Up and ready to go early this morning. I re-packed my bag last night and took some things out, to try and lighten the load. Today we go to beautiful Riomaggiore, the little town that tumbles into the sea.
We head back to the train station, this time it takes about 30 minutes. As we alight from the train I am alerted by a group member to view a huge mural on the wall.
The mural is huge, it depicts the men of the Cinque Terre at work. ‘Men of stones’ , they have hard but serene faces. The land is so steep here, just going for a casual stroll is hard work. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to work the land.
We walk through a large tunnel and come out to a pretty view up up the main street to the mountains in the background. Alvaro goes for a quick walk to find a good spot to paint. Of course lots of steps today as this is the steepest town of the five.
This is our painting spot for today. I am not so sure I like it. Very dark, with that cave in the foreground. I am interested to see what Alvaro does with that. Something amazing I am sure. We are in the shade this morning, that is a relief as I am still feeling the sting on the back of my neck from the sun yesterday.
Alvaro sets to work, this is a very bold painting and I find out I am missing one very important colour, neutral tint. Alvaro uses this colour a lot, it was not on my list. My new painting friend Liz kindly lends me some, I wonder if this will help?
Of course Alvaro makes a special painting of this scene. The sunlight hits the top of the boats in the foreground, the darkest shadows sit behind the brightest white on the top of the boats. Alvaro says create contrasts, lost and found edges and find the negative shapes. My heart sinks, he makes it look too easy. I decide that I need to go to the toilet, we need to buy a drink to go to the toilet as there are no public toilets. It is 11am and Zoe and I decide that Prosecco it is. (Sparkling wine) it is so nice relaxing in the sun.
Unfinished painting, I was happy with the first wash, but killed it with the second wash, using neutral tint for the first time was a new experience, it is a very strong. I pack up and head for home determined to practice washes tonight. We had the obligatory drink at our beach bar in Monterosso before returning to our Villa on the hill.
I am looking forward to tomorrow, a bit sad it will be our last day painting in the Cinque Terre.