Back in the closet again I found "my Venice". Everyone has a "my Venice". It just takes one visit to make suckers of us all and with good reason. One of the most beautiful places in the world no matter if you get your feet wet crossing San Marco, because you missed the wooden boards.
Venice Docks, Watercolor, 4" x 6 1/4"
Venice is the Mecca for all artists, Whistler, Sargent, Turner, on and on. It's heaven and hell for the artist. You always leave wishing you could stay longer. And you pay heaven and earth for some handmade sketchbook, covered in marblized paper and filled with extraordinary Italian handmade paper that you'll probably never have the nerve to use. See above.
San Marco, watercolor, 4" x 12 1/2"
One friend is in Venice right now for 2 weeks before she goes on to Paris for 2 weeks - the best of both worlds. Another friend is going just to Venice for 3 weeks! And she doesn't even paint! This is not fair.
San Marco Sillouette, watercolor, 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
I went back to Venice 9 years ago just for 1 day while I was at the Verona Vinitaly wine fair. It's a short 1 1/2 hours away by train.
Santa Maria Majori, watercolor, 4" x 6"
I was lucky to have an architect student sit down next to me and she was staying in Venice for 3 months. Anyway fortunately for me, she was a bit short of change. I helped her out and in doing so got the best of guides for my very short visit. She knew the history and aesthetics of every palazzo and canal bridge. She showed me the secret Venice.
Venice Melange, watercolor, 4" x 11 1/2"
I went back for 3 days a few years later- not long enough. Then 2 years ago I managed to stay 5 days while the Turner Venice watercolor show was on. This was an unbeatable combination.
Oh and don't forget to take your art materials. They can be quite pricy in Venice unless you want to spring for one of those hand-made marbelized sketchbooks you may never use, but treasure always...to be continued.