Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Venice Door


Watercolour 10 x 7 in Cotman CP Not

I'm struggling to find my Venice palette. This is much too warm and cheerful for my taste. I think I'm a bit closer with the water.

10 comments:

Katherine said...

You're spot on with the water - and I love the wet in wet effect. However I think the brickwork maybe should have a very 'drained'look.

Remember most of what's next to the water gets flooded for several feet during the winter months and I guess a lot of the colour gets leached out.

I've just published today's post which is about visual memory and sketching in Venice - all directly stimulated by your trip - so you get a mention in the first paragrah of How good is your visual recognition memory?"!!!

Lin said...

I JUST LOVE IT!!!!! SOFT AND YET SO WATERY!

Africantapestry said...

I love your water Robyn!! And the door is well done too...it has that typical "drained" look that Katherine is talking about!
Ronell

Casey Klahn said...

Wonderful stuff, Robyn. We all go with you, in heart, on your trip to Venice.

Of course, I would make the palette any color whatsoever, without regard to local color at all. But that's just me! Of course, I would be strict about having enough gray in each color, to kill the intensity where necessary.

I want to recommend Stan Miller's work to you. He is the local master here, who works in Egg Tempura and Watercolor. He trips to Venice annually, and his description to me is that the water is just an opportunity for an abstract area. But, his color use is masterful and right on. I hope his web site portrays it well enough.

Dave said...

Lovely wet-on-wet work on the reflections. I can't really comment on the palette, never having been to Venice myself. :(

Jeanette said...

This is a lovely painting Robyn. I think the water is fabulous but I agree the colours should be more muted and a little dirtier looking to give that aged, damp look.

juj said...

You may not be satisfied with the pallette, but I hope you are thrilled with the drawing itself. It's simply fabulous. The reflection, the peely stucco, all of it. Just marvelous.

Joan said...

Robyn, I like the colors in this. Venice does have some "bright spots" and then there are areas that are worn and have paler bricks. You did a great job on the crumbling wall and the reflections.

mARTa said...

I remember Venice like this...hot, bright..so vivid! I am especially drawn to the water..what lovely effect there and to the door and it's leached out bottom! My heart already is skipping a beat in anticipation of my travels!

Robyn said...

Katherine - Thank you. Your mention was a thrill - I only wish I had something more impressive for show and tell.

Casey - How does Stan Miller do that?! Amazing paintings. In a class of his own, isn't he.

Thank you all for being so generous in your support for my efforts. It's very nourishing.

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