Early last Sunday morning competitors from all parts of Italy were choosing their views, setting up their easels, arranging their brushes and sorting out their palettes. It’s one of Bagni di Lucca’s big days: the extempore painting competition, now in its ninth year, where in the space of a few hours artists paint a picture related to the multiplicity of beautiful views around Ponte a Serraglio.
(Villa Fiori still looking for an Azure Prince)
The priority, however, above all else was to find a shady and sequestered spot, for the day promised to be torrid – fine if you want to have your paints dry quickly, not so good if you want to keep a cool head!
(Setting up essential supplies – the bar and the seating for lunch)
I’d be quite contented just to be able to paint the lovely bark on this plane tree in the villa’s gardens:
Here are some shots of yesterday’s early morning. By six pm all entries had been delivered, arranged on easels, adjudicated and prizes allocated.
But to know the winners you’ll have to wait until tomorrow!
If you too love painting either creating or just looking at one I hope you had a fine Sunday too. And maybe next year join us at Ponte a Serraglio?
(Morena Guarnaschelli (right) plus assistant.Without her indefatigable enthusiasm this event would never have taken off in the marvellous way it has done.)