Vicenza is only a short 4o minute train ride away from Venice and the history of the two cities are very intertwined. It was therefore really wonderful to return to Venice armed with all my new knowledge of the culture and history of the Veneto (from the Palladian Odyssey Tours) – it gave me a much richer view of the city.
It was also nice to visit the city of the lagoon without the hassle of luggage!
I arrived at 9.30am and left at 7.30pm and had a clear image of what I wanted to sketch – San Marco, Palladio’s three churches, and Santa Maria della Salute – and I had a defined plan of how I would visit each of these buildings. But as it was my fifth visit to Venice, I didn’t really care if I stuck to my plan and was therefore open to going with whatever I felt like doing.
So I had a plan, but no pressure to do anything!
Below is my (incomplete) map of my day and basically I managed to visit all the main places on the schedule.
Well, it turned out to be my biggest day of sketching ever. I filled 22 pages of my A4 Portrait Moleskine Watercolour sketchbook. What??? That’s insane, even by my standards!
So… let’s get going!
Note. I have included my photos taken at the time and also the final version in my sketchbooks.
I was then on a Baroque mission to sketch Santa Maria della Salute – it’s my favourite building in Venice to sketch. I really love the architecture of Palladio and the challenge of sketching it in a loose way, but over the top Baroque buildings suit my sketching style more.
Here is a quick sketch done on the ferry wharf until my view was blocked by passengers.
I wanted to try Aquarius’ Caput Mortuum but it wasn’t the right hue for the Venice brickwork.
You can no longer sit on steps in the piazza (wardens constantly on duty to prevent it) so this sketch was also done standing up between two cafes with orchestras playing. However towards of it a nice waiter let me still down at one of the fancy cafes without ordering. Amazing!
What a fantastic day!
Although it seems as if I was going crazy, the pace for the day was quite relaxed. It’s just that I am sketching more quickly these days (paint-only is a big factor) so I’m able to do much more sketching done.
Another reason for my big output was the fact that it was the first totally solo sketching day of my trip. After 6 wonderful weeks of being around people, I just felt fired up with the freedom to do whatever I wanted!
Have you ever had a day like this?