On the Giudecca Canal

On the Giudecca Canal

Great feeling of movement , and like the reflections in the water, just curious as to why we cannot see the prow and the stern? would it not have been a bettr composition?

Thanks, Sylvia. The decision to cut off the prow and stern was a conscious one. I'm interested in compositions which pay respect to the picture plane and by concentrating on bands of colour across the composition I felt that the flat plane would be emphasised (while retaining the figurative element). You'll see from other paintings in the series that this "banding" effect is emphasised even more.

I love this series, and I think this is my favourite. Typical of your "abstract" influences on the composition. You don't only get the shapes right, you get the right colours in the right shapes.

I appreciate you explanation Harry, thanks.....

My pleasure. In fact, explaining why I've done things is very useful to me; get's it clear in my head.

i really like the cropped image look, its as though you are showing a snapshot, great water...chris

Thanks for your comments, Chris.

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One of a series of paintings dealing with passengers on the vaporettos of Venice. Oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 ins).

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