Venetian House of Gold
watercolor on Arches paper
copyright © Sophia Khan
The Ca d'Oro, or House of Gold in Venice, once gilded in gold with ultramarine blue accents, now stands bare but still striking in its beauty. The colors of this watercolor are an ode to that time, that memory of what it once was, as well as expressing the joyfulness and dreamlike air of this magical city.
Whether we have been there ourselves, or dream of finding ourselves within the place whose images tease at our longing to explore its maze like arms, we know that the city holds something that exists somewhere beyond the everyday words and feelings.
Venice; a city, a life, a culture built on water, is a place of possibility, never ending possibility. We travel there in our thoughts or as travelers to know of this, to taste this, and to return as never before, holding on to this.
Although you may recognize this as a subject I paint often, I cannot steer away from it for too long. The magic of catching a glimpse of this majestic facade while riding along the Grand Canal is one that remains within me. I hope that it will always remain the source of inspiration and possibility that has lead my art in directions otherwise unknown to me.
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