Last summer we were in Rome and Venice. I took lots of reference photos for painting and am only just beginning to work with them. The color palette is a very comfortable one for me and painting these scenes puts me right back in these wonderful locations. The top painting is 12" x 12". The laundry caught my attention as the only sign of life in a deserted piazza on the day we got lost in Venice. Wait, we got lost in Venice every day. The lower painting of the canal is 16" x 20". The photo was taken in a very busy location. I was struck by how the canal was peaceful and quiet. While I
would love the opportunity to paint these scenes on site, there is a lot to be said for the controlled environment of the studio. I find I paint best when comfortable and undisturbed. I have a lot of admiration for the plein air painters, but for now, I will enjoy painting Italy at home. More to come...