Venetian Light

Venetian Light watercolour

The Tourist

A few days ago I was watching the film “The Tourist” starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie We were on an plane travelling back from one of my overseas work trips. Most of the film was set in Venice which made it very watchable. It triggered off many memories of our visits to Venice. When I got home, I started to thumb my my way through some of the sketchbook studies I made in Venice. These were from our last couple of stays there in September 2006 and May 2007. The sketchbook itself was actually bought in Venice.


In 2006, Susan and I spent a week in the Dolomites at our friend Nai’s holiday home. We then went to Venice to stay with her for a few days at her home there. It was September, so we were able to take in the colour and spectacle of the Venetian Regatta. Back in the studio I was able to do a series of watercolours capturing the Venetian Light.

Read the story about Nai Here

One of my favourite spots in Venice is around St Marks Square.  I rattled off a very quick sketchbook watercolour of figures set against a backdrop of  low evening sunlight. Using a couple of reference photographs and the sketch, I was able to do this 12″ x 9″  studio watercolour titled Venetian Light.

After watching the speedboat sequences in “The Tourist” I couldn’t resist putting in this photograph of me driving Nai’s son’s boat from a day out in the lagoon.

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