Sunday, August 30, 2009

My first posting

This is my first posting on my art blog. What an intimidating and humbling experience...But, here goes...

 I started teaching myself watercolor painting about 2.5 years ago. Watercolor painting has turned into a passion. I love the transparency, the light, the unpredictable color blending that occurs on the watercolor paper. My favorite inspiration is the city of Venice, that jewel of the Adriatic: after three weeks in that city over the last 18 months, I have hundreds of my own photo references just waiting to be painted. I am currently working on a series of Venice paintings called (not too creatively) "Memories of Venice".

Here is my favorite painting of that series:
Venetian Doorway.
Arches watercolor paper 140 lb Cold Press
W&N and Da Vinci professional grade watercolor paints,
Approx. 14” X 19”
Original in private collection.
 The intricate metalwork, the textures of the crumbling brickwork, the unique green of the canal waters under that very special Venice light…all this fading beauty called to be painted.
This painting was done in a modified poured technique which allows colors to mix beautifully.
Venetian Doorway was recently featured in three groups of Red Bubble. Several other Venetian paintings can be seen on my website.