Alan Cotton  
 

Paintings - Venice

Evening Light on the Grand Canal 20" x 16" - 51cm x 41cm
Evening Light on the Grand Canal 20" x 16" 51cm x 41cm
  Moored Boats Near the Painter's Studio 12" x 10" - 30cm x 25cm
Moored Boats Near the Painter's Studio 12" x 10" 30cm x 25cm

“One of the most appealing features of Venice to me is the abstraction of light and colour, created by the reflections of its facades and the movement of its river traffic, which causes these reflections – a kind of magic mirror”

”The things I suppose I have painted most in Venice are these abstracted reflections. In the early morning, before the traffic gets going, there are perfect mirror images of the buildings above, but with movements of water, the colours are broken down into fragmented shards of light."

The End of the Storm 12" x 10" - 30cm x 25cm
The End of the Storm 12" x 10" 30cm x 25cm
  The Fish Market at Closing Time (Drawing on the Canvas)
The Fish Market at Closing Time
(Drawing on the Canvas)

“The buildings of Venice with their stucco surfaces, are decorated with pigments which are of the earth itself and these illuminated by brilliant sunlight and reflected in the canals are, in an abstract sense, one of the most breathtaking things I have observed. In Venice there is so much deep shadow and brilliant light juxtaposed, that it creates images of great drama. Many of the great painters have worked in Venice and it takes a long time and many visits to take on a personal vision. Having a studio in Venice provided long stretches of time to explore, discover and develop my own interpretations."

Reflections in the Old Fish Market 40" x 36" - 102cm x 91cm
Reflections in the Old Fish Market 40" x 36" 102cm x 91cm
  A Sketch by Alan Cotton


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