Here are four more paintings produced during my recent trip in Venice. After two days of sunshine (see my previous post here), Venice suddenly got wrapped in a very thick fog that made everything look mysterious and magical. The downside is that sometimes you just can't see any further than 5 meters away! A lot of white paint used during those few days!
My first painting on Day3 is a detail of the Basilica on San Marco Piazza:
|Detail of San Marco Basilica 10"x8" oil on board|
I set up quite close to be able to see something - any further and the basilica would have vanished completely:
|Nobody is allowed to make fun of my hat by the way|
I liked the way the fog was literally eating up the basilica on the edges of the building and towers:
At that time we met by chance other painters and at some point around 10 of us were painting on the Piazza. Some tourists made the most of the welcoming entertainment on this foggy day and decided to stop at each painter to have a look, just like you would on your local village Arts Trail...
|David Bachmann inspired by the fog... (thanks David Pilgrim for the picture)|
|San Marco Piazza in the fog|
Most of us decided to stay on the Piazza for a second painting and I did a little study of the lovely shops in the Arcades around San Marco Piazza:
|Shops at Piazza San Marco 10"x12" oil on board|
I was inspired by the beautiful architecture of the arches and the warm welcoming lights coming from the luxury jewellery shops. I did finish this one at home as I ran out of time to paint it all on the spot and decided to add the figure to bring life to the painting.
|My set up on the day|
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© Fabio Thian
|© Fabio Thian|
|© Fabio Thian|
After this painting, Haidee, Tim and I headed for the lovely square at Campo Santa Maria Formosa. It was ridiculously foggy at that time and we were all rather tired and grumpy (well, I was!). I struggled with my painting as instead of being a lovely colourful study, it was more like Venice in 50 tints of Grey! But again, some kids playing football on the square kept me entertained, so much that I ended up putting them in the painting (and the babysitter too) and giving them the painting for them to take home. They happily posed for me in front of the little painting:
|Lucrenia, Daniela and Carlo Maria|
The youngest boy seemed to be the most interested in the painting process so I let him have a try. This little Picasso ended up painting for half an hour, I simply couldn't stop him! There seems to be a pattern here about me relaxing and the kids doing the hard work!
Meanwhile, a few meters away, Haidee and Tim were producing little masterpieces of their own:
The next day, in spite of our prayers, voodoo sessions, and witchcraft spells, the fog was still there. We did a first painting at the Rialto Bridge but I was not pleased with it so it currently stands on the "will probably go to the bin" pile. Afterwards, Haidee and I headed for the Ospedale. I had to have a go at the famous sculpture in the middle of square:
|Verrocchio - Bartolomeo Colleoni, Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo 9"x12" oil on board|
I chose a composition which had plenty of lines and structures to keep it interesting.
|Haidee and I in action|
|My painting towards the end|
Finally, I made the most of the last hour of daylight to do a quick study of the bridge standing just behind me so I turned around and stood alongside the water and did this little study in about 35 minutes:
Meanwhile, I already wish you all a wonderful Christmas time!
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