Video Archive: Capturing the Magic of Venice in Acrylics with Lynn Stender


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Venice is one of the most intriguing, inspiring cities in the world!
Join me and paint the fascinating city of Venice.  I will demonstrate how to capture scenes from all around the town including quaint canals, architecture, light and cafes.
We’ll immerse ourselves in the spirit of Venice in 4 sessions.  Lynn will send a different reference photo for each class.

Please join Lynn as we enjoy our Virtual travels with our paint brush and canvas in hand.

Piazza San Marco, Venice, watercolor by Lynn Stender


Message from the instructor, Lynn Stender:

Our first class in the Venice Series will be  The Romance of the “Gondola”….

Romance of the Gondola, acrylic by Lynn Stender


Venetian Gondolier with the island of Gan Giorgio in background.

I will instruct you on how to draw the gondola and go over the “anatomy” of this unique means of transportation…since the 11th century in Venice.
I recommend a small canvas,  8 x 10 .
Please add tracing paper and a fine tip black marker to your supply list.  I suggest you print out the photo in an 8 x 10 size so you can place the proportions on your canvas.  (It might be pixelated as its a small file) .
The painting attached is a small watercolor I did on location in Venice, in an atmospheric lesson, to capture the morning fog.  You can paint in this muted palette or use the more vibrant colors in the photo.  Artists choice !! I will demo both….

Suggested Supplies:

We are using Acrylic Paint.   I will go over the color wheel but the basic colors you will need are:  (starter sets are great if this is your first time using Acrylics.)
  • Titanium White
  • Black/ Paynes Grey
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cadmium Red
  • Sap Green
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Purple
  • Viridian Green
I will be working on a small Canvas, 8 x 10 or 11 x 14. Whatever size you are comfortable with is fine.
I use a set of Acrylic Brushes, which include a 1/2 flat, 1/4 flat, 3 rounds, #6, #8, #12.
Please have two containers of water, paper towels or paint rags.
I use a Masterson covered palette with a sponge to keep my paints wet. If you don’t have a palette, paper plates or palette paper pads will work.
There are many starter sets available on line, , or Amazon. Liqutex, and Golden brands have complete sets.

Venice Canal, watercolor by Lynn Stender