Grand Canal

Grand Canal
Grand Canal, Morning Light


I’ve been busy over the last few weeks finishing off a number of watercolours which will be on show at the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 30th September-2nd October. The latest one to be completed is this one of the Grand Canal in Venice. It’s a scene I’ve painted several times before, both on location and in the studio. It’s a well painted view of Venice. You have to make sure that what you do is well up there with the painting greats.

Accademia Bridge

The painting was inspired by my own studies painted from the Accademia Bridge I also used a number of different photographs taken by myself during my trips to Venezia. I kept referring to the first limited edition print I published of the Grand Canal throughout the painting process. For other limited edition prints of Venice and Italy, go to my website

Since I first wrote this blog post back in 2011, I’ve been fortunate to return to Venice several times. We had a short but wonderful trip in 2018, travelling with our son and his wife. Our son wanted to see the place where he used to live when he was a little boy. I did a number of sketchbook watercolours, including the canal where he dropped his toy cars into the dark waters, never to be seen again! One of the sketches was of the scene which became a handmade card.

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Canal of Cars, Venice. Handmade Birthday Card

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