I want to take a moment and share our Night Blooming Cereus with you. It awarded us with another flower today. It doesn’t bloom very often; when it does the blossoms open in the dark of night. This one totally closed up by 9 AM. But what an early morning surprise that we got to enjoy for a few hours. Just had to stop and “smell the roses” so to speak.
The promenade on this side of the Grand Canal is painted cooler, or bluer, in the distance and warmer as it comes forward. Then the perspective lines of the tile work are drawn into the wet paint from the back to the front. The horizontal ones separating the individual tiles are drawn next. I do this freehand using a fine liner brush. I can’t use the mahl stick here because it would limit my movement and I couldn’t make a smooth line.
Brightly colored striped mooring posts are seen all throughout Venice, randomly placed along the canals for anchoring boats. I think they are so cool, but they certainly take some concentration to paint. The entire pole is blocked in first with the lighter green. Then the darker blue stripes are worked into the wet paint.
Golden caps top out the mooring posts. Today my painting session is cut a little short, we absolutely have to go to the grocery store. I feel like old Mother Hubbard, our cupboards are bare. We should finish up tomorrow, see you then. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik