Acrylic on textured acrylic paper. 40 cms x 50 cms. Private collection.
A self-portrait of a younger me wearing one of my favourite vintage dresses on my first trip to Italy.
A highlight of that trip was a daytrip to Venice.
It was September - the weather was super-hot and sunny and the canals and bridges were packed with visitors, but a friend managed to get a quick snap of me on the world-famous Rialto Bridge - the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal.
A bride and groom went by on one of the pleasure boats that jostled for position in the water below. For a three figure sum I could have hired a gondolier and joined them on the canal - but as that was my entire budget for the rest of the week, I stayed on dry land instead!
An article about this painting, written for 'The Artist' and 'Leisure Painter' magazines' emailed newsletter, appears in the Blog section.