Monday, 26 October 2009

Sciacca, Sicily, fishing port with sunny street scene

Entrance to fishing port, early morning
oil on canvas board
24 x 30 cm
painted on location - 7 Oct 2009


Sciacca (prenounced shi-aka), ia a picturesque seaside town built on rocky cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea on the South - western coast of Sicily. It is famous for its many artisan shops which specialize in ceramic ware/tiles, its Thermal Spa complex, and its fishing fleet . There are hundreds of fishing boats, of all sizes and colorfully decorated, that moor in the port. Excited about what I saw, I first decided to make a quaint simple composition of an alley way in the old fishing village, with a play of mid afternoon sunlight(painting featured below). Then the following morning, whilst my colleagues were still enjoying the comfort of their beds, I was out there capturing the early morning sunlight affect on the port. With the moon still in view, the warm hues from the rising sun on the horizon, a soft yet colorful enhancment to the cool blue hues reflecting on the seas surface. Two boats returning with their catch, one boat heading out, with a flock of seagulls following, to pick up any leftovers.

Old street scene, Sciacca
oil on canvas board
30 x 24 cm
painted on location - 6 Oct 2009


A detail of an alleyway in the old fishing village shown on the bottom right corner of the above painting. That pile of lit up greenish/yellow object is actually a fishing net, being dried out.

1 comment:

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the moon painting and I knew that was a fishing net ;)