Thursday, September 13, 2007

Venice Door, Take Two


Watercolour 7" x 10" /Cartiera Magnani HP Portofino

I think this is better than my first effort but not close to what I was hoping to achieve. I want these Venice paintings to be looser than my usual efforts and I'm really struggling against too much detail. While these narrow canals deliver beautiful reflections they are usually devoid of dramatic shadows.

Next step, I think, is to attempt to copy some of John Singer Sargent's watercolours , before I come back to my own images.

7 comments:

janie said...

both are beautiful, the first has a lovely freshness about it.
This one is more subtle and the atmosphere is much more subdued, probably closer to the real thing, but I must say I love the life in the first painting.

Lin said...

OH HON, THIS IS LOOSE AND GORGEOUS! THE REFLECTIONS ARE PERFECT! My interpretation of the doorway was so stiff -- I didn't like it at all -- but yours -- hon,I can swim in that water!

Joan said...

Lovely job on this doorway. You've captured the Venice of my heart. I'm so jealous!! It is difficult to get shadows in those narrow canals. Most of the time I found the canals were mostly shadows. You did a great job on the brick in this one. Both of them have a lot of character.

mARTa said...

A jewel indeed! I am still drawn to the door and how the 'light' has changed it. I feel I am peeking at it from a gondola that drifts by so slowly that it hasn't even broken the stillness of the water. Brava!

Robyn said...

Thank you all, I'm encouraged to press on with Venice. She presses such emotional buttons with everyone, doesn't she?

"JeanneG" said...

Very nice. I am drawn to the first one. Maybe because of the turquoise door. So glad you enjoyed your trip.

Katherine said...

My goodness - that water is WET!

Lots of good things to see in this one Robyn - I hope you're getting it a frame.

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