ARTmonday: 10 Watercolors of Venetian Interiors by Lee Essex Doyle

If you’ve been following my art posts for a while, you’ll have seen work by my very talented, very dear friend Lee Essex Doyle. Two years ago Boston’s Childs Gallery showcased “Dreams of Dawnridge,” watercolor paintings based on the glam Los Angeles home of artist and designer Tony Duquette. In 2009 I featured her “Postcards from India” series depicting impressions of Indian temples and palaces in Rajasthan, which she showed at Peter Marcelle Contemporary in New York. (I am lucky enough to own two from that series.)

Lee Essex Doyle’s newest show, “Illuminated Moments” opens at Childs Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston this Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 (previewed on Artsy). The works are inspired by Doyle’s recent travels to Venice and Havana. This latest series of watercolors reflect the vibrant light of the two cities. The palette is more pared down than in years past, but the compositions just as masterful and the lines and patterns as intriguing and pleasing as ever. The stairways, with its curlicue railings are invitations to explore and the lanterns and chandeliers are enchanting.

I can’t wait to see Lee and her beautiful paintings in person on Thursday, but until then we can gaze at these . . .

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Study for Palazzo Cini, Venice, 2014

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Prada II Yellow, Venice, 2014

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Prada II Giustina, Venice, 2014

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Cini Panes Grey, Venice, 2014

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Study for Palacio de la Condesa de Revilla De Camargo, Havana, 2014

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Door to Palazzo Polignac, Venice, 2014

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Study for Palazzo Priuli, Venice, 2014

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Study for Scoula Grande Stair, Venice, 2014

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Courtyard, Palazzo Grimani, Venice, 2014

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Study for View across Fondamenta Osmarin, Venice, 2014

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