View From San Giorgio Maggiore – Venice, Italy. Simulated Oil on Canvas, 2018. Original photo taken in September 2016.

I’ve spent the best part of the morning today perusing the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art’s collection of etchings by James McNeill Whistler, especially of London, and Venice in the latter part of the 1800s. Apart from having fallen in love with his sketches, and being inspired to begin sketching again, I thought I would take a look through my photos from mine and Bill’s trip to Venice in 2016. In light of the simulated oil paintings I’ve been producing of late, I came across one particular image, the view of Saint Marc’s from across the Laguna at the islet of San Giorgio, that I thought lent itself quite well to the medium of digital paint. I was hoping to capture that timeless quality that Venice seems to have, and to perhaps transport you back in time a little.

Here are a few of Whistler’s etchings of Venice that I particularly like, and I’ve thrown in a Turner painting for good measure. In the Turner painting you can just about see the shaded silhouette of the very same lighthouse above, just to the left of the tower, though captured almost 190 years earlier in 1834.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775 – 1851), Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, 1834, oil on canvas, Widener Collection 1942.9.85

The National Gallery of Art have recently made available their many art collections to the general public. Images can be downloaded from their archives for free and are open to public use. Finally we get to enjoy many of the works of art that seldom see the light of day, which I think is just brilliant, and how art galleries should be conducting themselves in our digital world, in addition to their physical exhibitions.

Ok, I’ve spent too long on this post now…!


9 thoughts on “View From San Giorgio

          1. From what I’ve seen of it, your product is good.
            Perhaps it’s your method—how you are getting it out in front of aficionados?

            I was passing through the Devonport Ferry Blgs once with The Spouse. She’s an artist, and some guy had a display set up and the good people attending his wee soiree had glasses of wine (as we passed) … I imagine that the guy in the white smock with the immensely over-sized beret was the ‘artist’ but we didn’t linger, his offerings weren’t to our taste … but sometimes it pays to hustle.

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            1. I’ll bear the beret and smock in mind… 😉 The wine sounds good too…

              I do appreciate your vote of confidence, Argie, Sir. My biggest impediment however, is having too many fingers in too many pies. I also know from past experience that peddling one’s wares is a hard slog. If it isn’t fun, then I’m somewhat disinclined to participate in something.


              1. The Japanese had a saying to the effect that “The hunter who chases two rabbits … catches neither.”

                For myself I’m with you. I never could hustle …

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