Got a couple of things from the work Helen did on her visit to Venice in 2001.
First her photo of the gondolier heading down past the Metropol. Being Helen – from a seafaring family – she took it with a group of sailors standing on the footbridge —
Better still – she has just come up with a copy of her coloured crayon drawing of Harry’s Bar where she was when she took the first pic. The bar opened in 1931 and everyone who is anyone inc. Sinatra – Noel Coward – Barbara Hutton – Somerset Maughan – Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway have visited. On one day in particular three Kings and a Queen looked in for cocktails.
Her drawing shows a young cook standing by the doorway. The bar was named after Harry Pickering and the eccentric original owner insisted on the term ‘cook’ rather than ‘chef’ to describe his domestics. The story of how the bar came about is worth a blog in itself – more info here — http://www.harrysbarvenezia.com
That was before she had her Harry’s Bar – famous Pink Cocktail – the Bellini made with Prosecco and peaches. A teaspoonful of raspberry puree gives it the pink shade.
I have used a photo of a copy of Helen’s original drawing for my blog. Her original was handed to her mother-in-law as a present and presumably spent it’s time in her loft. I may be biased but I think Helen’s art is too good to be shut in the attic and one of the reasons we have moved to the seclusion of Bardrishaig on the Isle of Luing is in the hope that she re-discovers her passion for painting and photography.
Finger’s crossed – Don 🙂