|10" x 2", ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
As I rode the train from Vicenza to Venice on Day 9 of my Italian adventure, the colors were soft and muted. Church spires peeked above the fog as we passed by small towns and farms. It was a quiet, relaxed trip, and I had a chance to sketch the pretty countryside as we rambled along.
When we stepped off in Venice, it was another story entirely...
|10" x 7", ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
As we cruised down the Grand Canal, gaping at centuries-old homes, cathedrals, and public buildings (and boats everywhere!), I found it difficult to take it all in. I was actually in VENICE!!
It was historic, beautiful, busy, colorful, charming, and utterly unique.
The gondolas were gorgeous, and the gondoliers looked pretty spiffy, too, in their traditional striped shirts and jaunty caps.
Although I wrote in my travel journal every day while I was in Italy and faithfully recorded where we went and what we saw, I didn't always have time to do as many sketches as I wanted. So, I planned ahead and left space for the images I wanted to draw and paint later, making a pencil notation on the page of what the subject matter would be, and drawing a rough border outline of the space, so I knew to keep my text out of that area.
This scene was painted from photos I took that day in Venice as I traveled on the crowded water bus down the Grand Canal. I recorded this time-lapse video at home in my studio...
Hearing the camera clicking away every few seconds always makes me feel a little rushed and frantic, so I painted this very quickly. Maybe it's a good thing though, because it forced me to simplify and paint more boldly. I hope you like it.
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