During a summer day the five towns of Italy’s Cinque Terre can be bustling and crowded, but once the day-trippers and beach-goers depart, these towns take on a very different character and energy.
Most noticeably, the pace of life slows tremendously. For example, taking a leisurely stroll with no need to be anywhere becomes a joy – no trains to catch, no tour groups to dodge and dart, and only the scenery (and a bit of window shopping) to distract you. I love this time of day and taking that long pre-dinner passeggiata walk.
Inspired by a photo taken during one of those seaside walks in a much quieter Monterosso al Mare, my latest miniature is “Monterosso al Mare Colour”. Even though I had passed this exact scene earlier in the day on my way somewhere, I had completely missed noticing these blossoming trees and how gorgeous they made this little piazza. But during my passeggiata 10 hours later, I caught it all!
Slowing myself down to match the town’s more relaxed energy was such a gift – in addition to gifting me with a subject for this painting. Now the challenge is to learn to slow down more without needing to be in Monterosso al Mare!
(Original available for purchase now in my Miniatures Shop or at upcoming art events.)