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The essence of Venice in oil on canvas

by Helen White in Painting subjects

Venice painting

As I mentioned in my last post, one of my (four) recent paintings was of a Venetian canal hemmed in by all the haphazard geometry of shuttered windows, porticos, balconies and rooftops. I spent a good portion of last weekend scanning this in sections (its reasonably large), sewing it together and uploading it to my website and so here it is. The original is now on display at The Wey Gallery, Godalming.

This subject is a complete diversion from my norm…but then, if you are a regular reader of my blog or have tripped upon my earlier post Irresistable Venice (or, Why I Just Have to Keep Going Back), you will know that I have a long-standing love affair with the place and so, in many ways, this painting has been hovering in my subconscious, just waiting to happen, for quite some time.  I also found it immensely enjoyable to paint, deeply satisfying to watch as it evolved though various “tweakings” and have had great reactions to it so far so, I suspect, more of this ilk will be appearing in the future – certainly more paintings inspired by the Italian architecture that I love so very much and, with another  trip to Italy on the horizon, I should have plenty of new material.




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