“Ascension”        Wax pastels and coloured pencils, 36.5 x 36.5 cm. February 2020

Yes, all the complaints are true; tourists, floods, cruise ships, corruption, commercialization – not to mention that Venice is actually sinking.  It is mortal, as is everything physical.

But look past all that, to the utter beauty, and the spirit.  Her soul soars – as does mine when I am there – embraced by her environment.

Close to Heaven.

12 thoughts on “Ascension

  1. lauraslittlecorner

    What a magnificent bright and at the same times dark blue. The complementary colours sprinkled around illuminate them. Love the muted colours (red, pink and white), they are luminous. All the movement that makes this image live, the light waves, the boat, the lanterns in the foreground, their reflections. These blue are so intense.

  2. anna warren portfolio

    Another beauty! The lamp is a guardian and a guide, bringing the viewer into the velvety, watery scene. The glow from each of the globes is so comforting and inviting. I keep getting the biblical quote – ‘a light to lighten the darkness …’

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      I need this quote of yours right now, Anna, as it sinks in that another visit to Venice in March might not be on the agenda due to coronavirus infections now multiplying in Northern Italy. What to do, what to do?

      1. anna warren portfolio

        For some reason I missed your reply – yes, travel to Europe (or anywhere really) is looking increasingly unlikely. Our trip to London and Spain in May feels unlikely to happen. Very sad.

      2. juliepodstolski Post author

        Hi Anna, loved your letter which I have read just now. I haven’t cancelled the Venice trip but I will in the next couple of days. Matthew and I both feel extremely sad to be doing this. Also there is such a sense of unreality about all of it. Can this really be happening … in the same way that the catastrophic bush fires made us think ‘can this really be happening’? 2020 is a year, so far, of new realities.

      3. anna warren portfolio

        These are strange times aren’t they… such extremes. I feel as though we are on the edge of something. The world is changing, and in ways that we can’t imagine right now. I’m sorry about your trip – I’m pretty sure ours will go the same way. The risks aren’t worth it – even if we don’t get really sick, two weeks of quarantine are such a waste of a holiday!

      4. juliepodstolski Post author

        Well, Anna, we’ve decided to go but not to Italy. We will spend the first part of the trip in Lisbon (as we were going to originally) but then go on to Porto. And after Porto fly straight to Switzerland. It is very sad to miss out on Italy but when one door closes…

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