Watercolour on 325 gsm fine grain watercolour paper 30×20 cm
W&N tubes – Winsor Blue (Red Shade), Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber (Daler Rowney, in fact!), Permanent Rose

Taken from a photo by Ruth Archer on PaintMyPhoto from whom I have stolen the title. Venice, of course.

Tried again to paint more loosely and not overwork. Made a couple of bad colour decisions which I had to try to eradicate so a bit more work than I intended. All in all came out OK I think and I love my recently discovered blue. Going off my permanent rose though I shouldn’t blame it for my mistakes!!

I paint watercolours and write short stories.

If you would like to pay me lots of money for my stories e-mail me

View Full Profile


  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Lovely watercolor! Love your wonderful capture of light and shadow and the subtle tones! Excellent details!

  • Thanks Angie!

    – ian osborne

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    Don’t know what I can say about your work that hasn’t already been said….it’s just fabulous. I love all the backlighting & all the people milling about. And just the right amount of shapes & squiggles in the building to give the look of ancient architecture.

  • Thank you Marsha, very kind! Great photo to work from!

    – ian osborne

  • rjpmcmahon
    rjpmcmahonover 2 years ago

    Great lively scene this Ian. All the people look great as does the architecture with plenty of detail. Like the way the foreground couple walk you into the scene. Bewt painting Ian :-)

  • Cheers mate. Enjoying trying this looser approach. Feels more like proper painting!!

    – ian osborne

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 2 years ago

    What a great scene, Ian….such an outstanding piece ! you made a superb work with the light (ta marque de fabrique) as always and all the little details on the monument is extremely well rendered….chapeau à toi ! (my hat is off to you !)

  • Merci Corinne. Vous allez bien? Je ne t’ai pas vu depuis longtemps…..

    – ian osborne

  • Val Spayne
    Val Spayneover 2 years ago

    Lovely watercolour and scene Ian. Shadows and light are great. I love your details.

  • Thanks Val!

    – ian osborne

  • Solotry
    Solotryover 2 years ago

    Beautiful light!

  • Thank you!

    – ian osborne

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    I like very much the turn you’ve taken most reasonly with your art Ian, both in content and painting style. Very beautifully painted my friend.

  • Thanks Jim! A real turn in subject matter next if I don’t mess it up!

    – ian osborne

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 2 years ago

    Bonjour Ian ! Non, I’ve not been around for a long time because we have moved house and region lately (we were in the Béarn region and now we are in the Languedoc region).
    Needless to say we have heaps and heaps of things to do in the house. Actually, we complete an attic that was a total wreckage to turn it into a studio for me and my husband and a ‘chambre pour les amis’ ……I hope to finish soon to take my brushes again and I guess it’ll be very, very hard after this long absence. Bonne journée et bisous à vous deux

  • Wow, exciting news Corinne. Hope you are happy in your new home despite all the work! I look forward to seeing your new work. A bientôt!

    – ian osborne

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    March 29th, 2012
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Thanks for featuring Mary!

    – ian osborne

  • Paulina Kazarinov
    Paulina Kazarinovover 2 years ago

    brilliant so sunny and bright!

  • Thanks Paula…always looking for the sunshine!

    – ian osborne

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.