“Rio di San Vio”
I can look at this painting and remember the chilly Venetian afternoon that it was. The patch of sunlight that I sat in while I painted this was warm and happy. My hands were dry and quite chapped. I remember thinking they looked like claws coming out of my warm, leather jacket. But I was so into this painting and nothing could break my concentration…
I believe I painted this on my last day in Venice where I was taking a painting workshop with Louise Freshman Brown & il Chiostro. It was my second time at this exact location and I liked it a lot.
I like the quality of light in this painting. I painted this on hot press paper which adds to the overall loose feel of the work. The white of the paper is preserved well and helps build the composition architecturally. There is a lot of play with the shadows and I recall this is what attracted me to the scene in the beginning.
This is one of my favorite paintings from that trip.