When I set out from Algeciras on the south coast of Spain to part walk/ part use public transport to get home
I realised that about a third of the weight in my rucksack was devoted to painting. I wanted to paint and draw the things that grabbed me as I made my way north to the channel but I had to lose some of the weight in the backpack. Guidebooks were dissected to leave the relevant chapters and maps torn to the relevant route. But my pictures were posted back home so the weight of paper was reducing all the time. Some of the Spanish influences in my work come from this 5-week trip and it taught me to work fast as the schedule was punishing. The big black bull was painted on return within a week or so and is taken from a number of sketches at a bullfight.