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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Marina


I neglected to put the size of my previous painting, which was 6 x 8. This one is an 8 x 10 oil painting, done in Ballard Park en plein air. What a great time of year in Florida to do this sort of thing. I'm so revved after this workshop, I'm painting an ambitious painting of Venice. It's nice to revisit the best places you've been by putting them on canvas. Small wonder that Sargent spent so much time there. It's a labyrinth of incredible beauty and Old World flavor and is absolutely unique, the tacky reproduction at that hotel in Las Vegas notwithstanding. It's like comparing a delicate rose to a plastic one. And one of Venice's glories is no cars! None of the crazy traffic that's present in other European cities; only in the waterways, and that's just picturesque. Commuters standing, in their suits and carrying their briefcases, in a gondola. Commuting from one side of the Grand Canal to the other. Where else do you go to work like that?