Architecture Away from Home

Athlone, Ireland

I have been looking at a lot of architectural images that have been taken on previous trips. I enjoy painting them, trying new brushes and new textures to get the look that captures the feeling of the place. This is Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Athlone, Ireland. Athlone sits along the River Shannon, a very picturesque town. The twin towers are beautiful, even though the bell is missing from one. Painted with palette knives which work great for adding texture as well as blending colors.

Venice Canal

And Venice ~ a pleasure to walk with camera in hand along the canals. Painted with thick acrylic and oil brushes to give some impasto depth to the scene.

Street Scene

Market day in a small town in Italy ~ vendors are out early to set up their stands that offer colorful purchases to those who stroll the streets. Painting with a combination of acrylics and palette knives adding color where needed and removing areas with too much detail.

She Lived Upstairs

Worn stucco and peeling paint always captures my attention. Painted with rough palette knives with a coarse paper texture chosen. A look I would like to focus on more, when time permits.

Paris Apartment

There is so much color to see in the far-away places that I have been lucky enough to visit. And so much history! Our country is a toddler in comparison. I’m certain that the home owners association would not allow orange shutters here! But what a lively entrance to this place ~ full of charm. I will be heading back to France in a few months with Marie Otero ~ we will be hosting another Sold Out workshop in Corel Painter in the South of France. I’m already looking forward to the village architecture, the color, and the people.

Thanks for stopping by.


  • June 24, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Karen Burns - Architecture from far-flung placesReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Stephen Milano - beautiful work – and as a newbie read with interest your info re the brushes etc – can you share what texures/papers too? now realize how important that part is too – want to add to my collection – have some already from you – may even have the ones you used 🙂 but if not might have to revisit store!ReplyCancel

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