This painting was supposed to be a sketch... but I found myself mesmerized by trying to capture the shimmer of the water, and then I had to bring the rest of the painting up to nearly the same degree of finish, and I had a painting. Originally simply called 'Gondolier', but, with the main focus on the water, I simply had to change the name.
It is a milepost-painting, for me. The water shimmers just exactly as I wanted it too, and I used Monet's method of weaving many colours of the same value to create this effect.
Still not up to speed with blogging after a lazy summer, but the 'car' has started and is rolling, if slowly.