VENICE

What chance to spend a whole month in beautiful Venice. Its an artist's dream! Just imagine all the famous painters, Titian, Tintoretto and Tiepolo who were drawn to this special place and one can see how the Venetians developed the concept of landscape painting. I need to briefly give you a little background history of this unique city so that you will understand the diversity and wealth of cultural influences. Venice faced to what many would seem like huge barriers- living in the lagoon itsel1 What chance to spend a whole month in beautiful Venice. Its an artist's dream! Just imagine all the famous painters, Titian, Tintoretto and Tiepolo who were drawn to this special place and one can see how the Venetians developed the concept of landscape painting. I need to briefly give you a little background history of this unique city so that you will understand the diversity and wealth of cultural influences.
Venice faced to what many would seem like huge barriers- living in the lagoon itself was a challenge. It is a miracle that this city built over water has amazing architectural masterpieces. When you learn about its colourful historical past, you can't help admiring the Venetian courage. In the 5th century, the people who later became Venetians sought refuge from barbarian raids. They fled to the islands of Torcello, Jesolo and Malamocco. These land dwellers stayed and set up home. Venice in fact is spread over 118 islands inside the lagoon and since it was found in 5th century, it had to regularly defend its trading routes from the Arabs, the Turks, and the Genoese. But even though there were many challenges, Venice rose as a major force in the medieval world. Following its bruch with the plague and the sudden murder of the Doge, the late 12th century to 14th century, saw Venice lead the way to a number of legal and financial methods and brought wealth and glory. The arts and leisure activities flourished. However, it was not to last as the power of aristocrats and merchants could not control their authority and eventually eroded the city as a financial and naval power. The legacy is a rich variety of amazing buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Ottoman and Byzantine style.
It was so difficult to concentrate on one aspect to paint, there were so many tempting subjects. Of course, you are drawn to paint the major sights which I did, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs and the view of St George's church across the lagoon.
Finally I was entranced by the movement of water. Visits to Burano and Murano instilled in me an obsession of looking down into the water. I was fascinated to see abstracts in the making! the constant distortion and re-configuration changeable patterns as the ripples flowed.


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