My Traveling Sketchbook: Colors of the Cinque Terre

The world surrounding an artist will always work it's way into their process. Whether it's an experience, the color of a flower, your relationship with a friend, or a texture found in your apartment- all that's around you generates new creative flow. At times, I'll see something, eager to wrap my head around it, and immediately bring it back to the studio. But of course, not all of our inspirations are conscious decisions. Not all situations are alike. When you travel as an artist, do you find it to be more difficult... or rather easy to pull inspiration from all that surrounds you?

Spending several days exploring The Cinque Terre left me swooning over the brightly colored houses, steep terrace vineyards, and intricate hiking trails. 

The last several years, my mind has been drawn to subtle, deep colors. Vibrant strokes of color had never interested me in the studio. That is, until now. 

Visiting The Cinique Terre left me breathless, and more in love with the world around me than ever before. At times, it was hard to grasp the alluring beauty and riveting details. An incredibly stimulating place for any artist...

Around every street corner in these cities lies another beautiful color palette, waiting for your indulgences. Each streets' details dance around in the sunlight, longing to be played with. Rich colored houses sit stacked on the hillside, coinciding with the brilliant sea foam that crashes below.  Around every turn lies a prismatic element; beautiful sheets blowing in the wind, flowers blossoming in planters, tile mosaics stretching along walkways. Kaleidoscope colors and character, sweeping through narrow streets of all five cities.

While staying in Monterosso, I was also lucky enough to experience a beautiful hike between the five cities. Stay tuned for some more photos soon.

xo S