Monthly Archives: May 2019

Silent Night

“Silent Night”
coloured pencils, 32.5 x 29 cm. May 2019

Late on Saturday night there are people partying in Venice.  We walk past a hot-spot where there is a silent disco on the campo.  (Silent? Yes, the dancers are all wearing headphones – a surreal sight.)

We continue on our journey, navigating ourselves deep into the peace and quiet of Dorsoduro.

No cars, not even the hum of far-away traffic.  There is a profound silence, broken only by the soft thuds of shoes on stone and perhaps a voice carried on the breeze.

Inevitably we find ourselves lost once again.  But we don’t mind.

“Silent Night” has won an “$800 Award for Outstanding Achievement” in the Colored Pencil Society of America 28th International Exhibition, July 2020.


A friend from America has told me exactly where I was.  The restaurant with outdoor tables is Osteria Enoteca ai Artisti located on Fondamenta della Toletta.  The bridge in the foreground is Ponte della Toletta, and this is looking north toward Rio del Malpaga and Ponte del Malpaga.  (Thank you Sara for your email telling me all this.)