I'm back in Falmouth for my last term of first year, which is ever so slightly daunting. The three week break away was rewarding; I've come back feeling refreshed and inspired, especially after my sight-seeing packed trip to Sicily with my dad.
It was a wonderful week. We raced around the island in a Fiat 500 with a local Fiat 500 Car Club, relaxed for a day on a Gullet Boat tour of the coast and spent each evening indulging in tradition Sicilian cuisine - a lot of fresh bread, homemade pasta and extra-virgin olive oil doused vegetables.
Our hike up Mount Etna proved to be the best day of the trip, despite it being a challenging climb after an evening of mojito-induced fun the night before...
I've come back home with so many photographs to use as source material for my work. So much so that I'm dedicating my last two weeks in the studio before hand-in day to a new series inspired by the trip and in particular, the landscape of Etna.
I don't have very much time to create new work but I'm hoping that these final days in my studio will be extra productive, thanks to my Italian adventure giving me lots of new ideas to work with. I'm going to work through these ideas methodologically - starting with some line drawings and sketches from my photographs, then having a play around with some collages using the shapes I found in the Sicilian landscape. From these I will start a few small works on paper, leading up to one final larger finished work on board.