A marriage and family might have brought artist Hermine Sammut to Gozo, but it was the simple, creative atmosphere and beautiful landscapes that made her stay. Gozo is only a short 30 minute ferry ride from Malta and is the vacation destination for many Maltese in the summer. It is also the home to many artists and creative people; it’s the perfect little island of simplicity and inspiration that artists look for.
I was in Gozo to learn about Hermine's unique art walks; a 4 to 5 hour walk through Gozo’s fields and villages to artist studios. Hermine also offers one day workshops that teach natural painting and includes lunch. She'll meet you at the ferry station and your creative journey begins.
The Gozo hills were bursting with yellow flowers contrasting with the green fields providing you the perfect feel of spring. I looked at the scene and thought, "What lovely photo opportunities." While Hermine looked at the scene and thought, "Art materials." She picked a bright yellow flower and took a piece of paper and had me watch as she rubbed the flower petal on the paper turning the paper a brilliant gold as if it were paint. Hermine integrates the land and these flowers into her painting—literally. She uses flower pigments, clay, and mud all found around Gozo as her painting materials.