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!
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.