It has been 25 days since I last blogged. So much has happened, so many paths have been established through the possible wilderness of my life and the future I have before me, but first a basic update: Paros is wonderful and the Aegean Center isboth challenging and warm. The weather the first few weeks was very much like the end of winter anywhere-changeable. It rained, became downright cold, even snowed but there were brilliant sunny days interspersed with the gloom and clouds as they rolled over the hills into Paroikia. There has been a shift in the past few days and the sun has been shining with highs in the mid-60s F. I jumped into the cool blue water the other day and paddled about for a bit then beachcombed for a spell. This was time off and I have been working very hard in both the darkroom and the digital lab. The big surprie has been in Basic and Figure Drawing. I have been enjoying both immensely and learning more about ‘seing’ than I knew I could. It has already paid off in my photographic work.
Other big news: I have been offered a chance to return in the fall for the fall term here, which begins in Tuscany for September and then returns to Paros in October for another 2 1/2 months. This is something I wanted to do last year but could not let go of my responsibilities at home, emotionally speaking. Now I can and I am grabbing hold of this chance with both hands. This term will be more historical in nature and will obviously focus a great deal on the Italian Renaissance. So I will return to America on June 22nd and turn around and leave again on September 1st or close to it.
More to come…