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!
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.