November 9, 2012

Buon giorno, Venice!

Acrylic on water color paper 7 by 9 inches 

Recently I had a great time traveling  to Italy, we covered quite a lot from Rome, Venice, Sienna to Florence and ended our trip  with a memorable  spiritual experience at the Basilica of San Francesco at Assisi in Perugia.I came back with a lot of pictures taken, hoping to paint, but I do not know  how much justice I am going to make!

One of my childhood desire was to  enjoy a gondola ride and I never hoped that I would hop in to one some day. Here is an attempt to paint the view of  the Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute,(one of the most significant and beautiful landmark in Venice), from the gondola ride across the Grand Canal. I struggled to let go of details, that was the hardest part for me with this painting. Enjoying the view was a moment of joy and dream come true...  the painting time itself was a sort of a healer :-)

40 comments:

  1. Padmaja this is truly beautiful! It speaks more than many words:)

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  2. Stunning, especially love the color of the sky - and yes, I also enjoyed the gondola ride in Venice many years ago...on the whole, Venice is such a beautiful city, steeped in a melancholy beauty

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  3. beautiful painting.. WOWO.. Venice I want to go someday

    it is lovely mam... well done


    Bikram's

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  4. Padmaja!! This is fabulous! And I was thinking that you have wonderful details in this piece and how on earth did you manage them all? Not sure if this is sunrise or sunset but it sure is beautiful. I love the pink in the water reflecting the rising/setting sun's last gasps.

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  5. I really like your choice of colors and the sky is just beautiful. Bravo for your fine work!

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  6. Beautiful Padmaja!! I love your choice of tranquil colours and the sky reflected on the buildings and water!! You've struck an excellant balance between detail and expression! Painting does indeed heal,so keep painting. : )

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  7. This is truly beautiful. Love the Monet style use of colors. The colors are just amazing. Beautiful.

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  8. Very interesting perspective with the gondolas on the right, this is tranquil and beautiful and definitely captures the moment.

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  9. Gorgeous scene and I love your choice of colors. It's enchanting!

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  10. This is stunning dear Padmaja, you didn't let Venice down what so ever ! The sky and the reflection on the water is really great . xx

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  11. Enjoying the view was a moment of joy and dream come true...

    very nice ..

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  12. Excellent!!
    I really envy your trip, and your Gondola ride too.Good to know your childhood dreams got actualised.
    I would love to see pictures of your trip, please send a link to me, that way I can satisfy my thirst for seeing the places described by you.

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  13. beautiful painting and nice journey

    thanks for sharing

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  15. This is stunning. The colors are perfect. Love it.

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  16. Delicate pinks light up your painting! The details of color and scene are impressive :) now you have a wonderful piece to remember your trip by!

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  17. You not only captured the buildings and gondolas beautifully but also the light of Venice. I had a wonderful holiday there some 30 years ago and remember it with much fondness.

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  18. Oh Padmaja!! You did an amazing job with this painting! The pink reflections from the sky is outstanding ..it brings out the building beautifully! I love it!!!

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  19. Such a beautiful scene, Padmaja. I, too, would like to go to Venice and my first thought would be to ride on a gondola, having seen them in most Venice paintings. Just seems like the thing to do. I cannot imagine streets of water. Every home must be full of humidity. I can imagine your frustration trying to simplify the details. You did great!!!!!

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  20. This is a gem of a painting. How you got all that detail is amazing I especially love the sky color with the beautiful reflections.

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  21. This is beautifully drawn and painted and I love the colors you chose.

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  22. Lovely. I went to Italy last September and I think I stood on this very spot! Wonderful.

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  23. This painting has a great warm atmospheric feel, Padmaja!!

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  24. suhc a fantastic paintic Padmaja! Gorgeous colors and interesitgn details create such a dreamy atmospehre full oflife and beauty! Very beautiful!

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  25. Ooh, that combination of colors is so effective! The whole scene is bathed in the glow of the setting (or rising?) sun. It's breathtaking! Your work always brings a special expressiveness to every subject. Well done, my friend!

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  26. Padmaja, this is so pretty! I have yet to visit Italy, so it is a special treat to see it through your eyes. Beautiful!

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  27. Beautiful work. Reminded me of Rome and Florence. It captures the essence of Rome

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  28. Beautiful painting. Colors you chose are perfect.

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  29. This painting shines with your adoration of Venice.
    As all of your paintings, they shine with your emotions and thoughts. Great.

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  30. Really beautiful. Does justice to Venice. And your colors are warm and inviting.

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  31. wowww wowww wowwww can't say a word than this

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  32. Beautiful..stunning..what an outstanding piece..you can truly feel the wonderful vibration shining through in this piece!the color palette is sublime and alive..the soft pinks and touches of blue..the use of light upon light..visually captivating!
    So wonderful for you to visit there..enjoy your memories!
    Victoria

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  33. Absolutely lovely, just like an old master's painting.

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  34. Padmaja, beautiful work. So nice to see what you are up to and to hear of your trip to Venice. Will look forward to seeing more of what you are able to do from your trip. Thanks for visiting the other day and for your kind comments. Happy painting!

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  35. How did I miss this - the colors are sublime!

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