On my trip to Italy, I visited a number of art treasures – the Bernini sculptures in the Galleria Borghese, the Giotto frescoes in Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel, Bellini’s “Baptism of Christ” in Vicenza – all awesome! However one unassuming work of art in Neive, Piemonte was one of my art highlights – it was a superior version of urban sketching and mural painting by local painter, Gabriella Piccatto.
In the middle of town, on a portico wall, resides a mural of Neive taken from a bird’s eye viewpoint. It’s colourful, joyful, charming. As a new student of sketching, I stood in front of it for several minutes, examining the drawing work, the colour choices and painting, and just taking in the “feeling” of the work – vibrancy, energy of the community. It inspired me to “feel” more of my travel journal subjects – I wasn’t always successful in tapping into these emotions.
Here are a few more photos – my photography doesn’t do this work justice. If you are ever in Piemonte Italy, take the trip to Neive (on Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages list, too) and look for this mural.