The artist wrote, 'Venice is so much pleasanter and infinitely more beautiful when there is not too much sun. Wet weather brings out the lovely faded colours of the buildings. One is no longer a 'tourist' or treated as such. Venetians become more friendly, helpful and interested - too interested, sometimes. My wife has counted packs of more than fifty surrounding me when painting. I have been honoured by exclamations, over a deft stroke, akin to the 'A-ah!' of a crowd watching fireworks!' (see W. Russell Flint, More Than Shadows, London, 1943, p. 30).