“Heads Up in France”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel
It pays to keep your head up for a lot of reasons.
There is beauty everywhere.
Like little french windows that sing you a song.
And make the heart feels almost to bursting
with the joy of uncomplicated things.
Soft blossoms, growing and glowing, touching used-to-be trees painted with the color of the sky
held together by mortar and love.
All because you looked up 🙂
As promised, here’s some pics and peeps from Workshops II & III in Marco Island, Florida.
It’s good to remember all the warmth of the people that were there!
Adriana, Coco, Claudia and Elena from Mexico City taught me a wee bit of Spanish 🙂
I decided that the next time I see Maeve from Ireland it will be my turn to travel 🙂 !
There is never a dull moment with the folks who tend to show up at my workshops.
I fear I may be responsible for what I am attracting 😉
For instance, take Irene, who hailed from the Bahamas and had a very proper British accent but I think she’s from Ireland originally—well, SHE asked as I was painting if I had just put a brush stroke down all willy-nilly or was there a reason for that stroke.
Not being one to let that comment just slide by (the combo of proper English mixed with willy-nilly was too good to not acknowledge) I just had to pause and let it sink in—and let the phrase roll off my tongue as well.
Irene then informed me that if I was going to use the term to always be sure to place the nilly after the willy or otherwise I would be going down a different path and onto something referencing the male appendage…. 😉
And notice the guy holding a FREE HUGS sign in my class of all women?
He showed up with the sign on the first day. He was a good painter so I let him stay 😉
And no, my workshops have not gone to the dogs. Stella made a brief appearance after chewing her way to freedom from one of the local gals condos.
Like I said, I fear there is a trend developing and I’m not sure where it’s going….. 😉
Marco Island Workshop II
Nancy, Gail, Michael, Christa, Irene, Ann, Carol, Joanne, Virginia, Sue, Bonnie, Carroll, Patricia, Korrine, Nancy, Anne, Jerry, and Anita
Marco Island Workshop III
Elena, Claudia, Peggy, Maeve, Dian, Julie, Julia, Mary, Karen, Mary, Pamela, Helen, Coco, Cynthia, Jo Ann, Adriana, and Ellen
Wish I could single out everyone in these workshops because they were all so warm, talented, and just plain fun to hang with for 3 days!
Thanks to all the “kids” here for adding their own sunshine to Florida!!
Some folks (only the crazy ones) are wondering if I will be in Marco Island this same time next year.
It was 5 degrees in Paris this morning.
Marco Island and I have a date 🙂
I’ll be looking for partners in crime…..
P.S. Your homework for now? Use willy-nilly with your best British accent in conversation today—as often and inappropriately as you can 🙂