The Castle of Colombaia of Trapani in Sicily

The castle of sea and sun

The castle of La Colombaia in Trapani painted for the #ItaliaGrandSketchingTour

This is a medieval castle, a fortress that protects the city from the enemies coming from the sea. It is known as the sea castle, one of the 5 castles of Trapani. In the middle of the sea, the island was populated since the Greek time. The temple of Vestals was located here, and the doves for the sacrifices were here kept and freed in the sacred occasion. That is where the name comes from: Colombaia means the house of the doves.

Nowadays the building is abandoned, more or less. There are projects for its rehabilitation as a museum but it seems they never get started. People of Trapani really love this place but it seems that the complications linked to the restoration take over constantly.

In my opinion, this structure is breathtaking and it has a huge potential due to the unicity of this place.

Watercolor is a way of life

Spending the time looking at the boats fluctuating in the afternoon light was such a peaceful and mindful experience. Painting the water in watercolor is such a challenging and relaxing experience. Watercolor painting brings me in a place of peace and acceptance, no matter the difficulties.

The water sometimes doesn’t go where you want or you can’t capture the light the way you wish. But you know that it is the moment you are living that matters, and there will be another opportunity, another trial and another step toward your growth.

This is why I love watercolor: you have to constantly face your limits and constantly work on moving one step forward, always accepting the phase you are in and always looking for the courage to make another trial.

For me watercolor is is a way of life: ever changing and overly colorful!

Painting of La Colombaia of Trapani

Title of the painting: “The Castle of Colombaia of Trapani”

This is a painting from the Italia Grand Sketching Tour Collection, a series of original ink and watercolor paintings done on location during my tour to discovery the  marvelous Italian heritage. All paintings are also available as numbered and originally signed prints.

The painting is also featured in the book about my motorbike Italian tour. By acquiring this work you will get to know better Italy also thanks to a personalized story about this place that I will include in the package.

Painting information:

  • Watercolor and ink on white paper
  • Size 19 x 28.5 cm (7.5 x 11.2 inches)
  • Shipped in a box
  • Certificate of authenticity will be sent with the painting

Prints information:

  • Printed on white paper 300 gr, numbered 1 to 50 and signed
  • Size 19 x 28.5 cm (7.5 x 11.2 inches)
  • Shipped in a box
  • Certificate of authenticity will be sent with the print

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