Wednesday, 9 January 2013

"A Walk on the Cinque Terre"

Here is the newest painting as seen in the PSWhimsy - Behind the Brush Blog:

"A Walk on the Cinque Terre"
13.5" X 19.5"
Not for Sale

Cinque Terre, which translates literally to "five lands", refers to five small villages in the Liguira region of Italy. From south to north they are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The coastline, the villages and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO world heritage site.

My husband and I have visited the area twice and walked the coastal path between the villages which is an easy walk at the southern end and becomes steeper and more challenging as it progresses northward. The coastline is steep and public access to most of the villages is only by foot or train. It can take hours to hike the entire distance, and then only a few minutes to return by train, but then the train goes throught the hillside rathere than up and down over them. The weather can be very challenging, on our first visit the day started out beautiful but when we got about half way along dark clouds gathered and a thunderstorm with heavy rains produced waterspouts and made the trail very trecherous.

The villages (especially Venazza and Monterosso) were badly damaged by rain and mudslides in October 2011. The picture I used was from before the damage.

"A Walk on the Cinque Terre" is a painting of Manorola, the second town (going north), and as you can see the lower town is filled with boats. It is a watercolour.

I have made a few minor changes to "Masked" and added it to the "My Watercolours" tab.

Thanks for dropping by .........


  1. Hello Gillian,

    A very late Happy 2013 to you and those you love! What a great way to celebrate its start with this blog showcasing your amazing talent (and hard work). Cinque Terre is well named and very beautiful. Your pastel shades bring a "castles in the clouds" feeling that is quite magical :)

  2. I love the colours in this photo - so full of life and enthusiasm even though there are no people in the painting.

    1. I put in only two people, on the left hand side near the boats.

  3. Just lovely. Beautiful capture of a memorable experience.