Tuscany Artist’s Residency
I invite you to follow my Tuscany Artist’s Residency online. Join me for plein air painting and Tuscan lifestyle-infused painting lessons.
Follow the creation of my book, Muses of Tuscany, infusing life with paintings and the Tuscan lifestyle.
I have invited two muses to visit my Tuscany studio. In Greek mythology, muses are goddesses blessed with great artistic talents ~ grace, beauty and allure. They help the gods and mankind forget their troubles and inspire artists to greater artistic and intellectual heights.
My muses are very dear friends who have inspired me over the years. I have asked them to show me Tuscany ~ what inspires them ~ the hill towns, wineries, Tuscan life style. I am hoping my time in Tuscany will re-program me ~ the workaholic who doesn’t know what else to do but work!
I cannot move this mountain, I CAN embrace it.
When I titled Embrace of the Mountain, over a year ago, I was thinking the mountain was embracing me. Now I see how I am already embracing it.
Our apartment is 20 miles south of Florence. It is owned by a chef who teaches cooking and runs a private restaurant for residents. We’re leasing a car, which my husband Jim enjoys driving, the Italian way. Sneakers is on her own playdate with the grandkids.
People have always looked at my paintings and asked if I had been to Tuscany. Evidently they saw more in my paintings ~ unfulfilled dreams ~ than I did. My dream? Your dream? The collective consciousness is powerful!
Easier said than done! Everyone tells you to ‘go with the flow,’ but going with the flow isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
When my dreams began cascading into life, I felt very reluctant to believe any of it would stick. So accustomed to looking for the other shoe to drop, I did more than reserve judgement ~ I got in the way of the flow more times than not!
So how did I finally get it?
Truth is, I’m not sure that I do. I don’t know that I will EVER really get it fully. The thing I notice is that I am a lot quicker to stop when life feels like a struggle.
Go with the Flow of Cascading Dreams
“When life feels like a struggle, flip on some music and sing!”
You know. When the file won’t upload because the server is slow. Or traffic is blocking the bridge and I’m going to be late. I am much quicker at stepping back and taking a break. Go for a walk. Do something else and come back later. Flip on some music and sing.
The funny part is that whenever I have the presence of mind to chill and ask the Creator to show me. There is something way better that pops up.
“Just as soon as I clear the struggle ~ the Creator spills the dreams.”
The quote of the day is available as a removable wall decal or poster. Find Go with the flow of Cascading Dreams and other uplifting quotes in Joy’s Garden. A Fine Art Print of this painting, Cascading Dreams, is available on canvas or watercolor paper.