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Over the last few weeks I have been using my Italian holiday photo’s for pattern inspiration.

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Studying holiday photo’s is a great way to re-live a holiday.

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First you examine why certain places, colours, paintings or cultural details inspire you to take the photo in the first place and then soon after the design prompt can be found again.

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I looked up at a lot of ceilings during my week in Florence. Italians used to recline on a dais on the floor and so the ceiling was the most decorative feature of a room. Luckily for us we have iPhone reverse direction mode and so can photograph the ceiling without getting a crick in the neck!

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These ceilings were from the Medici Palace and as soon as I looked up, I could see a repeat pattern calling out for development.

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As I played around with drawings and tracings, I began to see which elements to keep.

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The colouring came from generally soaking in all the colours I’d seen around me – I have quite a strong colour memory and often remember the colours of a place more than the details of names and places – not usually a useful quirk to have!

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There was a lot of faded distemper, crumbling concrete, exposed brick, terracotta rendered house walls teamed with turquoise shutters or a painted door; the wall paintings are faded frescoes from Far Angelico’s painted cells.

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I called this collection Soffito as it literally means a ceiling in Italian and doesn’t everything sound nicer in Italian!

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I’m glad you’re all so enthusiastic about more holiday photos!

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I’m sitting here ready for lunch with a growling stomach so what better pic’s to share than those of delicious fresh Italian food.

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I’m not entirely sure why I love taking endless pictures of foreign fruit and veg!

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I do hanker after having a growing patch in a sunny country to see just how much more I could grow in constant sunshine and how different the food would taste.

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I think I might also be quite happy as an old-fashioned green-grocer if it looked as colourful and exotic as this.

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Of course everything is fresh, fresh, fresh,

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and I can hardly bear to look at this Focaccia as hungry as I am because I remember how good it was.

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I love shop displays of different coloured and shaped varieties of pasta all stacked up,

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and this shop went the extra mile on having an eye-catching display by popping a stuffed boar in the doorway!

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Flavours taste better and colours always look good when you’re relaxing on holiday.

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We found a covered food market in Florence, by accident one day,

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and it was delightful to browse the stalls downstairs and then eat the produce upstairs!

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I love to capture foreign handwriting on signs when I’m away – don’t ask me why though.

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Maybe it’s for future visual reference,

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 or perhaps just capturing a snapshot of ordinary life in another country.

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This van pulled up on market day loaded with rustic baskets of home-grown produce – down from the mountain in the Cinque Terre – I have a little day-dream (idealised I’m sure) of growing veg in the sunshine and selling it all from cute baskets – living the simple life.

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Anyway I’m too hungry to carry on right now – back soon with pic’s of  gelato!

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We are just back from a gorgeous holiday in Italy beginning in Florence.

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 Florence is a city crammed full of art, sculpture and decoration – inside and out. The Uffizi art gallery is bursting with the most exquisite Renaissance paintings that it’s been hard to choose just one to put here.

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But I love the expression on this fair maiden’s face and the rich colours and gold leaf.

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  Some churches wear all their decoration on the outside and others are a plain disguise of the jaw-dropping beauty they hide within.

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Frescos abound (a technique of painting onto fresh plaster so that when the plaster sets, so does the painting).

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The word ‘beautiful’ hardly does them justice – they are masterpieces of execution both in style and in position as they are often very high up and across the ceiling. Time has often faded the once bright colours but I kind of liked the muted tones and have come back with acres of colour inspiration.

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 It was hot, hot, hot in the city and many a gelato (ice cream) got eaten.

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We took an organised day trip out to Sienna, lunch at a vineyard, San Gimignano – a small walled medieval hill town and Pisa.

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It gave us a culture break and meant we could see some of the other sites. Pisa is hardly worth a mention but yes, we do have a load of cheesy photos of us holding up the tower!

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The Tuscan country side was everything I’d hoped for – a patchwork of textured squares of fields broken up with rows of vines and those Cypress trees that are iconic to the area.

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I got my ‘grapes’ shot (tick) but sadly didn’t get my ‘sunflowers’ shot – we drove passed many a field of sunflowers but too fast for a photo 😦 – next time..

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And then we packed up, navigated two trains and took ourselves over to the Cinque Terre region on the Italian Riviera.

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 Cinque Terre literally means The five Lands as there are five villages nestled in the rugged coastline.

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Over time, development has meant that you can now walk between them (if you’re a Olypian in my view! We did a walk from one village to another and that was enough – getting up above sea level meant many, many steps – ugh)

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The region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I believe there is a limit to what colour you can paint your house but that’s no hardship because the palette is wonderful.

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There was colour at every turn, either flowers on window sills, a patchwork of house facades or even a harmonious colour group of washing hanging out (below)!

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We stumbled across this chapel in need of renovation (the area has been badly flooded in the past) but it was charming in its shabby chic-ness.

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  We ate the best fish and chips we’re ever going to get.

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And of course took many a photo of beautiful fruit and flowers.

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 Bougainvillea is a classic but I had never seen this one in red and it looked just gorgeous growing against the grey paintwork.

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I celebrated my birthday with a boat ride and the best pesto focaccia for lunch and then later a sunset meal overlooking the sea.

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 We did swim once but were put off that the locals stood in the shallows fishing out what looked like jelly fish!

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My heart skipped a beat on spying this crochet blanket hanging out to air (it was quite a few floors up or it might have been tempting – naughty!) But how splendid that the shutter and frame contrast so well with the yarn used – perfetto.

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 And then the day came (along with torrential rain) to return home (very damp) with lots of rest had, books read, ice creams eaten and inspiration to savour.

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I really did try to edit my photos here – honestly. I took 1800 over two cameras :0 I’ve got more to show you if your interested? I’ll be guided by your comments, so say if you’d like to see some Italian food, frescos, paintings or sculpture  and I will happily oblige.

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