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!
PS. Although this painting has been sold there are many more in my shop at
maybe there you will see just the item for your home or as a gift.
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!
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.
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!
What a wonderful City, such views, such enigma, such a great place to go!
I am very lucky as we have been there quite a few times and it never dissappoints.
The crowds in St Mark’s Square may seem overwhelming, but, at almost any time of the day, just a few minutes away is a quiet backwater canal with beautiful bridges, little squares, beautiful Palazzos and waterfront cafes. We have spent hours wandering through these parts of Venice before emerging back at the bustle of the Riva Schiavone. From here walk along the lagoon to Riva Sette Martiri where the whole expanse of that part of the lagoon can be seen.
Over the years I have painted quite a few Venice scenes, but alas I have never been able to have the time to sit and quietly paint whilst there. It always seems to be from photographs.
But this post isn’t about all those other paintings, they can be for another time.
This post is about just that one view across the lagoon from Riva Sette Martiri where you can see the beautiful scene of San Giorgio Maggiore and to the right the entrance to the Grand Canal which is dominated by the Santa Maria della Salute.
These 16 inch by 12 watercolours have been painted in the studio from a mixture of photos from previous visits.
Here are the two paintings of that same scene.
The first on a cool spring day and the second that same scene as sunset approaches.
I will be back there!
I hope you like them.
This January we managed to have a few days on the Cote d’Azur , escaping quite lot of snow and disruption tin the UK.
Although even there we had some rain, we also had beautiful sunshine and some welcome warmth.
We spent one day visiting friends in San Remo and Dolce Acqua, just across the border in Italy. The old towns of both are quite amazing. I have included here one painting from our last visit to San Remo in 2011, but the others I managed to do last weekend. Also there is a watercolour of the view from Villefranche across to Port Passable on Cap Ferrat. We love Villefranche where you can sit at the waters edge and enjoy both the view, and a great lunch. If you are ever there do visit the Chapelle St Pierre at the waterfront. Inside there are wonderful murals by Jean Cocteau.
Back now in the UK, the snow is still here and it is a lot colder, maybe spring will arrive soon!
I hope you enjoy these four paintings.