“Eventide”     Neocolor 2 and coloured pencils. 34.5 x 42.5 cm. December 2019.

Here we are, our first evening in Venice.  We emerge from a labyrinth of claustrophobic lanes to the grand  promenade of Molo.  Before us is a floating world which takes our breath away.

Love at first sight.

The drawing “Eventide” is from that moment of euphoric discovery.  Resting gondolas bob on the high tide, San Giorgio Maggiore perches erect in the distance: elements of Venice juxtaposed, enveloped in blue.


I have made three drawings from the evening of 2 November 2018 (All Souls Day).  They are …

“Deep in Castello” – one of the paths taken on our walk towards Molo.

“Eventide” – as described above.

“A Room with a View”  – the view from a window of our Cannaregio apartment.

Love at first night.





8 thoughts on “Eventide

  1. Ray Wales

    Good afternoon,

    Please be advised that my father Ray Wales, passed away on Saturday 7th December. He was very much a fan of Julie’s.



    Rays daughter

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Dear Katherine, thank you so much for telling me this. My condolence to you and your family. I didn’t meet your father, Prof. Wales, but I remember he bought the drawing “White Maiko” from Gallery East in 2004. Sincerely, Julie

  2. anna warren portfolio

    Ooh delicious – one just falls into the richness of those blues. The buildings float as lightly as the gondolas. There is something very satisfying in the echoing pointy forms, of the front of the gondolas and the distant masts, not to mention the echoes of the mooring posts in the tower. It all meshes so beautifully.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Hello Anna, what I like about this composition are the strong verticals and horizontals. The repeating poles right along the foreground are like musical notation to me. I’m not sure if I registered these repetitive elements when I took the source photo as I was hurrying after Alicia, and didn’t want to lose her. But maybe subconsciously I saw them. What with the yacht masts, the wooden poles, the gondola whatevers(?) and the bell tower there are a lot of lovely pointers. There isn’t a lot of diagonal stuff happening. All those straight-ups and straight-acrosses make for a peaceful feel.
      It took me months to build up the courage to tackle this as I knew it would be a BIG meal – and it was. I had to get myself into a zen state!!


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