rome experience. I've been going back and forth between them a lot, changing compositions and restating passages. I thought I'd post their progress, as it's a slow painting process. My notion is to express a mood of delight in the city; I'm not at all interested in actually recording landmarks. The cafe culture at night was especially fabulous. That's what these two paintings are going to be about...the coffee,accordian and gelato, which make up the forgrounds, should get the idea across. You can see the picture of the accordian (to the left of the easle) which I'm using as a painting resource. That's because, not being very musical, I dont actually know what an accordian really looks like. I had a great photo I took of an accordian player one evening, that I initially used, but in the end, I didn't like the addition of the figure. It seemed to take the focus off the main idea...so after repainting him twice, I decided to scrape him off. That's when I decided to add a giant accordian instead. I think it will work. My gut feels happier about it, so that's usually a good sign.