My husband Sam, a traveling aficionado, planned a five and a half month tour of the world, following the sun through the Southern Hemisphere.
As the islands of the South Pacific were new to me, I spent most of my time staring, not painting!
But landing in Tahiti, and its sister island Moorea, brought me back to earth. The tropical greens were lush, the clear water sublime.
The snow cover of Mt Cook in New Zealand peaked through the morning fog. In the cold, I decided to paint from the end of my bed!
The Elephant Camp in northern Thailand offered hot humidity, lending mystery to a quick color sketch. Thrilling travels through Southern Asia and India during February and March kept me behind my camera lens. We traveled too fast to paint until we slowed our pace in Italy.
One morning before leaving Sassi di Matera in southern Italy I unpacked my gear to paint the view from our “room”, an ancient cave dwelling carved into the steep cliffs to the river that had been inhabited by generations of Italian peasants until the mid 1950’s. Their lives were sheltered from numerous conquerors by the depth of the gorge that kept their enclave just out of sight. For my sketch, the deep cave favored ultramarine violet and Turner yellow.
Perugia, in the north, was in full bloom when we arrived. The new growth of olive trees as far as the eye could see prompted me to paint.
The lavender of Provence had just been harvested when we got to France. In painting I am often drawn to the framing, the confines of a window, giving definition to the light of the room’s interior. You will see this reoccurring theme in my Italian work.