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More views of Venice – Update 2

Evening glow at Santa Maria Della Salute from the Academia bridge in Venice. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.


Hi

I have been asked a few times since my last Venice post where we stayed and from where I took the photos that formed the basis for the paintings.

In fact we stayed at the Locanda Vivaldi Hotel right on the Riva Schiavoni which is just a short walk from St Mark’s Square and the centre of Venice.

We really enjoyed staying there and it is a nice hotel with a lovely roof top terrace.

Many photos were taken from there, some with zoom lenses and they are the basis for a lot of my Venice watercolours.

Of  course when visiting Venice there are great scenes on every corner and there is unlimited subjects for artists. I certainly  hope to be back there painting in the future.

We arrived at the Locanda Vivaldi by water taxi from the airport. Although more expensive that the ferry boats this is such an exciting way to get to the heart of Venice from the airport. We had booked in advance.

This week, looking back again though my photos I found one taken as we arrived and so this is a new painting depicting that moment. A small traghetto  was passing by as we approached too the hotel under the bridge.
So here it this watercolour and a couple of others painted some time ago ,but again from the Riva Schiavoni or nearby

i hope you will enjoy seeing them

stay safe and well

Brian


Arriving by water taxi at the Locanda Vivaldi Hotel in Venice. Watercolour 16 inches by 12.

Arriving at San Marco by Vaporetto Watercolour 15 inches by 11.

 

Gondolas and San Georgio from the Riva Schiavoni

Views of Venice

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“Threatening clouds over Venice”        The view from the rooftop terrace of the Locanda Vivaldi Hotel in Venice. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Hi Everybody

Some few years ago we visited Venice with friends and stayed in the delightful Locanda Vivaldi Hotel, situated on the Riva Schiavoni.

It has a great location and the views from the roof terrace are really lovely both of the Riva Schiavoni and the Church of Santa Maria della Sallute and also across to the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.

i have been revisiting my photos taken from there and in doing so have painted two new watercolours of the views from the terrace, plus I have added to this post some previous watercolours also inspired by the scenes from that Rooftop terrace.

I love Venice and the amazing scenes at every corner you turn, and so I hope you like these few watercolours too. 

Most of these watercolours are currently for sale on Artfinder if you are interested in purchasing one.

Happy Travelling and stay safe and well

Brian

A closer view of Chiesa Santa Maria della Salute. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

The Church of San Giorgio Maddiore across the lagoon from the Riva Schiavoni. Watercolour 16 by 12inches.

Evening in Venice. Watercolour 16 by 12 inches

Coffee and Lunch in Lucca in Tuscany

“Coffee in the Piazza”. The Piazza dell’Anfiteatro in Lucca Watercolour 14 inches by 10 on Arches 300gsm Paper.

Hi Everybody

Tuscany abounds with wonderful sights and scenery and especially some amazing Cities and Towns.

Right up there is the fabulous town of Lucca.

Its narrow streets, and the marvellous Piazza dell’Anfiteatro where cafes and restaurants abound is only one of the many interesting sites of this very old Town.

To whet your appetite here are two recent watercolours of the places in Lucca,somehwere for coffee and then a stop for lunch

I hope you will enjoy this brief visit to the lovely place.

Enjoy your future travels

Brian

 

“Time for Lunch”. Watercolour of a street in Lucca 10 by 14 inches on Arches paper

The Guinigi Tour in Lucca. Yes, they are Holm Oaks growing on the top of the Tower!. The Tower was built in the 14th Century and is 45 metres high. Watercolour 9 by 13 inches

My Virtual Travel Journal – Part 1 -“The first 5 weeks in Lockdown”

I expect like me you are just wishing you could go somewhere, ANYWHERE I hear you say!

Well those days will return, but I have been travelling around the Globe quite a bit since the lockdown started.

It is of course Virtual, but by painting watercolours of various place I can almost escape there for a while. By the time I have trawled through old photos to find the one I want to paint the memories of these places come flooding back and the concentration of painting soon transports me to those far away places.

I have been posting these paintings recently so not many new ones but I thought I could put them together as a sort of Journal if only for my own amusement, and I hope yours too!

It all stared sitting in the garden in the lovely April sunshine thinking of all the gardening I should be doing, not to mention sorting out the shed, garage,study etc etc.

A corner of the garden

But soon the travel bug took over.

I had been worrying about a delivery of a variant of this watercolour of Porto in Portugal

to a customer in Toronto when I realised that I had not been to Toronto for a very long time and so the idea of a Skyline painting seemed the thing to do. Don’t ask why, even I don’t know!

Toronto Skyline

One thing leads to another and so suddenly I found myself seeing once again the Skyline of Singapore.

Singapore

We had stayed in the Ritz Carlton there the last time we were there and this is the skyline from near there. What a City Singapore is!  I can even taste a spectacular meal we ate one evening there, in very authentic restaurant, of Beef in Black Bean sauce and Beef Rendang!

The trip back to the UK included a quick diversion to Chateau Chalon in the Jura in France. (That thanks to watching Rick Stein on TV). A wonderful area of that equally wonderful country with stunning ,and rather special Wine!

Chateau Chalon in the Jura region of France

And just to make sure the days were fully filled up, a  return visit to Amsterdam, another great place to be.

 

But soon I was back in the UK with view of the Countryside in Kent that I can’t now visit and another view across the Oxfordshire countryside as the sun bursts through.

The Kentish Countryside

The sun breaking through the clouds

Being back in the UK brought on another attack of the travel bug and a long weekend in Tuscany seemed just the right thing to do. So after a brief stop in Florence to look at the the house located on the Ponte Vecchio —

—I drove into the heart of Tuscany. It has been warm here in Kent and so the warmth of Tuscany seemed just so good.

Basing ourselves near to San Gimignano, as we have done before, gave me some time to enjoy painting some watercolours, first of Piazza della Cisterna in the heart of San Gimignano and then the view from San Gimignano across the wonderful Tuscan landscape.

Piazza dell Cisterna in San Gimignano.

Tuscany

Luckily there was time to return to Lucca. A real gem of a City in Tuscany and a painters paradise!

In the Heart of Lucca in Tuscany

And so the first 5 weeks of Lockdown have let me cover a lot of miles without even stepping outside!

I hope that this Lockdown won’t go on too much longer but if it does my Virtual bags will have to be repacked and put into us again.

Happy Virtual Travelling Everybody!

Stay safe and well too.

Brian

Two Watercolours – Different styles

Hi Everybody

Thanks for reading my Blog posts!

This post has just two watercolours, but ~I hope you like the increased frequency of my posts during the Worldwide Pandemic.

One is a pen and wash sketch of some houses located right on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and which is just  10 inches by 7 and another which is much larger at 22 inches by 16.

The Ponte Vecchio is a very unique bridge still retaining the style common in the Middle Ages where houses were built right across the bridges in major European cities.

Very few remain and the Ponte Vecchio is probably the best example today.

Pen and wash is a favourite way  for me to paint and usually they are,  painted in my sketchbook, this painting is no exception.

Houses on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.Pen and wash sketch 10 inches by 7, on Fabriano paper.

However I also like the challenge of larger watercolours, with no pen involved, and this scene is of a view across the Oxfordshire countryside as the sun breaks through the clouds.

“Shafts of Sunlight.”   Watercolour 22 inches by 16 on Arches 140lb NOT watercolour paper.

 

With the larger painting multiple washes are employed compared to fewer on the sketch of course.

I have developed this style of painting since spending a week last year with the wonderful watercolour painter Herman Pekel and I am very grateful for his help with my technique. Not quite up to his standard through!

We met at Big Sky Arts at The White House Hotel in Norfolk in 2019 , a great location for a really superb watercolour course.

Anyway stay safe and keep well

I will be back to the easel!

Brian

 

 

Another watercolour of Tuscany – The wonderful San Gimignano

The City of Towers

In my last post I featured a watercolour from San Gimignano, so today I have painted a watercolour sketch of the Piazza del Cisterna, right  in the centre of San Gimignano. This Cisterna in the Piazza was originally built in 1273 was enlarged in 1346 and painted by me in 2020!

This watercolour pen and wash sketch is painted across two pages of my Sketch book and measures 24 inches by 8.

Piazza del Cisterna in San Gimignano. Watercolour pen and wash sketch 24 inches by 8, on Fabriano paper.

 

I was a little surprised that I had not painted this scene before but by making it a large panorama I have been able to include a lot of this lovely Piazza.  The Towers of San Gimignano are so unique and amazing ,”Manhattan of the 13th Century”.

Originally there were over 70 towers but today only 14 of them still exist. Only 6 are in this painting. Some of the Towers are over 150 feet tall.

In this painting I have included an artist, maybe we will be able to get back there before too long to soak up the amazing atmosphere, not to mention the great food, warm welcome and really super wine!

Also I have included a couple of previous paintings of San Gimignano produced whilst visiting there in 2013.

I hope you like them.

San Gimignano , The City of Towers from the nearby countryside Watercolour 12 inches by 9.(2013)

 

A styrene in San Gimignano. Watercolour 10 by 9 inches (2013)

I am trying to post much more often that I normally do so that there are frequent new paintings for everyone to look at, and as I am painting a lot more than normal it lets me have an outlet for all my artwork!

Anyway stay safe, and thanks for looking at my blog posts.

All the best.

Brian

Tuscany, Wonderful memories – We will be back!

Hi Everybody

With travel now not possible for the time being anyway,  Tuscany will be very quiet, and we all feel for the awful situation in Italy and well as here in the UK and around the World.

But we will all return to Tuscany with its wonderful Cities and Towns, the Countryside, very friendly  people, and the great food and delicious wine.

Just as soon as we all can, because it is such a magical place to visit and enjoy.

With that in mind I decided yesterday to paint a large watercolour (well for me ) of the sun rising across the Tuscan countryside. Derived partly from photos taken from San Gimignano looking East and other photos taken on our last visit to the area.

Tuscany. Early morning from San Gimignano. Watercolour on Arches Cold pressed paper 19 inches by 8.

Larger watercolours are exciting and challenging and this one has come out fairly well. It is 19 inches by 8 and will look nice mounted and framed I think. Something else to do!

Also here are a couple of very quick sketches, also from photos taken on that last visit to Sienna in Tuscany. These are both of the area away from the Campo in Sienna. There are so many wonderful sights there to paint but these two smaller sketches were also painted very recently whilst at home, sitting in the garden in the sun thinking of Sienna!

Early Lunch in Sienna. Watercolour 11 inches by 8 on Fabriano paper.

The Torre del Mangia Tower in Sienna sennets for the side streets. Watercolour sketch 9 by 6 inches.

In these days of isolation I am very lucky to have such an absorbing pastime of watercolour painting to while away the hours.

Maybe soon we will be able to get back to some golf!

Stay safe wherever you may be and lets all look forward to travel in the future.

All the best

Brian

Portofino – An Italian gem!

This month just one painting, although a bit larger than normal in size.

 

This watercolour was painted from photos taken when I was last in Portofino a couple of years ago but the light on the water then lingers often in my mind which inspired this recent watercolour.

The painting is 19 inches by 7.5 to give plenty of room for the reflections of the buildings and boats in the bay.

I hope you like it and if you haven’t been to this area of Italy then get planning!

Happy travelling

Brian

PS. Although this painting has been sold there are many more in my shop at

http://www.artfinder.com/brianswatercolours

and at

https://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/brian_tucker_2

maybe there you will see just the item for your home or as a gift.

 

Back to Venice – I wish!

Sitting here in the UK in what is now rather dreary weather, too wet for golf and my mind turns to Venice!

We have been lucky enough to have visited Venice on a few occasions and each time there is some magical new sight to see.

So going back through the many photos I have taken there I realised I have never attempted to paint a watercolour of Saint Mark’s Square, “Piazza San Marco”. So yesterday I decided to have go at it.

Once when we were there there was a bit of flooding in the Square which does happen quite often so I have tried to convey that in this watercolour. I thought I had better say that in case you didn’t notice!

I hope you enjoy looking at it and just to set the scene here are two fairly recent paintings of The Rialto Bridge and The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute as well.

Ah, Venice, oh to be there now sipping a cocktail in Harry’s bar!

Happy travelling

Brian

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Piazza San Marco -A watercolour 14 inches by 10 on Arches Rough 300gsm paper

Della salute

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute on the Grand Canal Venice from the Academia bridge. A watercolour 14 inches by 10 on Arches 300gsm paper.

The Rialto

The Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice. A Watercolour on Arches 300gsm paper.

Painting a little bigger!

All those years ago when I started painting watercolours from our travels around the world I found that small paintings were the thing to try.

Today I still enjoy quick and quite small paintings, even the odd postcard to friends.

Generally my paintings are 12 by 10 or 14 by 10 inches, as that does work for travel very well , and recently I have bought an A4 KHADI watercolour sketchbook for our next few trips.

But recently I wanted to try something just a bit larger, and a little more impressionistic. So I decided to go back to a photo taken a while ago of Florence and this watercolour, 20 inches by 14 is the result.

I am not entirely happy with it , I had a vision in my mind of the finished article which hasn’t quite occurred but I thought I would share it with you.

This view of Florence has thousands of roofs, so the idea was to leave those purely impressionistic whilst highlighting the Duomo and nearby major landmarks.

I hope you find it interesting, and back to more travel paintings in a little while.

Happy Travelling

Brianp1000237

 

 

 

 

I have recently updated my two Travel Guide Books which you can download as FREE pdf files from a page on this Blog.

They are for  The Cote d’Azur and The North of Ireland.

I hope you will enjoy them!

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