To Venice We Shall Go….

I’m overwhelmed at all the wonderful messages I’ve received about Brave Heart! Thank you. And yes, I’m definitely still trying to get a picture of my inspiring feathered friend. What makes it challenging is he doesn’t announce his visits like Mr. Chippers does with his characteristic Chip, Chip, Chip. Brave Heart is stealthily silent as he approaches the feeder. Which I understand completely, it’s a defense mechanism. But the feeder is located outside our kitchen window, far out of sight from my easel. So all depends on if I’m in the kitchen at the right time. I can just hear Jack laughing and continuing, “AND…..You’re never in the kitchen, since you don’t cook!” I’ll have to admit, gardening and painting are my favorites, NOT domestic duties. ‘Nuf said!

Speaking of inspiration…..Here’s the spark for my newest painting for our gallery in Sedona, Exposures Fine Art. I was captivated by this arch in an abbey located somewhere in Tuscany, I think. Immediately a Venice scene popped into my mind.

Grabbing the closest sketch pad I scribbled my thoughts down on paper. Then “Venetian Enchantment” floated through the recesses of my brain. PERFECT!

Working on a 30 inch by 30 inch gallery wrap canvas I begin drawing the basic architectural plan with a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. You can see the perspective lines that were drawn using a straight edge.

I love old architecture and working out the complexities of the multiple arches in this doorway is especially intriguing, as well as a challenge.

A T-Square is balanced on the top edge of the canvas, enabling me to make the upright lines of the window and railings straight.

After getting the building constructed, I’ve decided to move the gondola from the left to the right side of the painting. If you’d like to see how I’d first envisioned it, just scroll back to the sketch at the beginning of the post. I feel this gives the piece a better balance.

The striped mooring pole is next. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to see them larger.

Now let’s draw the romantic table for two in the intimate courtyard.

And what would an Italian dinner be without some wine? The bottle is first washed in with a mix of Sap Green + Liquin. Then a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin is applied over the lower portion to give the impression of some wine remaining in the bottle.

Wine glasses complete the table setting. Then the Bougainvilleas lining the interior wall of the courtyard are washed in with mixes of Permanent Rose + Liquin. They cascade down; their bright pink bracts can be seen through the openings of the window and arch. That finishes up the sketch, this post is actually two days work compressed into one session. I appreciate you visiting our studio. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!


2 Responses to “To Venice We Shall Go….”

  1. Patricia Ann Ingram Says:

    Now I know why you are such a GREAT painter…. you have a GREAT imagination! I could never have taken that picture and thought of the gondola, table, chairs, wine, umbrella, etc…. You are amazing and I love everything you do! May God Bless

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