This doesn't look as slick and realistic as some of the other work I did in Europe or in college. I was only 16 and had not taken any formal training. This image was created in the same summer period when my family was staying at the pianist's home in suburban Rome. I was inspired by Italian scenes to do this, but I didn't pay much attention to perspective or painting technique. This picture was done in gouache (water-based opaque paint). I attempted to put a cat in the picture (see lower center) but I wasn't good at drawing cats yet.
Gouache on sketchbook page, 6 3/4" x 9", summer 1969.