I photographed this group just a few hundred feet away from the gelato stand in the previous painting.. Some of my best reference photos are of ordinary people just going about their day, especially when something like a beautiful park bench or brick wall is part of the composition. That is what I love about Europe, old world everything, with a relaxed pace in most parts of where we visited in Italy.
Gelato is a part of everyday life in Italy, and it is so good. This young couple were trying to decide on which of the many flavors that lay before them in this Venice plaza. Usually gelato is found in small street side stores where it is made on the premises. The green one on the left was most likely pistachio...now that totally worked for me.
Walking in the light rain is what we did a fair bit of while visiting Venice, but it didn't seem to matter much. The atmosphere and vitality of the area kept our spirits and sense of adventure very high. We had just come back from Murano where we had visited several glass blowing shops with their adjoining stores. Wow what incredible artisans they have there. One of my favorite pieces was a roughly two foot sculpture of the main figure in "The Scream". You can see all the Murano glass on display in the background.
I loved the opportunities to take candid photographs of people just going about their business. With thousands of tourists visiting Venice every day, there were no shortage of subjects.