So in an attempt to capture the Venice I have loved and enjoyed over many years I embarked on a series of soft ground etches, before the City I know disappears forever.
Below is an edition of 6 dry point etches on soft ground, of a gondolier on one of the canals in Venice, carrying not tourists, but goods along the Venetian waterways. The gondolier in the etch was on open water on the stretch between Venice itself and the Cemetery of San Michele.
Most of the buildings date back to the 13th and 18th centuries. Venice’s little alleyways create its unique charm. It’s a city labyrinth made of islands, canals, pedestrian alleys and bridges. My aim in this series of etches is to capture the Venice I have loved and enjoyed over many years, before it disappears for ever.
The etches here are the very first print taken from the PVC dry point etched sheet. You can see quite clearly that the lines and edges have produced a lovely full line. I am a real fan of this technique, I think it produces a very romantic finish.