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Ticino through my window

Updated on September 20, 2014

Ticino through my window - Impressions of Ticinese landscapes

Ticino, the sunniest and warmest part of Switzerland, is not only known for its strong Italian roots, but also for its romantic lake views, amazing hiking paths, tasteful gastronomy products, and extended artistic history. It is no wonder why personages like Paul Klee, Jawlensky, Werefkin, and many other important artistic figures came to settle on the hill of Monte Verita, Ascona.

Anyone who has visited this region would agree that Ticino is a land of inspiration! Hence this is the land that inspired my collection: "Ticino through my window." Ever seen Ticino through through a set of artistic eyes? I invite you to relax, enjoy, and recognize the landscapes that make Ticino a beautiful place to visit and live in!

ticino through my window
ticino through my window

"Ticino through my window," what is it?

An explanation:

"Ticino through my window," is an ongoing collection of about 23 paintings (so far) depicting only landscapes of Ticino.

The idea of seeing Ticino through a "window" came to me, on a trip I made to Avignon, France, two years ago. I had already taken at least 100 pictures of the walls and floors of the Avignon Papacy, when by some fortune I decided to take a picture of the town through an old window. The distortion of the glass had enhanced the beauty of the town, to my surprise! Then I wondered how my town would look through this glass.

I set off to find a portable piece of that same glass once I got home. I found it in Tegna, Ticino. I set straight away to spending many hours hiking or travelling to many of my favorite spots in the Sottoceneri, and Sopraceneri. My new companion: the old french glass.

"Ticino through my window" also pays tribute, in my own perspective, to an important symbol in the history of Art in Ascona, the founder of the Contemporary Museum of art: Marianna Werefkin.

How "Ticino through my window" is done!

Most people I come in contact with think that painting is the beginning of a painting, but it is not. In the first video you will discover a brief description of more or less, where I go to get inspired. The second video is a cartoon I made describing how I made Morning coffee. I hope you enjoy them! Carmen.

Where and how I get inspired.

An exaggerated version of how things get done!

The collection: - The paintings

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Morcote's Arcade.  Depicting the arcade along the promenade of Morcote.  Two ladies can be seen exiting the scene.Morcote.  Depicting the frontlake of Morcote.Jesus.  Depicting the Jesus hanging on one of the walls of Santa Maria del Sasso, Morcote.Afoggato.  Depicting the bar where I first tried the popular Italian drink (vanilla ice cream submerged in coffee).One morning in Gandria.  Depicting a little port in the small town of Gandria.A night in Gandria.  Depicting the same little port in the small of Gandria, only at night time.Red boat.  Depicting a typical boat on lake Lugano, Gandria.San Salvatore.  Depicting the peak of San Salvatore, Lugano.Morning coffee, 1.  A series of 3 paintings depicting the square of Ascona, a popular place to meet for coffee.Morning coffee, 2.Morning coffee, 3.Castagne.  Depicting chestnuts still hanging on the tree branches.Lago Maggiore.  Depicting Lake Maggiore with the mountains around it.Rustico (sulla neve).  Depicting a rustico in Bosco Gurin, in a winter day.Sentiero:  Depicting a hiking trail in one crispy winter morning, with a tree on the right and a red bench in the middle of the painting.The birch trees of Bavona.  Depicting the typical birch tree forests of Val Bavona.The boats of Brissago.  Depicting the port of Brissago.The roofs of Ascona.  Depicting the city of Ascona with the tower of San Pietro in the middle of the painting.To Monte della Valle.  Depicting a trail and the tall grass of the little village of Monte della Valle.Overlooking Cangello.  Depicting the mountains and the valley of Verzasca.Centovalli.  Depicting an outdoor chair overlooking centovalli.
Morcote's Arcade.  Depicting the arcade along the promenade of Morcote.  Two ladies can be seen exiting the scene.
Morcote's Arcade. Depicting the arcade along the promenade of Morcote. Two ladies can be seen exiting the scene.
Morcote.  Depicting the frontlake of Morcote.
Morcote. Depicting the frontlake of Morcote.
Jesus.  Depicting the Jesus hanging on one of the walls of Santa Maria del Sasso, Morcote.
Jesus. Depicting the Jesus hanging on one of the walls of Santa Maria del Sasso, Morcote.
Afoggato.  Depicting the bar where I first tried the popular Italian drink (vanilla ice cream submerged in coffee).
Afoggato. Depicting the bar where I first tried the popular Italian drink (vanilla ice cream submerged in coffee).
One morning in Gandria.  Depicting a little port in the small town of Gandria.
One morning in Gandria. Depicting a little port in the small town of Gandria.
A night in Gandria.  Depicting the same little port in the small of Gandria, only at night time.
A night in Gandria. Depicting the same little port in the small of Gandria, only at night time.
Red boat.  Depicting a typical boat on lake Lugano, Gandria.
Red boat. Depicting a typical boat on lake Lugano, Gandria.
San Salvatore.  Depicting the peak of San Salvatore, Lugano.
San Salvatore. Depicting the peak of San Salvatore, Lugano.
Morning coffee, 1.  A series of 3 paintings depicting the square of Ascona, a popular place to meet for coffee.
Morning coffee, 1. A series of 3 paintings depicting the square of Ascona, a popular place to meet for coffee.
Morning coffee, 2.
Morning coffee, 2.
Morning coffee, 3.
Morning coffee, 3.
Castagne.  Depicting chestnuts still hanging on the tree branches.
Castagne. Depicting chestnuts still hanging on the tree branches.
Lago Maggiore.  Depicting Lake Maggiore with the mountains around it.
Lago Maggiore. Depicting Lake Maggiore with the mountains around it.
Rustico (sulla neve).  Depicting a rustico in Bosco Gurin, in a winter day.
Rustico (sulla neve). Depicting a rustico in Bosco Gurin, in a winter day.
Sentiero:  Depicting a hiking trail in one crispy winter morning, with a tree on the right and a red bench in the middle of the painting.
Sentiero: Depicting a hiking trail in one crispy winter morning, with a tree on the right and a red bench in the middle of the painting.
The birch trees of Bavona.  Depicting the typical birch tree forests of Val Bavona.
The birch trees of Bavona. Depicting the typical birch tree forests of Val Bavona.
The boats of Brissago.  Depicting the port of Brissago.
The boats of Brissago. Depicting the port of Brissago.
The roofs of Ascona.  Depicting the city of Ascona with the tower of San Pietro in the middle of the painting.
The roofs of Ascona. Depicting the city of Ascona with the tower of San Pietro in the middle of the painting.
To Monte della Valle.  Depicting a trail and the tall grass of the little village of Monte della Valle.
To Monte della Valle. Depicting a trail and the tall grass of the little village of Monte della Valle.
Overlooking Cangello.  Depicting the mountains and the valley of Verzasca.
Overlooking Cangello. Depicting the mountains and the valley of Verzasca.
Centovalli.  Depicting an outdoor chair overlooking centovalli.
Centovalli. Depicting an outdoor chair overlooking centovalli.

Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.

— Charlotte Brontë

Visit me at my studio/gallery!

Come see me create a painting or a sculpture.

Want to become part of my creating process? Want to join me in one of the many hikes I make in order to get inspired? Every week I write on my window which days I'm painting indoors (ie, in my studio) and which days I'm working outdoors. Feel free to drop by at Passaggio San Pietro, 6, Ascona, 6612 if you're interested in joining me in either activity.

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© 2014 Carmen Perdomo

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