ROAD TRIP MARSALA

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Maria gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
After Randoza gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Shrine gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Agira gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
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Interior I gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
near Gangi gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Altura gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Madonie gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm

18 Sept Tuesday
Strada di Calabria is hot, dry and dusty

Autostrada in this heat is like an oven
the land is a tinderbox

This drive is longer than you think
workmen salute the car

At Reggio the sea is inviting
There is a commotion here

The ferry
to cross
transgress to another place


Sicilia seems to be cooler

clouds gathering over Etna
I head for Taormina,
drive through/past the tourists

Turn right at Fiumefreddo de Sicilia

At last I am on the SS120, rising, heading inland - a mini epic before me

all curves
into the inside

Mount Etna looms,
dark clouds gathering
distant rivulets of steam rising near its summit
the mountain does it again,

Rain, this time thunder and lightening

Hood up (that cozy Morgan thing)
A small ridge tent on wheels
It pours, roads to rivers

As I drive into the hills I see the air through the rain


After Randoza the sun returns and the wet roads turn to silver

SS120 is great,

out into the mountains,

the land is

orange

ochre

this land astounds me

to Cesaro,

twisted,
curved
sometimes the road just runs out into gravel

the soil is grey green blue grey
like plasticine
this is somewhere out from anywhere

towns perched on mountains, medieval,
isolated
No apparent hotels,

squares full of locals

the inside of Sicilia

Wallace Arnold and McDonalds don’t enter
in to it

weave on

the sun starting to sink over the mountains
the kilometre number on the sign reads SS120 96 and counting down

A long drive ahead,
into a gold
fields as red

Sicilia is a place full of hidden envelopes

These towns seem fortified against each other
They seem equally inpeneratable

Troina to Nicosia to Gangi, mountains in a soft sienna light stretching on and on

Ill bella rises to the challenge

Driving part of the Targe Florio now
great corners,
she sits round the curves like a glove

I like it in my car in Sicilia
Decide to head for Cefalu on the North coast
take the high road across the Madonie mountains

up up into the darkening pine forests
into a twilight cooling air

then at the dark top
out of nowhere
out of nothing
a hotel
Swiss style with room and food
Twin Peaks comes to mind

Dutch French Italian English
A fox comes into the dining room
(Daisy and Milo would love that)

Very tasty fig liqueur

At night in a quiet air
sound of cattle bells in the distance
breezy chimes.
Cicadas sing out

Mountains have a presence at night
they insinuate themselves upon you
with in you

Sleep amongst the knotty pine
rodents in the roof

here, far away from somewhere
Etna / light gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Bend gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Rise gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
fall away to south gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
ss 120 - 120 km gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Ceremi gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Nicosia gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
Sperlinga gouache on gesso15 x 15 cm
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