Thursday, 2 April 2009


I do enjoy visiting Venice and I always manage to return with lots of references to work on at home at a later date. The narrow canals always manage to reveal an intriguing composition and the gondolas do suggest movement that is needed.
I have tried to create a feeling of immediacy with this painting even though it has been created from a reference photo rather than plein air. I hope you like this one.


Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Venice can't be a real place, even though it is. Where else could the canals of our fluid subconscious mind run through streets of a city? I think your painting captures the close feeling of intimacy very well. There is no fuss in your style, it is very confident and accurate. I'd say you've mastered the medium. Great painting.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Stephen
Very much appreciated.
I thank you for your valued comment.

John Salmon said...

Two thumbs up Trevor. Excellent.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello John
I do hope you are well. Its very good to hear from you. Thank you for the thumbs up too, thats much appreciated.
Best Regards

laurens.paint.palette said...

Wow! I am impressed by your style. What beautiful paintings!

Michelle Burnett said...

Hello Trevor, Another beautiful painting. I love Venice. You've captured a wonderful intimate feeling with great compostion. I can almost feel the movement of the water!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Trevor, Absolutely lovely. Trevor, I have a surprise for you over at my blog. When you get a chance come on over. Joan

Casey Klahn said...

I love the angle of the canal edges, the lost lines everywhere, and the value plays - very cunning, IMO.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Michelle
You are always encouraging. I do appreciate that very much.
Kind Regards

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Joan
Thank you for visiting . I am so pleased.
Your surprise sounds interesting.
Kind Regards

Sheila said...

Aaahhh Venice. One of those dream vacations on my 'bucket list'. This painting is the next best thing to being there Trevor.

Trevor Lingard said...

Casey,..How honoured I am that you have visited. I value your comments greatly.
Thank you so much.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Sheila
It is so good to recieve your comments. You brighten my day. Get cracking and book that trip you will never regret it.
Kindest Regards

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Lauren
Thank you for visiting my blog.
I am looking forward to following your work. Hope we continue our communications.

L.Holm said...

Beautiful, Trevor! You did capture the intimate atmosphere of the canals --that moist air and magical light bouncing off all surfaces. I can hear the water lapping....

Edward Burton said...

I LOVE this one, Trevor. My wife and I were there last November and we absolutely fell in love with the city. Great composition and very intimate - wonderful.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Liz
Thank you so much for your valued comments.
Kind Regard

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Edward
Thank you so much for visiting. I am sure you have wonderful memories of Venice has I have.
Your comments give me much encouragement.

Michael said...

Hello Trevor Lingard, and enjoy a beautiful watercolor works, greetings! Michael

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Michael
So pleased that youlike my watercolours. Thank you for visiting my blog.
Kind Regards

Mary Paquet said...

Trevor, beautiful. This evokes my three visits to Venice since 1994. You've captured the light and moist quality of the air so well. And I love your gestural drawings of people. Wonderful!

sam said...

Beautifully done Trevor and a lovely sense of movement with the gondola disappearing in the distance. I was trying to work out where you took the photo, but I did spend a lot of time walking around in circles and getting lost! The locals must have a map of the canals memorised! Have a great weekend!

Trevor Lingard said...

Thank you so much Mary.
I hope this painting brought back good memories. Your comments give me so much encouragement.
Kindest Regards

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Sam
Thank you for visiting and your comments which I value greatly. I cant name the place either and like you I have been lost lots of times.
I wish I could loose myself there for ever sometimes.
Best Regards

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Somewhere I've always wanted to go, and your painting makes it all the more sweet.

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Tina.
You must visit it is magical.
Thank you for visiting again.
Kind Regards

Galina Nikolova said...

Dear Trevor,

The world in your works is wonderful. Well ballanced and composed painting. Complimenti!


Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Galina
Thank you so much.
I am so pleased you comment has it gives me much encouragement.
Kindest Regards

Jala Pfaff said...

Gorgeous. Love the water and I also love how you do these minimalist figures. How big is this?

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Jala
Thank you for visiting again and your welcomed comments. Re size.. 350mm x 275mm (quarter imp). Mostly I paint half imp but occasionally this size.
Kind Regards

Jala Pfaff said...

Yikes! What does that mean in American lingo?

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Jala
I assume you mean the size of paper I have used! I have cut from a full imperial sheet of watercolour paper which is(30" x 22")...quarter pieces, each one being 15" x 11".
That is the size of this painting.
The numbers I previously gave you were the approximate metric size of sheet.
I do hope I have explained that more clearly. Please do reply if you require further info.
Kindest Regard

benjaminlois said...

hi Trevor!! i really like it!! is wonderful and that water is in movement, i swear!!! fantastic!!

Jeremy Deveraturda said...

this reminds me of sargent, beautiful :)

David Patterson said...

I just love your Impressionistic style Trevor...just wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting...much appreciated!


Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Benjaminlois
So good to hear from you.
You always give comments that make me feel good.
Best Regards

Trevor Lingard said...

Hello Jeremy.
Your comments are very generous.
So good to hear from you again.
Best Regards to you

Trevor Lingard said...

David it was my pleasure.
Thank you also for visiting and commenting. I do hope we continue to communicate.
Best Regards

Diane Morgan said...

Wow, this is awesome. So much light and movement. Wonderful composition and colors. Love it!