I painted a small plein-air watercolour of an Italian courtyard years ago on a holiday trip. It was a lovely experience sitting in that shaded courtyard, sipping a coffee and painting with the warm sun creeping into the corners and the birds chirping around me. This week I'm creating a larger oil painting using that small watercolour as a jumping off board for inspiration. When it came to blocking it in, I decided on a slightly different composition. The original seemed a bit empty when I upscaled the simplicity of the first...so I've added some architechtural shapes in the right background, to give it more depth. This is stage one, but feeling good about it.