Everytime I travel to Europe I like to get a small watercolor as a souvenir. Usually you can find these at most tourist attractions for around $10 each. When I return home I have a mat made and frame them in a small antique frame.
In Rome you can find these little watercolors just about everywhere. The funny part is that everyone seems to have the same exact scenes, but in different colors and styles. What I discovered is that they all work off a printed line drawing of the scene and then paint it in their won style
The first watercolor I bought was at the Castel St Angelo and it was painted by a Romanian girl. It was €8. The scene which was painted was over the rooftops of Rome. At the time I really liked it because it reminded me of the view out my hotel window. When I returned to my hotel I leaned up against the wall on my desk and realized I was too find of it. It looked like a big blob.
Last night I set out to Piazza Navona and bought another one. This time I brought home a watercolor of the Piazza Navona that was more scenic. It was €10.
It's funny how prices on these paintings can vary by location bought. Shop around!