Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Another Venice Sketch

Another from my recent Venice trip. Apologies that I'm just visiting the same spots as so many others before me, but generations have been spot on in their choice of spots from which to take their inspiration. In some senses I feel I have to get some of these out of my system before being a little more experimental. I just love the place and am already working on getting back next year.

Salute - Oil on canvas board 12" x 10"

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Back in Harness

Yes, it's been some time since I posted here but the summer has been taken up with a lot of travel, mostly with family, so painting has taken a place on the back burner. However, las week I had the opportunity to go to Venice with my painting gear as a 'baptism of fire' in taking up the brushes again.

It was to be an interesting week as the last time I'd been there I'd found myself a little overwhelmed in terms of painting and I spent a long time analysing why I found it so difficult. La Serenissima is the most wonderful of places but it certainly tests the mettle of anyone wishing to render its wonders in paint. This is a subject that I may return to wen I've had time to absorb the experience of the latest trip.

Here are two examples from the series of oil sketches that I made on the streets during my stay. 

As always any comments, advice or criticism are welcomed.

Rio dei Mendicanti - Oil sketch on canvas board 12" x 10"

Salute at Dawn - Oil sketch on canvas board 12" x 10"