Tomorrow will be my last day in Soréze. This past week has taken a burst of energy to finish one more painting, walk around Lake St. Ferreol as many times as possible, find everything that I have scattered around this big house and pack.
I have painted as much as I can, gone all of the places that I wanted to visit, and eaten all the yummy food that I wanted. I have walked almost every day and now I need a new pair of shoes. It is time to come home, which I always do with mixed feelings when I leave France. I come to this area and stay so long because I love everything, including having the opportunity to paint at all hours of the day and night.
Traveling gives me new perspective and inspiration. While I have been here, I have experienced a desire to change the way I paint to a more abstract manner, and I have. Here is painting #8.
I feel that my work is moving quickly in a new direction and I am not sure where that will take me. I have found a painter in Ireland who does abstract landscape workshops, so maybe I will go there next year. If I do, I will probably need to visit briefly in France.
I love the idea that you are letting your work lead you. It sounds like you’re both surrendering and opening to the mystery of creating (creation). The colors and brush/palette strokes of the new painting are juicy, luscious. I wish I could see it in person.
Hi Sylvia. You are absolutely correct. My work is definitely leading me and I am not sure in which direction. Thank you for your positive comments. I must say that I had a wonderful time playing around with new ways to apply paint and new ideas for what I wanted to paint, although all of the paintings are scenes that I saw in France.