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street scene painting of Venice

Painting of Venice – Via Garibaldi, Castello

street scene painting of Venice
Cat. No. 923 Via Garibaldi Venice – 9in x 12in – Oil on Linen

Several years ago I lived in Venice. I will always have fond memories of the street where I painted this sketch. It is one of the few remaining areas of Venice unaffected by mass tourism where local people live and work much like they always have.

I got to know personally the people in the fruit and veggie stand that was just outside my apartment, the local baker, the butcher, the fish stand vendor, as well as the video rental store owner where I rented videos to learn Italian. The owner was an enthusiastic artistic photographer. Such was daily life on via Garibaldi!

Painting of Venice - Via Garibaldi, Castello 1
Via Garibaldi in the Castello quarter of Venice. A genuine local area of the city.

In this painting I tried to capture the life and feeling of the street, using suggestive brushwork, and a contrast of thick and thin passages of paint. There is also a strong notan design here as well.

Painting of Venice - Via Garibaldi, Castello 2
Impasto brush strokes

I used impasto strokes here to create a contrast in the brushwork and to emphasize the focal areas.

thin washes
thin transparent washes of paint

Here the surface of the painting was built up using transparent washes, letting the imprimatura show up in a few places. I used an almost neutral blue gray imprimatura created from mars black and phthalo blue mixed with Liquin.

Painting of Venice - Via Garibaldi, Castello 2
Impasto brush strokes
thin washes
thin transparent washes of paint

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