We had a great weekend at Artisti al Monte. I set my artwork up on the loggia at Valerie’s house in the beautiful Umbrian countryside. There were lovely views of the Aggia Valley all around, down to Sansecondo and the Upper Tiber Valley and on up towards Gioiello and Monte Santa Maria Tiberina.
In total there were 29 artists dotted around the wonderful landscape where visitors could follow the trail to various sculptors, painters and craftspeople from the area. The largest collection was in Monte’s castle vaults but more could be found in the restaurants, guest houses and local studios.
I spent the weekend sketching on the airy loggia, chatting with our guests, while Valerie sat below making a ladybird mosaic and telling people all about the process. Everyone was really interested, especially the kids.
Fun for the kids
The committee had come up with the great idea of awarding a prize to the child who collected the most signatures. We had an endless stream of enthusiastic artist hunters coming through our doors. The serious side was to help raise funds for this little school to help with trips and equipment, it was fabulous to see the little ones joining in.
Successful art event
This is a wonderful way of bringing the community together and showing off the talents in the area. It proved to be a popular event with picnics arranged, family trips out and lots of people happily chatting in the spring sun. Now in it’s 5th year the Artisti al Monte continues to help the local school, show off its artists and bring people together. What more can you ask from a weekend?
Medieval Gym – Watercolour and ink – 21 cm x 29 cm (For Sale)
“The steady rumbling of the water wheel, turning, turning, turning, working to the beat of the race. The straining of the machine, the thump against the punch bag, the sacks of flour and the groaning, panting and sweating of the work out. Gym day, Thursday is here again. “
The idea came from images I saw of old watermills, simple representations that looked fun to play with. I liked the idea that the waterwheel could also be used as a piece of gym equipment, endlessly driving people on.
The mill machine
So the Medieval gym was filled with a punch bag, exercise bike, medicine ball, wall ladders, pommel horse and a climbing rope. The locker cabinet is based around the Ikea cupboards. The idea is that the gym equipment somehow looks like the wheels and cogs of the mill, so in truth you’d get a work out there whether you went for exercise or as part of your job.
I decided to make the watermill a natural partner with the windmill painting by using the same deep Prussian Blue sky. The dark blues in the watermill are countered by bright orange, browns and yellows to give the picture some colourful visual points.
The style of the water comes from the way traditional stained glass artists would paint water and is one I’d used previously in the painting of Positano
Monte Santa Maria Tiberina 54 x 56 cm
Monte Santa Maria Tiberina (MSMT) will be hosting the 5th Annual Artisti al Monte event on the 13th and 14th of May, 2017. Neal will be taking part this year and will be based at Valerie Zanotto’s house in Pompeo. The turning for this is just past the village of Croce di Castiglione on the road to MSMT.
In total there will be 29 artists, sculptors and crafts people displaying their talents around the area. There are workshops and studios that are open to the public, there is also an exhibition in the Castello Bourbon in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina itself.
Not only are they increasing the awareness of the skills this part of Umbria has on offer, the event also raises money for the local school. This allows the children to take part in lots of cultural and social experiences.
If you’re in the area it would be nice to see you.
Map of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina area – UmbriArt will be at #2 Pompeo