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Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy I, Italian Landscape Painting

Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy I

Because "only a lazy guidebook about Italy doesn't quote a sentence said once by Napoleon," chances are many visitors are already familiar with his quote: San Marco is Europe's most elegant drawing room (venice travel website).  In general, I am not really interested in painting famous landmarks.  Instead, I find myself attracted to more mundane scenes: smaller squares, backstreets, local markets, etc. where ordinary people live.

Standing in the middle of the San Marco Square among many other tourists and pigeons, and admiring the sights all around me, I indulged myself as a tourist.  Because I didn't think I'd paint any of it, I was not really in a painter's mode.  Otherwise, I would have been looking for an exciting perspective; I would have been seeing intriguing value patterns or negative shapes; I would have been trying to figure out what colors to use or mix for this building or that.  But the mode shifted when I least expected it.

It had just stopped raining in Piazza San Marco. I dropped my folded umbrella, so I got down to the ground level to pick it up.  And I saw this view, which put me in the painter's mode right away.

Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy I

Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 9.5 x 7.5 in.
Mat/Frame: Yes/No
Mat Size: 14 x 11 in.
Purchase: Sold

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5 Responses to Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy I, Italian Landscape Painting

Rick Nilson
via ktanabefineart.com65 months ago

I was hoping to get that view of San Marco. The pigeons got in my way. I love your watercolors.

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabefineart.com65 months ago

Thank you, Rick. Those pigeons! They are everywhere and so distracting, aren't they? But I heard something about a ban on pigeon feeding at San Marco. Actually, I will miss them if they are gone...

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Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabefineart.com65 months ago

Cathy, I appreciate your visit and kind comment. I post something here on my blog almost every day, so I hope you'll come back often.

abstract painting
via ktanabefineart.com48 months ago

Amazing paintings! I love your art. I hope see more soon

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