Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

Dream: “something blue, covering the whole thing, light blue…”

blue dream
something blue,

Journal in my lap I glance up, coffee cup in hand. Sweet creamy date bread, the taste of home, mom’s recipe fills my mouth. Crunching a piece of walnut between my teeth ~ I recognize the same lavender blue in the painting across the room.

Radiant Beauty

abstract expressionist painting
Radiant Beauty, oil painting, 48″ x 36″ Purchase Info>

I’d just written about her yesterday, how a fusion of abstract landscape melded with realistic rendering on this painting called, “Radiant Beauty.”

I’d noted that the pond represented home to me, the safe place where I can be myself. And how my paintings beckon viewers to see the Creative Spirit above their own pond.

abstract expressionist painting
detail shows the symbols of pond and home, heaven and earth. Purchase Info>

My Place in the Sun?

Two images flash to mind: tiny paintings from yesterday afternoon’s meditation exercise. The first an old one called, “My Place in the Sun,” repainted on  New Year’s Eve with a violet mountain, vermilion cottages and turquoise green fields.

small landscape oil painting
My Place in the Sun, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″ , $100.



 

Supermoon Rising

The second, a new painting, inspired by momentum from the first. A similar landscape with cottages and distant hills. This one with deep violet night shadows, opening to those blue fields and pond.

Celestial orbs in both paintings, low to the horizon, burn deeply vermilion, warming cottages, hearts and home. A setting sun in the first is transformed to “Supermoon Rising” in the next breath. It is amazing to me still ~ how a color meditation can reveal such a tale.

supermoon painting
Supermoon Rising, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″, $100


Home

In an instant ~ I realize I have wandered into my own painting. Standing beside the pond (literally, as there is a pond outside my studio windows), I painted my way home.

Returning to the studio feels strangely new this morning. Switching on the lights, I turn up the heat and survey the paintings. Not just that today is the first day of a new year ~ something else is new.

Two unfinished paintings on the easels speak now, when yesterday were silent. The tall one with a moon behind the cloud, now answers my question about whether or not she is finished.

She’s not at all finished. Indeed her supermoon is rising, illuminating the blue landscape with colorful shadows. Her true work is just begun.

supermoon painting
Supermoon on the Mountain, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 40″ x 30″
“Paint the moon a bit larger.
“Let it light the landscape.
“And fill those long shadows with hope and dreams.”

Awakened by her light shining through my bedroom window, I’d felt bathed by something Divine. Instead of covering my head with the pillow ~ I let the celestial moment comfort me as I drifted back to sleep.

The Castle

The other big painting, a wide one with a castle atop a vineyard on a hill ~ appears light against vibrant evergreen woodlands and a star-filled, Provence blue sky. Cottages coming together form the castle, supported and unified by the expansive vineyard rising from the valley.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″,

Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

In a moment all the symbols embedded in the paintings fuse seamlessly as my story. Spirited palette knife strokes ~ like my signature ~ are mine alone to own.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
detail, Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″

I was that freshman in art history class, who sat in the back muttering ~ “the professor is nuts, the painting is just a landscape ~ how could he think the artist stopped to make up all these ridiculous symbols?”

I own this garden, it’s time to eat my words. I don’t know what artists in the Renaissance did. I do know it’s taken me a lifetime to accept and own the Creator’s gifts as my own.

Welcome to Joy’s Garden!

xxoo

Dorothy

Heart of Tuscany ~ Maremma Region of Tuscany

The Heart of Tuscany

Connecting Heart and Mind promotes creativity. This important connection is essential if creative energy is to flow smoothly. Experiential learning provides a quick way to reclaim forgotten creativity.

This year’s Tuscany Retreat focuses on the heart of Tuscany. Known as the Maremma region, this heart shaped area connects miles of rocky coastline and beautiful beaches with the mountains.

Heart of Tuscany ~ Maremma Region of Tuscany

The Heart of Tuscany ~ Maremma
The Heart of Tuscany ~ Maremma

Walking in the past ~ Civilizations dating back from the Bronze, Neolithic, and Copper Age, followed by Etruscan and Roman make this region the heart and soul of Tuscany.

Check out the sites on my interactive map to discover more about the heart and soul of Tuscany.

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Thermal Baths at Saturnia

Going with the Flow?

Entice your Creative Spirit. Jump into the CreativSOUP and relax. Let the flow go around you. What a powerful way of looking at the world!

Ancient hot springs still flow from the earth at Saturnia, and are open free of charge. Bring your bathing suit, water shoes, and a towel!

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Maremma National Park

Connecting with the Landscape

This important connection with earth grounds creative energy, enabling it to flow. Without it, the creative circuit shorts out. Energy is lost, drained out. A walk, bike ride, horseback ride, boating, swimming, touching nature in whatever way that appeals most ~ will automatically reconnect.

Maremma National Park has 14 hiking trails, some for master hikers, some novice. Panoramic views stretch from the park mountains, along the coastline to the Monte Argentario peninsula and out over the sea toward the isles of Giglio, Montecristo and Elba. Hike to Medici look-out towers or the ruins of a medieval monastery. No hiking shoes? Try the cycling path!

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Canoeing
Canoes leave from the “La Barca” near Alberese, a section of the river where—until forty years ago—there was a ferry. The banks are initially covered in thick vegetation though it thins out slowly as you head toward to the San Mamiliano farm. Near Spolverino are the remains of an ancient Roman bridge, called “the devil’s bridge.” Once you arrive at Torre Trappola, about 3km from the sea, the river widens and you can see local trees including willows, poplars and tamarisks.
Horseback riding
Horseback riding excursions are another fun way to get to know the park and spend time in contact with nature. There are a variety of possibilities for everyone from beginners to experts throughout the protected area. During the rides it is easy to run into local wildlife like deer, wild boar, cows and maremmani horses.
The “Romitorio” itinerary, about two hours long, is a relaxed ride through a forest of oaks and it is appropriate for beginners. If you have more time, take the three hour itinerary to the Abbey of San Rabano. Experienced riders can take the full day (six hour) ride which moves through a variety of the park’s environments.
Expert riders can also learn about the local cowboy activities. Information and reservations can be made through the office of the Alberese farm (+39 0564 407 180).
Mountain biking

Leave your car in town, and take a relaxing ride along the road that leads to Marina di Alberese. Along the way you’ll pass the breeding area where you can see cattle and horses grazing in the large fields along the sides of the road.

When you arrive at the intersection about 500m from the seaside you can turn right, following the directions for the A7 itinerary which leads to Ombrone. On the return take the main road to the beach. You can also take a longer itinerary which departs from Alberese, through the countryside to the southern extreme of the park and the town of Talamone. If you don’t have your own bike you can rent one from Il Rialto. More info>

Capalbio

Jim and I visited Capalbio for the first time last year. Watercolor journal in my satchel, we sat in the village and made several sketches.

capalbio watercolor painting
flowers flowing from windows and balconies
capalbio watercolor paintings
flowers flowing prolifically from windows and balconies

I sat just below the wall in this video to make these watercolor sketches in my journal. There was a park bench where Jim and I sat in the small piazza. The village was quiet and we had the piazza to ourselves! From the top of the wall ~ a spectacular view of the sun setting over the sea.

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The Tarot Garden

A hint of Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture garden stands at the entrance of the walled city. Jim and I sat beside the towering beauty and ate our gelatos!

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Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture at Capabilo

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Archaeology

I’ve always had a fascination with ancient civilizations. The Etruscans in particular ~ since making small red terra cotta replicas of Etruscan black painted vessels in high school! The opportunity to walk among the ruins, to feel the place, the earth, ~ well, I think I’ll take the watercolor journal and see what emerges.

Magic of the Maremma

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Italian Cooking Lessons Amplify the Creative Process

Cooking and eating are very powerful in amplifying up the creative process. It’s no doubt they to hand in hand with preparing and digesting new ideas. Relax and enjoy, it’s all creativSOUP.italian cooking lessons

When I read an article about chef Barbara, I thought ‘wow! she’d be fun to do our cooking lesson!’ Looks like she does a lot of different dishes… See what you think? Shall I ask her?

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