Thursday, 30 September 2010


Today Anita booked our trip to Italy for May to benefit from an early booking reduction. Whilst discussing all the ideas over the past week on the phone, thought I'd like to do a painting from my sketchbook. So decided to use two sketches and put them together of when I went to Venice last year. I decided to use acrylic inks on YUPO (well that new Vanguard I have been telling you about available from Jacksons of London).

This is the finished piece, measuring 20" x 8". Gondolas look very dark here, hope you can enlarge and see the detail in this corner.

Here are a few cropped photos as the work progressed.

It was lots of fun as the sky changed colour radically and the darker corner (where the gondolas are) changed a lot in respect of shadow, moving water and the addition of the poles.
Clive reckons the light shows the scene as it would be just before dusk.
I think I might try some more another time from the sketches Anita and I have been doing from the BBC Art programme series POWER OF ART. Nothing like getting the feel for Italy 6 months before you go!!!


RHCarpenter said...

Wow! You and Anita in Italy together, sketching, touring, taking tons of photos! Great for us - and you both :) I like the darkeness of the gondola in this and the light of the domes.

Vicki Greene said...

How exciting. I know that you will have a wonderful trip and looks like you are getting mentally prepared. Terrific painting.

Cathy Gatland said...

Ooh, I'm envious - wish I could join you and Anita in Italy, and what a good idea to practice the subject before you go. I was so impressed with your surfer reflections and sketchbook pages Joan - lovely work!

travelingsuep said...

Great painting Joan. You two are so excited already I cannot image what you will be like come May :D

I like the botanical sketches you have done recently too.

debwardart said...

You will be a pro at outdoor painting by the time you get there. Would love to see that country myself - but will have to be content to wait for your blog posts when you return. You will both be prepared, and that's always a good thing!

Mermaid's Palette said...

These are beautiful- make me want to go back to Venice today! I have a pile of photos we took there, but am nervous about painting them-you have motivated me. I just did a blog post recently about painting postcards from trips- you should make these into postcards to mail back from your trip!

Christiane Kingsley said...

What wonderful plans you have. You will have a great time in Italy. These paintings on Yupo are fantastic!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thankyou everyone for your kind comments. Yes, its a long time before our trip arrives next year, but good to get it at a reduction. Lots of time to practice architecture. 'Fraid can't take YUPO paper out into the streets with me to work wet on wet, they'll just have to be sketchbook pieces. I have just ordered a new handmade 7" x 7" watercolour sketchbook from Karen Jinks like my garden sketchbook but with more appropriate covered fabric for Italy.

Anita Davies said...


Just 221 days to go Joannie! LOL!