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Venice Canal VII, Venice, Italy Painting

Venice Canal VII
Venice Canal VII

Whenever I get an idea for a new painting, I become so excited and anxious I can't wait to put it down on a paper.  So my drawing is pretty quick and simple.  I draw, with a 4B or 6B pencil, all the main shapes and a few details, especially highlights where I want to preserve the white of a paper.

Then, I gaze at the paper in front of me for a moment, trying to visualize the painting I'd like to make happen.  This is a small but very important step in my process because it makes me aware of the direction I will be focusing on.  Am I still just as excited and determined as before about this painting idea?  If I can honestly yes, I move on to the next step, painting.  If I can't say yes, that's a red flag -- I need to ask myself why and find a remedy for it.  Ignoring this red flag means I will most likely encounter many problems and end up spending more time problem-solving than painting happily and freely.

  Two parts, buildings and the water, make up this painting. I try to establish colors and tones of all the main shapes as much as possible, using a variety of edges.

Time to put in more details, mainly using hard edges and lost-and-found edges here and there.


Venece Canal VII

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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
Mat/Frame: No
Purchase: Sold

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3 Responses to Venice Canal VII, Venice, Italy Painting

Ramesh Jhawar
via ktanabefineart.com62 months ago

Oh...wow!!! Brilliant painting! Also liked your step by step WIP.

Susie Galvin
via ktanabefineart.com62 months ago

Thank you soooooo very much for the recent "how-to's"..I am moved by your paintings...Your talent is quite remarkable.. I check your work frequently...Thanks again...

Keiko Tanabe
via ktanabe.fineartstudioonline.com62 months ago

Ramesh, Susie, thank you both for visiting my blog. I am glad that you enjoyed this post. I plan to show a step-by-step like this again, so I hope you'll come back and see it!

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