An Artist’s Venice

June 5, 2012 / Local Interest
Venice, Veneto
You are wandering mapless through the maze of narrow, winding Venetian streets and passages, hopelessly lost but enjoying the adventure. Suddenly, without warning, you find yourself in a lovely piazza or courtyard, dazzled by the sudden burst of light and color.

Looking upwards, you see tier upon tier of window boxes and balconies, flowers and vines spilling out and down or climbing up rose tinted, worn brick walls.

Of course the ancient marble framed windows are themselves works of art (Venice being Venice), and the result is a painter’s or photographer’s dream.

Add to that the faces peering out, the cats preening themselves charmingly on the marble ledges, the washings draped picturesquely across the narrow spaces: this is a city of layers and hidden treasures. Making you forget for a while the familiar Venice of watery repute.

Patricia Glee Smith

by Patricia Glee Smith

Accomplished artist and very involved archaeology aficionado based in Otricoli, Umbria. Click here to view her artwork.

51 Responses to “An Artist’s Venice”

    • Pat Smith
      Pat Smith

      Evanne: I couldn’t choose. I could spend my life looking at details in Venice!

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  1. Bella! I will be in Venice next week. The timing of this was perfect. I will be sure to look up!!!

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  2. Gorgeous! A real artist’s perspective. You were really busy during your time in Venezia!

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  3. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    Spectacular fotos of the other side of Venezia,ringraziarvi non è sufficiente

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  4. Rosemary

    Bellissimi! One of my favorite memories of Italy! Something so magical about the freshness of the flowers against these timeless walls!

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  5. Beautiful. I just love the warm ochre of the stone walls and the pink blush or golden tones of the render. It doesn’t even seem to matter if the walls are crumbling a little – it just adds to the charm. Thank you for sharing these wonderful images.

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  6. joanne

    absolutely beautiful — have been to tuscany twice and on our next trip (hopefully next year) we plan to visit venice and umbria in the fall of 2013 — I love the Italy I have seen so far and would love to spend several months there –

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  7. Gian Banchero

    Years ago having been enamored by the flower window boxes in Italy I brought back to the States different varieties of geranium cuttings from Genova, Torino and Milano, all the cuttings being about four inches long; from them I now have “hedges of Italy” at a few windows around my house. Thank you Patricia for the gallery of photos, every one of them is worthy of framing, beautiful.

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  8. Bob Lemon

    The photos are nice. A little more narrative content would
    create a pleasant balance.

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    • Pat Smith
      Pat Smith

      Hi Bob,
      I’m a painter! And there’s not much to say about the windows. If I were Henry James, I would have invented a story. I just observe.

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  9. Mary Anne Roller

    I loved Venice! We visited there for the first time the last week of May. One day we had lunch over looking a canal, & yes there were window boxes there as well.

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  10. Really enjoyed seeing Venice in this piece. Have been there four times painting and always enjoy it’s people and locations.
    Joel

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  11. Have you read my novel, “Vivaldi’s Virgins”? I am, as I’m sure you can understand, completely entranced by your photos! Grazie mille!

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  12. Miriam Raubvogel

    Venice,always magnificent..so glad I saw it more than once…in my youth,then with my husband in the 70’s and last trip in 2004..It is a magical place..M.R.

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  13. Gloria Williams

    Love the architecture, the flowers, the colors, the angles — can see Commissario Brunetti and his family enjoying a lunch on one of these.
    Thank you for sharing – windows and balconies so much more gorgeous than I was able to spy when there.

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  14. Thank you, for adding sun to my day! Also, my compliments on your lovely, lovely artwork!

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  15. George

    Beautiful! And believe it or not, even though a lot of Venetian scenes can look a little generic, I recognize the location of the second photo down, artistvenice22.jpg! A beautiful little corner north of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and west of San Zanipolo. A nice tangled jumbled of canals there. I have a few shots with a panoramic camera that I’ve shot from two spots just around that location.

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  16. stephi singer

    you brought back
    my trip to Venice as though it were yesterday. thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  17. Thank you to my dear friend, Alyce, for reconnecting me with this marvelous website following a ‘hacking’of my previous email. I have been fortunate to have had two marvelous visits to Venezia. I am in total agreement with M.R. that Venezia is “magical.” I am also an artist and am so grateful for these marvelous photos that will continue to inspire artistic endeavors. Mille grazie!!

    Elaine cooper

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  18. I agree with M.R.! Venezia is indeed magical! Thank you so much for this marvelous website…and these inspiring photos to this artist…me!

    Elaine Cooper

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  19. I love that you chose windows as your key to Venice. The photos are lovely and evocative – thanks for the mini-vacation.

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  20. Pat Smith
    Pat Smith

    Thanks everyone, for your comments-it’s wonderful to see so many Venice lovers!!!!

    Pat Smith

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  21. Gabrielle Ellis

    It brings joy to my heart to see so many wonderful balconies adorned the way they should be, Venice has been a favorite for many long years…thank you for sharing.

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  22. Michelle Vaden

    Sigh! It’s only 165 days till I’ll be there again (my third trip since falling madly in love with this wonderful city in 2008…way too late in my life)…I invested in a new camera just so I could get more lovely pictures of Venice. Hmmm, I’ll be there for a month this time…should be lots and lots of pictures to annoy my friends with.
    Grazie for sharing your lovely photos. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
    Michelle

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  23. Therese Jaggy

    Thanks for sharing what you see…. It looks glorious.

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  24. These pictures are worth a thousand words.Thank you for sharing.
    I enjoy receiving The Italian Notebook each day. We have been to Italy four times so far and each time I receive the Italian Notebook I remember my times in Rome, Florence, and Vemice.
    Grazie Mille,
    Claudia

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  25. Angela Finch

    Thank you, Patricia. I may never get to see the real thing so this is as good as.

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  26. Venice is my favorite place – Your photos are spectacular! So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Marianna

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  27. This message is for you, Ms. Patricia Glee Smith. I just went onto YOUR website to see your work–and it totally blew me away!! Your art is absolutely beautiful! As a fellow artist, I can appreciate your technical genius–but also your unique vision of the ‘unsung’ pieces, items, things–that make up our everyday world.

    Thank you for creating such incredible beauty…

    Brava! And mille grazie!

    Elaine Cooper

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    • Pat Smith
      Pat Smith

      Thanks so much, Elaine! As an artist, you know what it means to be appreciated! I also looked at your site and your work is beautiful. Let me know if you come to Italy!!!

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  28. Dear Pat,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Coming from someone of your amazing talent, they were lovely to hear. Italy is my very favorite place and so I hope to return in the near future. I would love to see you and your art–and pay you handsomely for a lesson in painting fabrics as you do! Truly awesome!!

    Ciao!
    Elaine

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  29. John and Mary Curch

    I love to draw and have a number or watercolors of places in Venice. I love the mystery of getting lost and discovering new places each time my wife and travel there. I don’t have a website yet. Thanks italian notebook I
    visit Italy every day.

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