I grabbed an hour today from more pressing deadlines to process/scan these sketches. It is still May and I am still thinking about Italy!
I have a few more besides this crop to share, too. When? We shall see. It's back to the big stuff for me for the foreseeable future.
Venice is many things. One of them, often, is pink. The lanterns around St. Mark's square have rosy glass in them. And some of the marble in the Doge's Palace is pink, too. I love this pinkness of Venice.
Venice is also very decorated. This I love, too. And the sculpted forms, the capitals of columns especially, are lively, charming, and surprising. Check out the fish heads adorning the capitals in the Rialto fish market sketch in the last post. Check out the herons on the capital here, atop a column of the Doge's Palace.
Okay, so it's not just Venice that is pink. Here is the main square in my favorite hilltown of the Veneto--- Montagnana. It, you will see, is pink. I made it pinker than it is, but that is what art is for.
And now back to Venice again, with the two last sketches. One is of gondolas. You know I had to. And they are not pink.
The rich darkness of Saint Roch's Church is populated with, in addition to magnificent Tiepolo and other Italian master paintings, giant lanterns and fanciful figures atop pilasters in the Grand Hall.Back to painting and illustrating. I should, I HAVE TO, be through with the latter in a few days, so I will come back and report. Ciao!