Venice Opera House Watercolor Painting

During my first painting trip to venice I purchased an opera ticket and went to the famous opera house Teatro La Fenichi. I had never seen such a magnificent interior with all the gilding and carving and the beautiful lighting. This is a painting I did of the grand balcony with the opera buffs waiting for the performance to start. A year or so after I finished this painting the opera house burned to the ground. It took the Italian craftsmen 8 years to rebuild and the new opera house is exactly like the old one. I was there on my last trip to Venice and was amazed and delighted to see Teatro La Fenichi in all it’s glory. Finding something like this for a subject was a wonderful challeng

Venice Cargo Watercolor Painting

In venice everything moves by boat or by foot. This man was a typical workman with his sleeveless t-shirt and straw hat. An outfit worn by workmen only in Venice. The weathered buildings rising up out of the canals are wonderful subjects and the bridges are perfect vantage points for artists. So many artists have painted in this mystical city and it is a particular favorite of watercolor painters. The first time I went to Venice I stayed a whole month and I wondered around the city day after day looking for subjects like this. The best part was getting of the main tourist paths and discovering how the Venetians lived their daily lives. They were curious about my paintings and I got to

Wild Roses Watercolor Painting

A few years ago I started a series of large flower paintings because I new it would be a great challenge and something I could work on along with my other paintings. This one is Wild Roses and it is 40×55 inches. Painting something this large in watercolor meant developing some new techniques which I believe made me a better artist. I was inspired by the paintings of Joseph Raffael and the large waterlily series by Claude Monet. When I painted this I thought of the branches coming out of the large flower like the spokes of a wheel. I can’t look at flowers now without thinking of them as large paintings. “Wild Roses” Watercolor 37X51 unframed, $6000

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