Plein Air Painting in Venice Cat. No. 1363 San Simeone Piccolo
Last week in Venice painting with Kat Ring and Michael Richardson UA . One early morning it was very misty and the green dome of this church opposite the railway station drew my attention. It had a mysterious quality appearing through the mist. I tried to capture the feeling and mood of the scene in front of me. At one point a man who was collecting the garbage from the city stopped and watched me. Then he said to me in Italian are you finished? I said yes. Then he gave me the thumbs up and said to me “enough”, “you have the feeling”. At that point, after about an hour, I knew to stop before overworking it. My best critics are often ordinary people going about their daily business. They know their place intimately and will tell you whether or not you have captured its essence. It’s the visual poetry, or emotional feeling, of a painting that to me is the most important, as well as the abstract quality of the paint on the canvas. It is so easy to lose this if you are not careful (that happens to me a lot). This garbage collector knew his art! 14cm x 14cm, Oil on Canvas (sold).
San Simeone Piccolo in Venice
I painted this opposite San Simeone Piccolo (also called San Simeone e Giuda). This is a church in the sestiere of Santa Croce in Venice, northern Italy. From across the Grand Canal it faces the railroad terminal serving as entrypoint for most visitors to the city.