Today is the fourth ‘Colori e Sapori’ painting competition in Ponte a Serraglio. Held each year on a Sunday in early to mid July, artists have their canvas or board stamped at 8.oo inthe morning, then have until 4.00 in the afternoon to paint what they see around Ponte a Serraglio. Top prize is 650euro.
It’s a lovely event and I so wish I have even one tiny bit of artistic talent and could join in, but even so it’s very enjoyable just to wander around and look at the work. I have simple tastes, I rather like a painting to look something like the real life scene, so the one above suits me well! And this one of the Demidoff temple.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to peer over artists shoulders as they work. These I like. I can tell what they have painted, and they’ve painted what they see.
The artists don’t seem to mind the shoulder peering, in fact they don’t seem to notice, but maybe secretly they like that people stop and admire their work, when normally it’s a fairly solitary pursuit. Some went down onto the riverbed, perhaps preferreing a little more privacy.
These two men below were painting up at the Bernabo terrace overlooking Ponte a Serraglio. They were about two metres apart but facing opposite directions so quite different views.
These next three were standing very near to each other. They’ve also clearly painted what they see, but don’t all see it in quite the same way! The second one is most true to life, but I do rather like the jolliness of the last one. The finished picture is also shown, though personally I’m not so sure about the addition of the owl.
For the one above the reason for the odd items maybe that he was clearly painting more from imagination than real life, here’s the work in progress, all these beautiful places to choose to paint and he’s beside a wall!
In fairness though it was incredibly hot today and many of the artists had retreated under the trees. I’d like to think they had at least started their paintings in situ and only fled to the shade to add the finishing touches.
This chap below has definitely cheated though. He has a picture he is copying. but it’s the wrong bridge! He is painting the Ponte della Maddalena or ‘Devil’s Bridge’ which is at Borgo a Mozzano, about 5km away and certainly not visible from Villa Fiori park in Ponte a Serraglio where the competition is based. I can’t believe nobody pointed this out to him! I wonder if he will be disqualified?
But at least he has some green in his hills. Each year I notice the dominant colour is blue. Maybe when packing their paints to bring along the artists think that as they are painting a river they’ll need a lot of blue. But really the dominant colour here is very much green, lush verdant green hills all around. More green please next year!
I started writing this up whilst awaiting the judging. And so now please ignore my ignorant thoughts on green, it seems blue was indeed the wise colour for success. The blue chair painting above was 3rd, the blue church was 5th, and here are the 1st and 2nd places, notice all the blue, and even 4th place has blue hills amongst the yellow. Demidoff temple (above) only had blue sky so 6th!
Of course I hoped someone would have included my house in their painting. But the only one I found was this, and it’s not quite what I’d hoped for! In fact I didn’t even recognise it, my husband had to explain what each building was and which was our house, Villa Rosalena as they are not nearly so clustered together in reality. Oh well!
The competition is organised by a local artists association, entry is open to all for a small fee (15euro, includes lunch) also there’s a children’s competition. http://www.borgodegliartisti.com/