Saturday, 4 December 2010


Just got back from 5 days in Venice. It was a last minute trip and I joined my friends David Bachmann, Roy Connelly and Paul Rafferty. Ive never been to Venice before but loved it..what a city! It deserves its reputation and has to be one of the most beautiful citys in the world, no wonder its been painted so much! On the downside the weather wasnt great and we had the Aqua Alta to contend with on 3 morning..apparently the highest in 4 years at 1.3m. So there was alot of wading to do. That wasnt to bad and it was really dramatic to see the city flooded. However the stench was disgusting and i literally threw up twice. One other highlight of the trip was satying in Ken Howards studio for a couple of days, which was surreal. I painted a couple of interiors but didnt do it justice. We literally worked from dawn to dark ( not dusk) and doing nocturnes was great fun and something I want to explore further. I ended up doing 23 paintings in 5 days as well as scraping of 3 others..not snapping any more :-) Paul did 28! ....
I also had the flight cancelled which caused alot of grief yesterday but enjoyed flying home club class. Below Ive posted a few from the trip
Salute nocturne 1  8 x 6
San Georgio nocturne 6 x 8
Salute nocturne 2 8 x 6

Fish Market 10pm

The interrupted proposal 8 x 10
Misty Afternoon on the Grand Canal 8 x 10
Winter Afternoon Sun St Marks Square 12 x 16

Sculptural colomn study fishmarket 10 x 8

Venetian horse study 12 x 12
Grand Canal from same spot as Monet and Ken Howard  8 x 10
Gondola Study 10 x 8
Salute door 16 x 12
The Grand Canal from Acadamia Bridge 12 x 16
Ken Howards studio 10pm  12 x 16
Salute 10,30pm   16 x 12
Under the arches St Marks Square 10 x 8


  1. Terrific pictures Karl. Great tonal control. What a productive trip.

  2. Great paintings Karl, like Malcolm says, great control over tone, but I think the first is my favourite.

  3. how exciting karl
    looks like a succesful trip
    you must be exhausted

  4. excellent paintings, i want to make a visit there soon or paris for a few days paintings. Hope your well.