Last Saturday, I participated in the local art competition, Pittori di strada, here in Ascona. I didn’t win any prize, but I had the opportunity to compete against many talented and also well known artists!
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday. I started the day fairly early. I was in the town square (Ascona Piazza) at about 0830 with a freshly new canvas and palette at hand. There were at least 10 names on the list of participants ahead of me when I got there. At least 3 painters were claiming the best spots in the piazza: under the shade of the big Sycamores.
A long, and challenging day was ahead of me. Nevertheless, painting anything in under 8 hours wasn’t the biggest challenge of my life, but finding the perfect spot to paint on canvas was!
Ascona is a place I’ve called home for about 3 years. Coffees at the piazza,and walks through the stony streets of this city are an every day thing for me. I love this town! Hence, I cannot say I prefer this place over another place in the city.
I went all over the city the day before the competition and settled for the view I painted in the end: the port from bar 7.
I had many visitors during the time I stayed there painting. In fact, a nice gentleman told me I had chosen the same view a famous Asconese artist had painted back in the ’60s!
In the end, we all handed our paintings for viewing. I found it fascinating to see the many variations and interpretations of a one common subject. In fact, no one said it better than the director of the Cultural department: that day was the day when everyone can see the city in a new light and in many different views!
This last picture is the image I ended up painting for the competition. I hope you see now how hard it was to find THE perfect spot!!