I was looking for my 'waterproof' map of Venice for Alison (like you're really going to fall into a canal like Katherine Hepburn!) when I discovered an old pile of blobby Venice watercolors from days of yore...
It certainly helps to pick up a few post cards whilst in Venice to blob from - your shapes are cut out for you comme ca.
Taking pictures at l'heure bleu/dusk is another way to get your major shapes cut out for you to paint from. Yes that's moi in '97.
Paint in your background blob skyline on top of a wash of gradated colors. Then you can add a gondolier or two in the foreground. Easy peasy.
Canaletto could blob a gondolier with his eyes closed.
So can Huck Scarry in his Venice Sketchbook
One of Scarry's gondolas. Another suberbe blobber is Jean-Louis Morelle.
Blobbing puts you in a meditative state of mind.
I touched up an old beginning this morning by adding some washes to the sky and water.
Then a touchup to the skyline
Thursday I'll be back blobbing up in Maine at David's Fall watercolor class. I need to brushup of my watercolor skills for Paris in October. But first on Wednesday I'll be blobbing for board - giving Rita/Sketchbook Wandering une petite lecon before we scour Portland for macarons and then head up to David's next day for blobbing immersion.
BONNE BLOBBING TO YOU!