Sunrise Reflected

“Sunrise Reflected”    Coloured pencils,   35 x 35 cm.   June 2019

As I walked home with Matthew late on Saturday night I said to him that I would definitely NOT get up at the crack of dawn on Sunday (as I had been doing every day so far in Venice) but I would sleep in.  I didn’t want to burn the candle at both ends; I mean, I’m no spring chicken!

“Silent Night” – a drawing from Saturday night when we stayed out late.

However, despite sensible intentions to rest, I flung myself out of bed and out of the apartment before sunrise.  I dashed across the ponte dell’ Accademia and straight onto a southbound vaporetto (water bus).  Just as the boat glided away from the stop and into the Grand Canal the sun was rising.  There before my eyes were the palazzos (and the vaporetto stop) madly reflecting back the sunlight.  It was a dawn chorus of light, a visual symphony on that Sunday morning.

After I took a whirlwind of photos an inspector came to check that I had a valid ticket.  I did.  We exchanged big smiles.  And all was brilliant with the world.


21 thoughts on “Sunrise Reflected

  1. anna warren portfolio

    That light is full of promise for a beautiful day. You are so good at getting that wonderful golden glow of early morning, the beginning of a shiny new day. Those rich colours just bounce off one another, making for a glorious composition. I like this very much!

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Anna, so good to have your comment (both of them). The building shining right behind the vaporetto stop is covered with glass mosaics, put on the facade in the 19th century. I enjoy that I’m seeing something of Venice that Canaletto can’t have seen – ie. the vaporetto stop. This little structure makes the view contemporary.

  2. anna warren portfolio

    How weird! I commented on this yesterday, and now it has disappeared … I came back for another look, otherwise I wouldn’t have known. My comment was about the light, and how it is full of promise. The glowing centre part of the drawing just draws your eye in and fills the viewer with a sense of that fresh beginning to another beautiful day. No wonder you simply can’t help yourself flying out of bed to capture that new day.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Anna, so relieved that I found these beautiful comments of yours, surrounded by the detritus of spam posts! Can you believe that your comments would have been sent there? I’ll check that folder more often from now on.
      I like the idea of ‘full of promise’. That day was so good too. One thing after another led us to finally having wine and cheese at sunset in a courtyard restaurant on the little island of Burano. But come to think of it, every day in Venice has been magical. That’s why I MUST GO BACK AGAIN. Until I do, I’ll keep reveling in the source images I have and making new drawings.

      1. juliepodstolski Post author

        Anna – your third comment came through so perhaps this glitch won’t happen again. Is my sense of magic because I make comments vanish?!

  3. Robyn Varpins

    We are sun worshipers. The light brings life to the buildings, making them glow and shimmer. And it has the same effect on us. Breath taking Julie.

  4. xanderest

    Julie , what a magnificent drawing !!

    I am in awe of your mastery of colour and tone – you make it look effortless , and the interplay of blue and orange /gold is beguiling Ilove it

    Love , Judy .

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Hi Judy, I was working so hard on this in June. That is why I was simply happy to chat at your place as opposed to working on a piece of collage art. I needed the rest!


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