Absence

1412599836404It’s a well-known axiom that inaccessibility or distance increases an object’s value. C’est la vie. Just before opening this post to write, I was editing all the photos that had been locked on my phone for weeks, finally successfully downloaded to my computer. Listening to Lara Fabian chant her hit, “Je t’aime”, I couldn’t help but ache to regain some of the Dordogne Days of the past three weeks.  Every photo I open oozes happiness, joy and beauty that was my Artistic Adventurers’ daily fare.

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Home again, we settle into our familiar routines, lovely in their own right. Traces of travel still litter my studio- paintings to inventory and supplies waiting to be put away. I have hopes of picking up a paintbrush tomorrow and begin to relive my vagabond moments in the privacy of my studio, as I paint more French memories. Suddenly, I think of my grandmother, a brilliant Oberlin-educated suffragette, destined to spend her life raising chickens on my grandfather’s farm. Never going farther than the grocery, she only traveled through books and decades worth of letters from her British pen pal. But it was her retelling stories of the world beyond that filled my imagination with a thirst to see its wonders with my own eyes. I see even more when I paint it.

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4 thoughts on “Absence

  1. “Never going farther than the grocery, she only traveled through books and decades worth of letters from her British pen pal. But it was her retelling stories of the world beyond that filled my imagination…”

    Well said, cousin.

  2. you are indeed stupendously fed! I look at what you are doing and tell myself get out there! I think we need to have a long talk. I am leaving for Omaha very early in the morning. Arrive back to Charlotte in time for class on tuesday. I began a fashion Ill. class last week. Having fun with it. We’ll see how it continues. Good students! At least so far. I judge that on their attention. I have them looking at me! 🙂

  3. Welcome home to stateside. We are off in less than two weeks. Wishing our paths would cross. Later. It sounds as though it was a special trip!

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