If you have been following my blog an dItaly reports lately you are probably wondering if I have vanished or gone under cover in the Abruzzo country side. Neither is the case – it just has been a busy coup,e of days wrapping up the workshop, saying our good byes and making our way back to Rome.
I am sitting in the airport waiting for the flight back home and decided to upload the last of my images for you to see the final outcome of each person’s personal journey into creativity.
Our last day was spent in the classroom exercising our ability to focus to complete or get close to completion with the project on hand.
The change of colour brought keen awareness the autumn season had arrived while we were enjoying creative endeavours. To my delight I did discover several water lilies in full bloom showing off their delicate colours during a brief rain shower.
One by one the worksheet participants completed their work. We tidied up the studio workspace and prepared for the farewell dinner and show and tell scheduled for the evening. Soon we gathered to talk about inspirational starting points, the creative path each one traveled and future goals.
Kristi drew inspiration from a variety of sources. She began by isolating a section from a photograph of ancient pottery in the museum. Her colour scheme was taken from a home, the wooden doors, and distressed walls. She is working toward a triptych incorporating two more abstracted designs.
Lawna was thrilled with her selected theme, an archway leading into a courtyard. She captured the image just days before. After a little cropping and isolating the most important elements she is well on her way to finishing the piece.
Last but certainly not least, Wanda presented her ancient wall with details. She also incorporated recycled materials in a most successful manner. Only a few stitches more and this piece will be ready for framing.
The evening progressed with another authentic Abruzzi dinner when suddenly Chef Pino emerged from the kitchen. Sandra and Gloria by his side, he presented us with our cooking school certificates. Who would have thought that my less than perfect pasta dough would warrant positive recognition?…
One by one we marched up to the front and with warm hugs and cheek to cheek “kisses” we were initiated as graduates!
We called it an early night as everyone still had last minute packing to do. Some of us were catching the early bus to Rome… And that adventure is best left for another post.
Time to upload this post – it’s time to find our gate for boarding. Next time I check in it will be from my studio in Saskatchewan.