Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Open to the Canal

 Jerry and I were actually flying on Halloween. We went from Venice to Rome and then Rome to JFK. It was a long day. We were up at 5AM Venice time and arrived at home at 11:00PM NY time, which means we were up for nearly 24 hours. So this sketch is being posted a little late.

Give me some laundry on the line and a few shutters and I am a happy girl.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Venice with Procreate

 I worked on this for several days one section at a time. I am slowly getting the hang of some of it. This is the view from the small second bedroom.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

By the Canal

 I was walking along Rio San Trovaso and came across these three ladies. When I first started they were all enjoying gelato but that was gone quickly. I’m glad they stayed in place.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Short Doors

 I’m not sure what this entrance was used for. It didn’t look like that door were tall enough for a normal person to enter. I did like the texture and brickwork.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Flower Shop (Negozio di Fiori)

 Near the Accademia Bridge I came across this lovely flower shop. I did a very nice business. I looked fit the name of the shop but didn’t find it.

My apologies to those of you who have been posting comments, but Blogger isn’t letting me respond to comments. That is so annoying!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

La Salute & More

 My thanks to Tina Koyama for noticing that the sketch of La Salute was missing in yesterday’s post. I guess I got too caught up in the story. Here is the image.

This is a sketch of the Albergo Internazionale which is right along one of the smaller canals. While I was sitting across from it I noticed how narrow the canal was. There were many gondolas coming through and barely enough room for them to pass the waiting gondolas. Twice water taxis came to pick up hotel guests and their luggage. The water taxis couldn’t wait for long since they were on the gondola route. It made for some interesting moments. I loved the bright red and green striped poles.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Rainy Day Sketching

 We have some nice views out our windows. I sketched this the other day and added color yesterday when it was raining out. Staying in for part of the day gave me time to work on this.

I had gone out in the morning to the market and brought home something yummy. There was a nice, colorful plate to use too.

In the afternoon around 4:00 I noticed the rain had stopped. Things were still very wet so my plan was to sketch inside the Basillica di Santa Maria Della Salute. It was built in the 1600s to thank the Blessed Mother for allowing Venice to survive the plague. The center of the Basillica is roped off and there are no pews in the center. Instead services are held in smaller chapels around the perimeter. While I was sketching there was a Mass taking place across the way. I focused on the Altare Dell’ Assunta. The painting, The Assumption of the Virgin Mary over the altar was done by Luca Giordano in 1667.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Il Nuovo Trionto

 Sometimes I come across something unusual in a location I am visiting. I took the vaporetto down to the La Salute stop and walked a little. I came across il Nuovo Trionto, a  95 year old sailing vessel. It is being restored thru donations and volunteers here in Venice. I felt like I was back at the Maritime Museum at home, but the background was a little different.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Canal View

 There are so many views of the  canals down the smaller streets. Love the windows here.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Rialto Fish Market

 Somehow I got distracted and didn’t post yesterday. This was done standing up at the Rialto Fish Market in a small Stillman & Burn sketchbook. When I finished I did my shopping for dinner…gamerones (shrimp) for me and monkfish for Jerry. 

I promised myself that I would do a few sketches on Procreate while I had time in the evening here. Both of these were sketched for the current Scavenger Hunt on creativespark.art.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Ostaria Antico Dolo

 I have passed this Ostaria many, many times while walking to the Rialto Mercado and have wanted to sketch it. There are not as many tourists getting in the way now as during the summer. I was cold and in the shade of a tiny street but was able to do the sketch finally.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Blue and Orange

 Since it was so nice yesterday I took a trip to Burano, one of my favorite islands here. The problem with going there is that is such a long trip. I had to take the #1 vaporetto, switch to the #4.5 vaporetto, and finally the #12 vaporetto to Burano. It took a little over 2 hours each way…but it is such a special place!

The island is know for the lace that is made there and also for the colorful houses. I’ve heard that the owners have to repaint the houses the same colors, but I am not sure if that us true. The houses were painted the unusual colors so that the fishermen could identify their houses as the came toward the port. I hear are all kinds of bright crayola colors. I picked this one to sketch but am adding photos of a few others.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Along Rio de S. Barnaba

 As I was sketching the church bells were ringing. This was a lovely spot along Rio de S. Barnaba. 

As I was retuning to the apartment for lunch this was what the sky looked like. Somehow the rain missed us.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Chilling By the Canal

 I found a nice spot with umbrellas, food, a bridge and some people as I walked in the direction of Fondamente Nove yesterday.

When I finally meandered through the streets and reached Fondamente Nove I decided it was too late to take the vaporetto to Burano, so I opted to sit at a table with a Spritz and sketch some of the people waiting at the vaporetto stop.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Venetian Door on the Canal

 There are so many doors along the smaller canals. You can really see the effect and erosion of the wood at the bottom of this one. Yes, the water sometimes rises that high in the canals…the times of acqua alta (high water).

Friday, October 13, 2023

Arches and Arches

 Up near the Rialto  Mercado is a strip of very old buildings that are presently very popular bars. They area around the other side from this view. They all have wonderful views of the Grand Canal and the gondola station. I was attracted to the back of the bars with all the arches and shadows.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Calle Across the Canal

 Here in Venice I just wander until I find a spot that calls me. Often it is a small street or Calle across a small canal.

My apologies but I can’t seem to post on comments people have made on my posts. At least I am able to keep posting my work. Ciao!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Campo San Polo

 We are renting an apartment in Campo San Polo. I did a composite sketch of vignettes from the area. Most of the squares or campos have fountains. Perfect to fill water bottle or get a drink. The pigeons love it too. 

Below that is a face…part lion and part human over one of the doors.

On the top right is a group of trees that provide welcome shade to those seated underneath.

The sketch on the bottom right is another smaller tree that provides a little shade. Behind it you can see one of the awnings of Trattoria San Polo. We’ve eaten there quite a few times. It is close to our apartment and you don’t have to cross a bridge to get there, and the food is good. That makes it a winner in my eyes.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Rialto Mercado

 When we come to Venice we are usually here for several weeks, so sometimes I cook dinner instead of going out. My favorite places for food shopping are the stands at the Rialto Mercado. There are wonderful stands filled with a great assortment of fruits and vegetables, some of which I don’t see at home. There is also a wonderful fish market that gets very crowded and isn’t easy to sketch. But I will sketch it while we are here.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Canal View #1

 There are so many wonderful views along the canals. All this one is missing is a gondola.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Windows of Venice

 The windows in Venice usually have such character. These are in a small square and above Hostaria Sant’Aponal.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Departing JFK

 On Tuesday Jerry and I started our adventure back to Venice. He wanted to meet with the musicians he has worked with there for many years. Traveling with a handicapped person isn’t easy. There is a lot to figure out and handle differently. I must say that ITA Airlines (Alitalia) was very helpful in providing wheelchairs to get him back and forth to the gates and bringing us his walker too. I think it ended up being a little easier than I thought but harder than he expected. 

We arrived at JFK with lots of time to spare which meant I had sketching time before and after our lunch before the flight. During the first segment of our flight I didn’t have a great view but I made the most of it.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Blue Island Oyster Company

 I was sketching for the Scavenger Hunt on creativespark.art and I needed a spot with 3 or more buildings or structures. The area around Blue Island Oyster Company in Sayville fit the bill.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Inside Sayville Bean

 The other day it wasn't nice enough to be outside sketching so I found a table inside Sayville Bean and sketched some of the customers and the decor.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Downtown Sayville

The other day I parked myself on the corner in Sayville. I like the corner store (Rumplestiltskin Yarns) and the iteresting things they have in their window. I'll have to go back sometime and do a sketch of the window and the yarn and fiber items that are displayed. I sketched a bit of the rest of the block too.


Monday, October 2, 2023


 The Patchogue Sketch Club is back indoors now at the Pat/Med Library. There isn't enough daylight left after our 6:30 meeting time. On Wednesday we had vegetables as a them. It was fun to see some colorful items like the purple cauliflower and the radishes.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Flo's Luncheonette

 Flo's Luncheonette is a location that the Sketch Club and my plein air group both like to visit. But lately the town of Brookhaven has instituted parking meters along the street and parking fees in the lot...and it isn't inexpensive. The Sketch Club decided that we weren't going there any more and aside from one day that I stopped there with a group for lunch, I haven't been there to sketch. I stopped by recently around lunch time but I guess they aren't getting enough business during the week to make it worth while staying open. I think it is still open on the weekends but I'm sure they will be having their final day soon.

I decided to sketch Flo's even though there weren't any people and the umbrellas weren't open. Since the location was so empty I didn't worry about the parking and just sat next to my car and painted.