Venice was incredibly beautiful. The light changed constantly and mesmerized me.

I quickly snapped a photo of this scene while we were hurrying to catch the water taxi again. It's my favorite picture I took on the whole trip and reinforces Linda's three second rule about taking pictures.

The lightest parts of this painting are pure white paper - no paint. I liked how the sunlit walls fasten into the sky area and decided not to define the sky with any color at all. Gosh, Venice glows!

This is painted with fluid acrylics, which are as transparent as regular watercolor when used like Nicholas Simmons uses them. Thanks, Nick, for teaching us!

"GOLDEN VENICE" Fluid Acrylics on 140#CP Arches, 24 x 19"


Lin said...

This is breathtaking, Sandy!! LOVE the colors too!

Dawn said...

You know I love this one!

Deborah Lambson said...

So lovely..the expanses of white convey a pure simplicity that is very appealing. I love the sky~ good call..

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...


I am struck by how simply this is painted, without any of the fussiness we usually see in Venice canal paintings, yet I see the correctness of the architecture and perspective. I feel like I am floating down that canal toward the light! There is much to see and appreciate with this painting. I would have trouble deciding that this wasn't done in transparent watercolor had you not said it was the fluid acrylics. Great techniques here.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

An awe inspiring piece of work - such light, such a feeling of structure in the buildings. All my acrylic ink pots have dried up over the years - but here we go again you've inspired me to buy myself some more as soon as I sell something??!!

Nick said...

You're over there right now? this is killer, like the work of a seasoned painter of Venice, you got the "look"!!