Monday, 4 April 2011


This picture came out of the travel section in one of the Sunday papers. I just loved the light and the dome in the background. One of the lessons in one of my watercolour classes was all about light so this was perfect.

We started by doing a light, simple drawing (I prefer not to) and then we did a series of light, atmospheric washes starting with Quinacridone Gold, followed by Permanent Rose and then finishing with Cobalt Blue. All three layers were very watery and the same strength. The Venetian scene almost disappears. It is when one starts applying the midtones over the top that the scene emerges. It was magical how it came to life. The 'Venice' type in the water was an excuse to paint typography and a challenge to blend it in to the water.

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