What inspires us as artists? Different things for different personalities.
I just took a trip to Tuscany with some friends where we rented a gorgeous villa in the hills above Cortona. I am starting to formulate a collection or possibly several collections based on the huge amount of visual inspiration that the region offered.
We visited several cities, churches museums and wineries, and I was always on the lookout for some interesting themes, patterning, color and simply things I had not thought of. I didn’t realize that there were so many fruit trees in the area.
I took pictures of tiles, landscapes, art in churches and bought a fair amount of research to bring home to work from.
So far I am thinking of a design with olive branches, some landscapes, maybe a wine theme and definitely a fruit design. Or some of the themes may mix and mingle.
If you are thinking of traveling to the area I recommend going the the Eastern part of Tuscany where there are fewer tourists and beautiful towns perched on hills surrounded by magnificent countryside.