Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sketchbook Journeys - Italy: Day 9 (Venice Canals)

So much to see, and so little time! That's what it felt like on my one day in Venice. Of course I toured St. Mark's Basilica, visited the Rialto Market, and strolled along the Grand Canal, but one of the best things I did that day was to take the time to wander off into the side streets and explore.

(Click to enlarge)
10" x 7", ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook
 
This quiet, shadowy scene was just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of Piazza San Marco but seemed a world away.

 
I tried something different with the lettering on this page. I wrote the text with a dark purple gel pen first, then went over it again with a metallic blue gel pen, moving the text just a smidge to the right, for a nice shadow effect. I used the same blue pen to draw parallel lines on the background surrounding the sketch, just to add a little interest and sparkle.

 
One last journal page about my day in Venizia...


(Note how I cleverly coordinated the colors with the facing page!)

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7 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting of Venice Leslie, you've made the water look so real. How I wish I could go to Venice with my paints!

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    1. Me, too, Frank! One day was just an appetizer!

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  2. Been going thru the last few blog posts. Love your colors. Especially the side canal here. Such warm colors.

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  3. Great pages! Venice is one of my favorite cities and I've spent a lot of time painting there en plein air. I'm going to go back and read some of the posts that I've missed. Well done!

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  4. Almost felt like I took the trip with you, I just adore the painting of the canal with boats here. Rich colors and beautiful mood! :)

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