Five years ago today I was also in a Venice frame of mind.
Studio 365: Day 142 22.5.15
Venice study I 22.5.15
Painting this watercolour and ink sketch in the studio this afternoon allowed me to re-visit our magical trip to Venice in July 1999, a visit documented in a precious journal that I kept throughout our Italian travels that year.
How could I not post these wonderful mosaic patterns from the Basilica San Marco from our recent visit to Venice for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns
“For this week’s photo challenge, explore the vibrant, hopeful colors of your favorite sunrise or sunset.”
Here are two of mine
Sunrise on the road to Vimy in northern France, 2012
Sunset over the Grand Canal in Venice, 2017
Piazza San Marco, Study II
A Canal in Venice, matted and framed.
The Gondolas study I – pen, brush and ink
Transformation using the gift of the four treasures in the studio today.
Piazza San Marco, Study I
A perfect final day to our Italian travels beginning with the morning sunshine silhouetting the San Giorgio Magiorre before revisiting the Basilica San Marco to see its marble pavements once again after seventeen years.
We then climbed the 100 steps to the terrace with its views of the Campanile and Piazza San Marco.
Our final long anticipated stop was to the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari to see Titian’s masterpiece the Frari Assumption, just as glorious as I remembered it.
Then one final moment to pause and take it all in before heading to the airport and London.
I hope you have enjoyed the trip as much as we have. It’s certainly been good having you along. So many more memories to share in the coming weeks and months with photos and hopefully exciting new paintings. Stay tuned.
The curve of the Grand canal viewed from the roof deck of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi beside the Rialto Bridge.
A grand finale to our Italian holiday with the magic of Venice at every turn.
Mosaic Variation 12.6.15, matted and framed. Inspired by the floor mosaics of the Basilica San Marco in Venice
Returning to Venice next week but difficulty with Wifi so here is a taste of the last few days with lots more to follow when we return home.