It’s snowing this morning in Italy. A rare occurrence these days in Torino. Magical flakes joining midair, slowly falling, blanketing the Alps. Christmas dreams of youth, come to life.
While we are in Italy for the Holidays, it seems only appropriate to focus this Artwork Monday on Paolo’s work from Italy.
My first pick is a favorite from his Seashores collection, Opportunities.
Paolo created this artwork while traveling through Cinque Terre, Italy. Viewing the Mediterranean from the Cliffs of Manarola, Paolo allowed himself to reflect on life. To dream of the future.
As is his way, Paolo choose words from literature to reflect his feelings. A quote:
“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” Nikos Kazantzakis,
As his wife, it is Paolo’s words I quote, for in them, I always find hope.
“Beholding the Blue of the Mediterranean is a great cure for fear.” –Paolo Ferraris, Artist
Throughout our time together, Paolo and I have consistently return to the shore to find refuge in our hopes and dreams. I’ve written before of being drawn to water, to the ocean and sea. I believe the sea is a renewer of hope.
Paolo’s ability to reflect an emotional connection to water, in a single image, astounds me.
He captures the shimmering hope, of possibility. The tenacious dance of perseverance.
“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” –Sarah Kay
We dedicate this Artwork Monday to those who refuse to give up on their dreams. To those who like us, return again and again to the water, to think and reflect. To dream. To imagine a future defined by hope.
For it is the dreamers who shape hope to opportunities.