Susan and I once spent a week in Venice during Carnival. We were walking along the Grand Canal near the Rialto bridge when I saw these three Spanish ladies, waiting for a gondola. The gondolier had left and they were just standing on the dock waiting for him to return. They looked so appropriate in their black costumes in the largely black-and-white surroundings.
The strong one-point perspective, the high contrast scene, the architecure of the palaces along the Grand Canal, and the water and reflections combine to make this one of my favorite paintings.
Oil on canvas
24”w x 36”h