Subject 6: Venice and the Veneto

In November 2018 I visited Venice for the first time.  I was so taken with this unique and startling city that I visited again in March 2019 for a week.  So I have seen Venice briefly in early winter and early spring.  I am starting a new subject page though at this stage there are not yet many art works.  This is an exciting beginning with my most recent muse.

About Venice Henry James wrote in an 1882 essay, “There is notoriously nothing more to be said on the subject…I am not sure there is not a certain impudence in pretending to add anything to it”.  In answer to those words even if I can say nothing new I hope to interpret Venice as I saw and experienced it.

So far these new drawings are using 100% coloured pencils (no oil pastel).  I am employing a bristle brush (the type usually associated with oil painting) to push the pencil pigment into the paper’s ridges and valleys.  The use of a dry brush helps to give the drawings a soft painterly effect.  (I write about my techniques on my Art Materials page and Brush and Pencil.)

“Early One Morning”

“A Room with a View”

“The Remains of the Day”


Silent Night

Sunrise Reflected

For the small drawing “Summer Rain” I have stepped out of Venice, but not far.  Still in the Veneto, in the town of Verona – from a trip in June/July 2018.

“Summer Rain” July 2019

…and back to Venice again…

“Deep in Castello”.  August 2019