Venice: Secrets of the lagoon
Venice is the only city I've visited that has barely changed. When you view paintings from 300 years ago or more, it all looks as it does today. You can view a Canaletto and then 'be' in that painting on your next visit.
This black series is inspired by night-time Winter wanderings through Venice but as with the red, the use of black was not a conscious decision, at least not to begin with. Perhaps for the artist black reflects Venice's decaying beauty: a melancholic Grande Dame, with secrets hidden in the ambiguity of the mask. Or perhaps it is simply the artist's preference for shadows over spotlights, finding a strange comfort in the dark.
Watercolour, charcoal, pastel, gold acrylic on paper - 40cm x 60cm 2017
Watercolour on paper - 2017
Watercolour, white pastel on paper - 2017
Watercolour, gold acrylic, charcoal, gouache on paper - 2017