Catching Breath in Venice

8 – 10.1.06

Learning from a Master

A daunting prospect
Following giant footsteps
And reputation

Walking in a dream
And looking through Turner’s eyes
With captivation

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Drowning in adjectives!

Incomparable
Majestic, ethereal
Unbelievable

Irreplaceable
Mystical, sensational
Unforgettable!

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Looking back at Canaletto

They’re inaccurate
But entirely convincing.
Paintings come alive!

Walking in oil paint!
Canaletto’s vedute!
Can’t believe my eyes!

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Spellbound, overwhelmed
Eyes filled and spilling over
A life’s wish come true

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Travel Notebook

Scribbled distortions
Inaccurate proportions
Mental absorptions

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Time frozen
In a Blue Lagoon
– It’s Venice!

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Ink black pond skaters
Floating matchstick silhouettes
Crossing a mirror

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Déjà vu? Perhaps
A second coming? Maybe
I’ve been here before

With Canaletto
In magnificent Turners
Many others too

It’s not a stranger
No introduction needed
A friend already

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My notebook practice
‘Edit the inessential’
Not easy at all

Not drawing
Just ‘scaraboti’
Dash. Dot. Scrawl

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Bridge of Sighs

How to bridge the gap
Between site and studio.
Turner did. Can I?