The Gondola

First I have to tell you our Bird of Paradise bloomed! What a neat surprise. I’m sure you are thinking to yourself, “Well, isn’t that what they are supposed to do?” We thought that also when we planted it 5 years ago, but this is the first time it has rewarded us with its beautiful bird like flower. So I just had to share our garden surprise with you.

Let’s do some planting at the easel. Orange Jubilee vine cascades down the faded red wall, adding a burst of vibrant color.

After examining the painting in the mirror placed behind my easel I decide to lower the tops of the distant windows. Another good reason to have saved all that paint. This makes the building at the end of the canal drop further back, giving the piece more depth.

Ah, now to the gondola. Gliding through the canals of Venice in one is so totally unique and romantic. A painting of Venice just doesn’t seem complete without a gondola. The ferro, on the front of the bow, has become a symbol of Venice. The S form imitates the winding of the Grand Canal and the six teeth represent the six districts into which Venice is divided. The semi-circular break between the curved top and the six teeth is said to represent the Rialto Bridge.

At one time gondolas were painted in various colors, however black was prevalent because it looked so elegant and was suitable for every kind of big event. Some say the black color is derived from the black pitch used to seal the boats and make them waterproof. Whatever the reason, the graceful gondolas are all now black and a ride in one has become a tradition for visitors to Venice. A mixture of Alizarin Crimson + Pthalo Blue is used to paint the body of the gondola. A little White is added for the highlights. This mix gives a blue touch to the Black; ideal for replicating the highly enameled surface of the boats. It is fun to delineate the gold trim that decorates the boats using some of the paint from the sunlit building in the distance. Thanks for visiting today. We should finish up tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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One Response to “The Gondola”

  1. Paul O'Brien Says:

    Mikki,
    These colors on this scene is absolutely stunning. WOW. Can not wait to see the finished piece!
    The O’Briens
    Charlotte NC

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