I spent 2 weeks painting in Tuscany this time last year, staying in an old stone farmhouse. It was perfect weather in a beautiful place. I never got around to photographing or sharing the pictures.
And then it started to rain.
This was the view from the kitchen of the AirBnb. Beautiful anytime of day.
I painted this in Venice behind the State Archive, just by the Frari church.
From my trip to Venice last year. Excavated it today in my semi-successful studio cleanup effort.
Overcast and just before a drenching downpour. This is not far from the apartment I rented for the week in Trastevere.
Here we are on Mardi Gras- no plans to do anything, but in Venice, Carnavale is in full swing. Here’s one from my trip there I hadn’t posted yet.
There’s a lot of history in St Mark’s, a lot of birds, and a lot of tourists!
In old paintings of Venice, Piazza San Marco is full of promenading aristocrats. Now, of course, there are selfie sticks and Indian men selling light up helicopter things.
Even though Venice is seriously threatened by rising sea levels, it struck me that the crowds of people are a lot more ephemeral. Most of them are just here for a few days- St Mark’s Basilica has been here 1000 years. And still, as you can see, under construction.