6"x 8" Oil on gessoed board.
The painting is based on a photo from my trip to Italy and Greece in 2006. I was so blessed to have been given this trip by my parents. Mom and I went on a Collette Vacations combination cruise and bus trip, taking us to Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Santorini, the Island of Rhodes and Dubrovnik, Croatia, just to name the highlights.
My photos are so precious that I select them to paint from only on rare occasions. I think I'm subconsciously waiting to paint these scenes until I'm a "better" painter, feeling inadequate to communicate what was such a profound experience for me. My time in Venice was a mere half day, just long enough to give me a taste of it's beauty and to fall in love with it forever. This image has been in my "ready to paint" file for three years now and I see this as a study in the future for something larger.