This was the second painting I did of this sunrise and the final ‘en plein air’ painting in Venice.
I mapped out the building shape and high horizon line before the sun came up. The portrait format helps to showcase the lovely light on the water. 

I built up the brush strokes like a mosaic of colour putting lots of patches in until it was covered, working quickly as it changed so fast.
Spacing out the yellow chunks of light on the water so they were further apart at the bottom of the board gives a feeling of space. 

It was one of those paintings that painted itself being in tune with the subject, it just seamed to happen! I’m really pleased with the result.