Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In the Sun

I am usually careful to make sure I am in the shade when I find a location to paint. Today however, I sat to paint and slowly the sun crept up on me. First my feet and then my whole body. I got through about 4/5 of the painting and I had to pack up. I finished the rest of it after dinner tonight. I decided to spend the rest of the day at the beach on Lido and keep cool. I hope you had a cool day too.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Busy Day

I started out painting on one of the bridges just near our apartment. Here I am doing the pencil sketch.

And here is the painting which took me at least 2 1/2 hrs to complete. Maybe I was chatting too much. I met a group of young backpackers and they reminded me so much of my first two trips backpacking thru Europe...such memories. We talked for a while.

After a lunch break I headed over to a vaporetto stop I hadn't been to yet, although I've walked thru this area before. While I was sketching this the two women from the table on the right came over to see what I was doing and just loved that they were in the sketch. They brought the men over to see it too. Too bad they left before I was done.

Then I went walking. Last night I had emailed two friends of mine and said I needed either a foot rub or a pedicure. For some reason my feet get extremely dry and rough here. (TMI!) I found this instead...a fish pedicure. First you wash your feet and then you put them in this tank with these tiny little fish that eat all the dead skin off your feet or your hands. I watched people doing it for about 15 minutes and figured I had to give it a try. They tickled, especially when they get between your toes,

It was a busy...and different day.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Piazza San Marco

I went early to St Mark's Square today and it was a god thing for two reasons. First, they weren't stopping people from feeding the pigeons yet. It is hysterical when the do because the pigeons climb all over the people who feed them. Second, I was able to sit on the steps to paint. The guard came over while I was doing the ink sketch and made everyone get up. Of course as fast as he told people they couldn't sit on the steps, someone a little bit further down would. It is a loosing battle.

Next I sketched a bit directly on ink. I had to get the lady with herbselfie stick.

Later I wandered to find a new afternoon location.

Ciao for now!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Quiet Courtyard

I looked to meander here in Venice down the narrow streets that most visitors never see, like this one. It does overlook the Grand Cana but finding it was not easy.

Last night my husband and I went out to a bar/restaurant that we remembered from the last time we were in Venice and it has piano music which started around 10 pm ... a little late for us, but fun. An Italian guy sings all kinds of Englis, Italian, and French songs. We enjoyed a typical Venetian drink called a spritz.

Music, cocktails and views like this made the night a success.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Behind the Gate

This was sketched from a ver quiet courtyard just near one of the vaporetto stops. I thighs it might be a hotel, but then I saw a man in the garden with what looked like a falcon on his arm. While I was painting several people came over to ask I know where I'm going. Lol I should bring along my iPad whiny has a good program downloaded to it called "". I downloaded the Venice Mao and now I don't need the Internet to use the map. I can type in a location and it shows on the map. It has come in handy several times.

I spent the afternoon at the beach on Lido. I sketched some of the people. The poor lady on the right is out of proportion to everyone else. That sometimes happens when I work directly in ink.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Convent

I would bet that there is a story for many of the buildings here in Venice. I wandered very close to our apartment this morning and found this lovely courtyard. I sat there to sketch and when I was nearly done this old gentleman came by who lived in one of the apartments. He had his shpopping cart and a cane. He came over and said, "Bella!" Then he started telling me the story of the building in Italian. He asked if I understood and I said no. When he realized I spoke English he spoke a bit in the limited English that he Knew. The water cistern which is now covered with flowers is from the 1300s. The building was a convent for a long time and at night the doors would be locked and only the sisters would be allowed inside. At times like this I wish I could communicate in other languages. It would have been nice to understand the rest of the story.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Textured Walls

I am always amazed by the texture in the buildings here. On many buildings there is something (stucco?) covering the brick but it crumbles and falls off in spots. As you go along the canals there is often scaffolding up while repairs are being done. I wonder if the dampness affects it as well as most of the buildings are sitting in water. Anyway it gives me lots of texture to add to my paintings.

I stopped at the Realto Market this morning fo fish and veggies for dinner. I did a quick ink sketch while I was there. I haven't decided if I'm going to add color.