Friday, December 19, 2008

After a rain shower, Venice

This is the first of a series of paintings "inspired" by our trip to Italy last May. I can't wait to go back...not quite finished, still wet.


Anonymous said...

You really are the best in a true American Impressionist spirit!

I have never been to Italy but maybe you could take me on your next trip.

Guy in Snowing Wisconsin

Anonymous said...

I think the sky is indecisive.

Johnnie M.

Rob said...

Thanks guy in Wisconsin. It is snowing here in Upstate NY too. That's why I'm dreaming of Venice. How about next spring for a trip? indecisive sky???...could be, since all art reflects the artist.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rob,

I was at a bookstore today and was holding, "Sargent in Italy". I think your painting is a knock-off of the cover. Perhaps you should use water-miscible oils and throw your painting in the shower to infuse the "still wet" after the shower feeling!

I heard that Twachtman left his paintings outside to "age".
VTY, Comment Moderation

Rob said...

I guess I would have to say (blush), "Great minds think alike."
Seriously, I haven't seen that book, but I have seen enough of Sargent's Italy paintings that I might very well have recalled something of his while working on the painting, just as I might recall Monet when working on a painting of a haystack, Whistler when working on a night painting or Chardin when working on a still life. Hensche used to say, "Nobody is a visual virgin." What counts, I guess, is what we each bring of our own to any painting.

I'll take the shower suggestion under advisement.