This is my first of hopefully many paintings from a trip we recently took to Italy. What a beautiful country with so many inspiring places. I now recognize some of the subject matter for a number of artists whose work I admire. When traveling there, bring your best camera with plenty of memory cards and fill your boots. Sadly I only took about 900 photos. Sounds like a lot, but I wish I'd taken 2000 or more. Just didn't always have the opportunity with all the tours we took etc. Nonetheless, it was a great time and we will go back sometime.
I've always loved pelicans, especially when they are air born, and decided to do this piece for Rose. (It's her birthday). This is a painting she plans to hang in her office at work, where "Free the spirit" is their motto. What could be more uplifting than these majestic birds taking flight in unison.