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"In Petto" in Italian is to keep in the breast. A secret of the heart. This is how I feel about Venice, Italy. It was in Venice that I felt real artistic wonder for the first time. That city had more of an impact to my soul than I was expecting. Walking the dark stoned streets at night finding secret spots that have been hidden away for hundreds of years surrounded by the noise of the still water in the canals and sparrows about to sleep on a cold February evening was enchanting. This was the most colorful and imaginative city I have ever had the pleasure to walk in. This is the first of I'm sure many paintings I will make about Venice, Italy. It is 16"x20", acrylic on Canvas Board, I tried to make it as colorful as I remember it. The gondolier is transporting a wide open land of trees, bringing the personality and wonder of carnival into Venice for an extravagant carousal of celebration.
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