Venice Painting Practice
I resumed my drawing/painting practice this week for our Spring trip to Venice. The Print Studio at MoMA consumed all of my attention during much of February and the first week in March, pushing Venice down my priority list.
I was concerned that I had no idea how to capture the wonderful patina and aging of the buildings, with exposed bricks and so many age spots. Last week, Kate Johnson, in the videos from the second week of her Strathmore Workshop, demonstrated watercolor techniques that were perfect for me to try and yesterday I did my first painting of a very aged building from one of my 2002 photos.
Cathy (Kate) Johnson is a master of watercolor and author of many books. She is extremely generous with her knowledge and shares so much with those of us who follow her website and blog, buy her books, and take her online classes. I LOVE her free online Strathmore workshop and hope that everyone knows that she is the teacher for March. You can register and access the 4 weekly classes until August.
In this small painting, I used wax paper, dripping, and spatter - with some blotting to try to get the changes in surface texture that I wanted.