Let’s Go to Venice


My Gallery in Sedona, Exposures International Fine Art, just sold the painting of Venice I had done for them recently. If you’d like to see “Venetian Enchantment” CLICK HERE.   So I’m doing another one for them. We’ll be in a courtyard looking out, through the arch, at one of the hidden canals of Venice. I don’t worry about sketching the foreground, I can visualize that in my mind. But I do work out the details of the canal in a drawing. In the distance is the Grande Canal and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.

The painting is 30 inches tall by 36 inches wide and will be done in the gallery wrap style with the image extending over, on to the edges. I begin sketching the basic architecture with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

Using my T-Square as a straight edge I establish the perspective of the walkway along the canal. Notice the vanishing points indicated on the horizon line. You may click on this, or any of the images, to see an enlargement.

I balanced the T-Square on the top edge of the canvas to make the upright lines of the tower and buildings. Then, with my hand braced against the mahl stick for steadiness, I draw the openings for the bells in the tall tower.

The Basilica is ghosted in the background, I’ve just roughed in the shape with a thin wash of MUD. Next I begin working on the details of the buildings lining the canal. And I just can’t seem to do a painting of Venice without throwing in a striped awning somewhere!

Won’t do anymore on the background, I’ll add the windows and rest of the details when I paint the buildings. Now we’ll start defining the plants that fill the pleasant courtyard.

The sketch is complete. I’ll begin painting in the next session, hope you’ll come follow along! 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!


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