Delicata’s Art Exhibition – 10 artists, 10 barrels…

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit an exciting art exhibition in Valletta. The exhibition was organized by the Delicata winery which is the most awarded winery of Malta with over 100 international awards. Ten artists were collectively exhibiting their so called ‘bettija’rt’, which is an artwork made from a decommissioned wine barrel or ‘bettija’ as they are called in Maltese.

Some of the works explore unconventional techniques such as multi-patterned paintings with shape and line being driving forces. For the majority of artists, the use of color is important and often explosive. In some cases, color has been stripped away, leaving the barrel bare but covered with ingenuity and hard graft. Each finished piece reflects “the joys of wine, art and good living in Malta today and through the ages”. The following artists participated:
Surrealist Joseph Barbara.
Talented painter and model Claire Attard Vella.
Multi-media artist David Xuereb.
Globetrotting artist Caroline Said Lawrence.
Expressionist Carmel Bonello.
Palette-knife virtuoso Francis Galea.
Up-and-coming artist Priscilla Gatt.
Ceramist and painter Donald Camilleri.
Multi-talented artist Sara Pace.
Creative illustrator Zack Ritchie.

Hope you enjoyed this exhibition as much as I did. Cheers!!


Creating an illusion with simple means has been used by artists for a long time and the varieties are many. Here the artist has used plant parts for his composition. The flowers become a woman’s face and the leaves form the impression of a bird. These motifs are found in many variants. Here I’ve photographed two paintings and edited them to get a white background. Wish you all an enjoyable weekend! Love from Malta 💕 🐕The original artist of the woman face is Octavio Ocampo and the painting is called “Mouth Of Flower”.
  The original artist of the bird is Oleg Shuplyak, an amazing surreal optical illusion painter.

Follow me to Valletta…

It’s not often that I visit Malta´s capital but last week I a took the ferry and spent some hours in the city. Valletta is designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2018.Some tourists and one of the public art installations depicting Maltese proverbs.To the left you see the new Parliament Building in Valletta.The architecture of Valletta’s streets and piazzas ranges from mid-16th century Baroque to Mondernism.And the entire city of Valletta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.

Here are some more of the public art installations. You must click on an image to enlarge. It is an exciting city worth exploring. But after a couple of hours walking in the heat it’s time for an ice cream.Republic Street is the main street of Valletta. It is about 1 km long and extends from the City Gate towards the granaries at Fort St. Elmo. It is mostly dedicated to pedestrians, with highly limited vehicle use.Beyond the old Opera house, it’s often crowded with people due to large selection of small shops and cafes. Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist who was killed in a car bomb on 16th October 2017. The memorial located at the foot of the Great Siege Monument has been wiped out more than once. But as activist Pia Zammit said: “They can remove the flowers and candles but the truth remains.”Unlike the main street, most of the streets in the city are narrow, the houses are old in a typical Maltese style.Time to take the ferry back home to Sliema. It only takes a couple of minutes and I think I´ll return quite soon.

WPC Structure

Even an ordinary flower..…has an exciting structure.As well as shown in this close-up of a hibiscus.Structure of a feather. This one is actually not larger than a little finger nail.A completely different but still, a kind of structure. A construction, a creation.

My husband’s secret project. It’s not really done yet… Look at the wings on this little beetle! We easily shoo them away and forget to watch closely.

The last picture is from my archive while the others were taken today.

Weekly Photo Challenge / Structure

Tuesday’s mixed pics from Malta

These flowers got a shower and belongs to one of my favorite colors. So cute and a bit shaggy.Simple art on a bottle of wine can also be an art in itself.Another watercolor, this time with reflections from a house in Spinola Bay, San Ġiljan.


Vilar (125/365)

Skulpturen av Ivar Lo-Johansson finns i Ivar Los Park på Bastugatan i Stockholm medan författaren vilar i sin grav på Skogskyrkogården. Även måsen som oberört slagit sig ner vilar innan vingarna bär till nästa hållplats.

Gräsligt (256/366)

img_1895I ett skyltfönster i Taormina på Sicilien.
Eftersom turisterna är många i den lilla staden är också utbudet stort av alltifrån billigt krimskrams till dyrare konstverk.
Innanför den här butikens dörrar fanns ett stort urval där allt var unikt och skapat för hand. Från billigt smått till dyrt och större.
Den här färgstarka skapelsen kan tyckas vara gräsligt ful, förfärlig, för mycket eller lite rolig, chic, tjusig, eller vad man nu kan tycka.

Tror du jag köpte den ?

Tusen tack för alla era kommentarer och gissningar.
Jo, jag köpte den, trots att maken tyckte den var gräslig, trots att den var dyr och trots att jag är medveten om att jag ibland gör impulsiva inköp som jag efteråt ångrar. Men än ångrar jag ingenting men kan medge att den är lite svårplacerad här hemma och har ännu inte funnit sin rätta plats. I förrådet ska den iallafall inte hamna, där är det redan fullt


Ansikten och uttryck

IMG_1369-PSP-MTycker det är jättesvårt att tolka ansiktsuttrycken på den här kvinnan. Glädje, hysteri, panik, smärta…
Bilden är från Liljevalchs vårutställning under mitt besök i Stockholm i våras. Konstnär Josefin Lindskog.


Förundran och skratt ?? Skulpturen finns i Upper Barrakka Gardens i Valletta. Konstnär Antonio Sciortino. IMG_1828-PSP2Overkligt vackert ansikte bakom masken. Bilden tog jag under ett besök på Fotografiska i Stockholm.
Konstnär Karolina Henke – Royal Mask II Img_9078Från en dansuppvisning i Qormi här på Malta i somras. En vinnare och naturligast bland alla.
Den här pigga tjejen visar utstrålning, smittande glädje och en stor smula stolthet 🙂

Tisdagstema “En utmaning för din kamera varje tisdag”
Veckans tema: Ansikte