Thursday 19 October 2017

#240 'Mist, St Marks Square, Venice' 8x10"

I wasn't sure how I would tackle the mist but once I had found this great spot and mixed my colours, I really enjoyed it. 

Someone said to me to put colour notes down early on in a painting. Which I have been doing recently, especially in such a tonal painting like this one. I put a patch of the sky in next to the building to give me an idea whether I've pitched both of them right.

I've also been working on reducing the amount of tones I have in the painting down to around 4! Which seams very little compared to what is out there. But it helps with composition and making the painting work as a whole. Can you spot the approximate 4 tonal values in this painting?
The mist was quite thick to begin with and the moist atmosphere made my paints sticky and the pavement was wet as though it had been raining, which allowed for great reflections!

A couple of location shots


  1. You have managed to make every part of the painting seem drenched in mist - totally captured the misty morning. Wonderful!
    The four tones - the dark lampposts/people, the building/pavement and the two tones in the sky. I wonder if I got it right :-)
    And the photograph is great......

    1. Well spotted, yes you are almost right with the tonal values, the sky counts as one - with two colours. Really pleased you like this misty painting, thank you, Clare