Last Thursday, the last day before the closure of schools in Lombardy, I did an art workshop at the primary schools of the Istituto Sacro Cuore in Milan. The title of the workshop was “Painting Milan… to discover it more”. First I told the children how I discovered Milan, showing them some of my paintings. The second, very intense moment was the performance, in which I showed how a work is born from scratch. In the last part of the morning we did a workshop where the children themselves painted Milan from some of my pictures. A beautiful question that emerged was: where does all this creativity come from? I was struck by this question and replied that it is the places I see that each time convey the need to go deeper into them, to look at them better, to discover their secrets more. Because, I always said to the children, in front of a beautiful thing it is difficult to remain still. That same day, in the afternoon, I wanted to review some places I am fond of in Milan, and the wires are still decisive elements today, which speak to me in an ever new and unpredictable way. For today’s painting, a mixed media on paper, I used water-based acrylic, throwing the color on the background in a very direct way, as if it were a water bomb, and then with the black of the tempera I inserted the wires . I am struck by the momentum of these wires in the sky.
Even in the children of Thursday I saw this momentum, this opening, in the midst of the turmoil of this period.
Under the artwork you can see some photos of the art workshop.
Happy Monday and good week everyone!