Without further ado, then, I will post another of my "Memories of Venice" series, a second doorway. It is called "Venetian Guardian" for the carved head that seems to guard the entrance to this Venetian home. … a four-century old guardian. The crumbling brickwork, the intricate ironwork on and above the door, all of this is typical of the fading beauty that is so unique to Venice. It is inspired from my own photo taken on a rather overcast day...I invented the light and the warmth this time:-)
It is painted on Arches 140 lb CP with mostly W&N and Da Vinci paints and measures about 14" X 19". Until Sept. 20th it is hanging in a two-women show (the two women being my good friend and very talented oil painter, Carol Penny, and myself) at Mariposa Farm, just outside of Ottawa, Canada.
What I like the most about this painting is the top half of the walls where I used the pouring technique: I was happy about the warmth around the carved head and the contrast with the other, cooler parts of the wall. I may redo this painting before long and use a less loose approach for the ornate ironwork on the door and the bricks.
What do you think?Christiane
Venetian Guardian art cards (highest quality)
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