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and now, normandie

September 24, 2014

i took you on a whirlwind trip to paris, filled with color, history, art…


from our old hotel room I went out and collected bits and pieces of the city of light, a city of high energy, a city that does not sleep…


a true visual feast.


and now, i invite you to switch gears with us in the normandie countryside– breathe deep, relax your shoulders, close your eyes…

now, open them:













we are in a fall wonderland of foggy mornings, sweeping rural vistas, abundant flowers still in full bloom, a paradise with swans and shaggy farm animals. pure magic. two painters walking along the epte river in giverny, easels in hand, looking for a place to set up and paint…


one of them our wonderful painter friend, christophe. the other one… me.




(along with my assistant, brandt!)



a dream, come true. we have spent days with christophe talking about life, about the joy of life.
we have gone through stacks of paintings, setting some aside to join us later, selecting some from his current gallery hanging. we have dined with christophe and catherine in their home, talking for hours about the things in life that are important, about our families, our histories, our joys and hopes and dreams. and i have felt the spark return, the joie de vivre that has been stuffed deep down with heavy events of the past two years, felt that joy return in a rush of possibility. we’ve made plans to travel to venice together. they are a healing balm and a tremendous inspiration. I am so grateful, for so many things… for a painter who takes a non-painter out and introduces her to a magical new world, and for the belief that i have a place in this new world, a learner taking my place alongside all of the learners who have come before me.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2014 2:59 am

    oh, my….normadie….so soft, so lush, so pastoral….

    ….and so good to tag along on this trip!


  2. September 25, 2014 3:14 am

    Your photos of Normandie are soothing, pastoral. Love the crocheted curtain, the windowbox and arching rose, the donkey and sheep… and I knew that was you in the painter’s smock standing at the easel! So that begs the question, did you paint that incredible screen?!

  3. sageandspirit permalink
    September 25, 2014 4:44 pm

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Everything look so peaceful, so dreamlike. I don’t believe I would be able to leave a place like that.
    So glad to hear this trip is healing your soul, lifting the weight of the past few years. It is a joy to read, (and see the photos), of your wonderful adventures. xx

  4. Lori permalink
    September 26, 2014 4:02 pm

    Cannot wait to hear more and see the new works soon to adorn your walls. your photos get better and better. more, more, more…..please!

  5. September 29, 2014 2:41 pm

    Really? You’re in France? Painting?!!!! And finding your joy it’s obvious.
    I’m so happy you’re there, Janet. It looks very pleasant, and magical and filling you up!
    I expected to see a Pegasus in this series. 😉

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