Saturday, May 29, 2010

Art Inspiration from Genoa, Italy

My husband and I are joined by a delegation from Detroit at the Waterfront Conference reception dinner the night before we left.

A new friend Rhoda and I head back from and day long shopping trip in Portofino on the Italian Riveria to Genoa in time for dinner.

Transportation safety in Genoa is apparent by the fact that pedestrians do not cross the busy but dangerous streets in Genoa but underground crosswalk filled with murals and art.

Here is another section of the underground crosswalk filled with art.

These underground crosswalks are like mini-art galleries really.

Here is more underground crosswalk artwork.

I loved the tiled sidewalks in the retail section of Genoa!

Portofino was simply breath taking!

More colors and architecture in Portofino.

A mural is stunning inside a Genoa Hotel lobby.

Hi, I just returned from a wonderful trip to Genoa, Italy. I went there to tag along with my husband who was there for a waterfront conference. All I can say is WOW! This beautiful Italian small city sits in the northwestern region of Liguria, is Italy's principal seaport and was a 2004 European Culture Capital. Genoa is a great Italy travel destination and has a fascinating aquarium, an interesting port, and a historic center said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe, with a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums. The city boasts to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

The Genoa portion of the Italian Riviera has several interesting villages, ports, and resorts. Most can be reached by train, bus, or ferry

In addition, I had this great opportunity to tour one of Italy’s Mediterranean treasures Porto Fino, and the finest colors and interiors of this magnificent country.

This trip inspired me to begin to create dolls and artwork that signifies the colors, shapes and sounds of the region.

The Mediterranean palette is rich and diverse as the architectural landscape that inspires it. The colors draw from the buildings, the sea and the sky, flowers, and the olive groves.

I am now wondering whether to make a mixed media series based on this travel or a collection of dollwork. In any case, I was truly amazed at the rich culture and colors that were all around me.

I was very fortunate to be able to experience this rich region of our world!


paperpest said...

Thanks for showing those photos. I remember a few years ago listening to an artist describing how visiting Italy was such an eye opening experience. He was someone who had only painted dark, dreary city landscapes and after visiting Italy, his paintings now were all about what is seen in sunlight.

Sharon A. Keyser-Jackson said...

Beautiful, Sherry! Thanks for sharing. The art is definitely inspiring.