"....Last thing I remember, I was
running for the door,
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax", said the nightman ,
We are programed to receive.
You can check out anytime you like,
But you can never leave!""
Many of us will remember these last lines of the Hotel California, by the Eagles. Over this past month, I have come to realize just how apt these lines are in describing how I feel about living out this transition phase of my life. Being an artist, to me, means sometimes embracing the float; waiting and holding on until the next step is under my moving feet. That has been particularly difficult this last month. Continuing to put one foot in front of the next, and trusting that I'm not just walking in circles; each door leading back into the room I just left. And in the middle of it all, keeping something moving on the easel. Its been slow, painful work. But I've managed - and the result is below. I know you'll enjoy this view of St. Agnes, in the Provence Alps Cote d'Azur region of southern France. I was on my way to Fontan, I believed, when turned away by an avalanche (seriously!), and was forced to stay in the area I had originally planned to end up - seeing new friends at a party I'd been invited to - the beautiful village of St. Agnes, in the hills overlooking Menton on the French/Italian border. I spent the day walking in the village, exploring the hills, and just absorbing the spirit and soul of this enchanting part of France. So, here's the first of hopefully many... currently off the easel in the Hotel California (Glenfinnan).
On the other side of all this amazing change, is the sad fact that soon I AM leaving my home of 10 years. And it is breaking my heart - Glenfinnan, in fact the Highlands, have been experiencing one of the most gorgeous autumns that I've had the pleasure of experiencing in the last 15 years since I began coming here to paint! I WANT to paint right now, and am forced to wait even for that since I have so much business work to take care of first! What makes I bearable is that I KNOW I'll be coming back.... at the very least, to paint and visit my dear friends..... You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave...Old St. Agnes, Provence Alps Cote d'Azur, 16 x 12 in., oil on board, £1,250.00
Another place I've had the honor of living in, that has also sunk deep hooks into my back.