Nothing makes me jump out of bed like the sun shining in Rome.
Fortunately that's just about everyday.
This morning was no exception and I knew immediately where to paint, Pigneto.
Oil on Linen Panel
This is my neighborhood and so I go up and down this street often and I cannot count the times I've told myself to paint here. The times that I have gone to paint here the light wasn't right, but this morning either the light or I was different and it was perfect.
The place was bustling, and everyone was in such a hurry that only a few older people stopped to chat.
The light was moving at, well, light speed and so I had to be quick to get down those shadows and patches of light as well.
This neighborhood has a long and interesting history, I've written about it before. This is one of Rome's many lively working class neighborhoods that is now moving towards trendy.
I like how the ramshackle meets pretty here, it's one of the best and most unique characteristics about the city of Rome. This street characterizes the entire feel of the neighborhood for me, complete with the public water fountain or nasone as the locals call it.
Another favorite painting from these parts is one that I captured at the daily morning market in Pigneto. This is where you can find everyone in the morning before lunch and of course the place to do all of your grocery shopping if you want to eat well like an Italian.
Oil on Panel
Wishing you a sunny day!
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