Here’s another in my series of Venice Cityscape. Introduction The architecture of Venice is testament to the fact that it … More
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.
The increase in flooding in Venice is due to the combined effects of land subsidence causing the city to sink, and climate change causing the global sea level to rise. Whenever water breaks through the stone damp-courses that protect most Venetian buildings, it seeps into the porous brickwork. All over Venice, walls are dissolving. Foundations are being scoured out by quick-flowing tides and the effects of wakes from large cruise ships. Is Venice to be the next lost Atlantis?
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.