Here are my paintings from my first two days in Venice. On the first day Haidee and myself set up on the Piazzetta to catch the beautiful morning sky:
You can see who is the lazy one sitting down :-)
|Piazzetta in the morning 12"x9" oil on board|
|Piazzetta, San Marco|
We set up on the top of those "tables" laid out for the high water. It gave us a great perspective and kept us out of reach from the tourists:
|Haidee and I|
|My painting at the end of the session|
In the afternoon, after trying those delicious italian sandwiches I tackled the unavoidable Basilica San Marco. No wonders it's such an popular subject; it's simply magnificent!
|Piazza San Marco between the clouds 12"x10" oil on board|
It was quite a challenge to paint, without mentioning the fact that I was standing right in the middle of the square attracting masses of curious tourists. I must say most of them were lovely and gave me nice words of encouragement to keep me going... Someone even gave me two roses!
A local photographer (Luca Girardini) took these two pictures while I was painting and kindly sent them to me:
|© Luca Girardini|
|© Luca Girardini|
The picture below was kindly taken by fellow painter David Pilgrim and shows the kind of crowd we sometimes have to cope with when painting in public places! I must admit I felt a bit the pressure as it seems every brushstroke I made was carefully inspected by the onlookers!
On the second day, first thing in the morning we tackled the Salute from the other side of the Grand Canal. The light coming from behind the Salute was just fantastic and gave a lovely contre jour effect:
|Salute Maria della Salute - early morning 12"x10" oil on board|
We actually managed to find the exact same spot where Ken Howard - the master of Venice paintings - stands on his Venice oil DVD. I realise it must sounds sadly geeky! I just wish I produced the same painting as him! I almost wiped mine of frustration but manage to "save" it after all.
|My easel in the foreground and David Pilgrim and Tim King in the distance|
We then crossed the water and Haidee and I painted near the Salute looking across the canal towards San Marco. What caught our eyes was the lovely sunlight on the buildings contrasting with the dark blue gondolas in the foreground. The is the result of my efforts:
|View accross the Canal from Fondamenta Dogana alla Salute 10"x8" oil on board|
|Haidee and I in action, blissfully unaware that two minutes later |
I smashed my turp glass bottle in pieces in the floor!
|Reflections - Fondamenta Venier Sebastiano 10"x8" oil on board|
|At the beginning|
At the end of the session, the light reflections on the water had completely gone so I was mainly painting from memory.
|At the end|
Haidee, Roy and I finally went for a quick "nocturne" painting just alongside the canal. I planned to catch the sunset but by the time I got my painting material ready it was completely dark! We all felt pretty hardcore painting at what felt like 11 at night but in fact it was only 4 in the afternoon! Despite my pretty cool head torch light, I couldn't really see what I was doing but at the same time it probably gave a feel of spontaneity and urgency to the painting which I quite like:
|The Accademia bridge at night 10"x7" oil on board|
|The view as we started|
|Haidee and I painting with Roy's easel in the foreground- thanks Roy for the pic!|
|My painting towards the end|
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