This has been an incredible trip, in good and not-so-good ways. The good ones far outweigh the bad, never fear! From practically the first day I arrived in France, there have been transportation strikes that have made confetti of my plans and itineraries. Though I missed the first week in Paris, I had more days in Amboise to visit with Casey and Ronell---- that's where I was first inspired. I'd met Casey in September, so I knew how lovely and vivacious and just plain fun she is. This time I got to meet her family and see her gorgeous, large studio in a former stable next to her house. I also was lucky enough to meet warm and gracious Ronell and to see her beautifully appointed, cozy house and HER spacious and inviting studio, too! My space is much smaller than either of theirs, but I'm determined to go home and read the riot act to my so-called studio. I want to make mine as cozy and Casey-and-Ronell-like as I can. They are both fabulous painters, too. I saw many pieces which have never appeared on their blogs and I was very, very impressed.
I will post sketches from the trip in the coming days. For now, here's a shot of Casey and me in which I'm trying to coerce her into some foul misdeed, the nature of which I cannot recall. I feel sure she resisted.
By taking a taxi 150 miles (!!!!!) from Paris to Amboise (the only way he could get out of Paris to where I was since the trains weren't running), my husband was able to join me in time for us to rent a car and drive to Clermont-Ferrand for the art show I participated in. Another set of train tickets bit the dust. We missed most of the first day, however. We got lost. Enough said.
But, oh, what a fabulous event it was!!! I saw wonderful, ambitious, powerful, large, complex work over and over and over. If I hadn't had to man my own stand, I could have seen even more than I did. Oh my word, it was inspiring!! I am on fire with ideas for the coming year. I fulfilled my duties in the panel discussion I'd worried about. I met interesting and kind people. I talked about and showed my work to the many visitors who stopped by to see it. I feel so grateful to have been included in this exhibition. It was one of those life-changing occurrences, I think.
And back to Paris, at last, for one day before leaving tomorrow for hearth, home, and new baby in our family!
A couple of photos of Paris before I start to pack. Sketches have been sketched. They will be shared as soon as I can. Happy days ahead to all of us, each and every one!