I sat on the dock in Positano and painted a small watercolor, while Antonella purchased tickets to Sorrento. Each one of the ticket booths sold tickets for a different paradise. Choose Capri, Almafi, or Sorrento!
Fascinated with the facade of windows and doorways ~ ancient portals in a stone edifice etched into the mountain ~ you can imagine why I might be so engaged with painting such a swiss-cheese mountain! Embracing my mountain ~ seeing darkness as a gift ~ opened all the portals at once!
Were you wondering where the new colors in my palette came from? Now you know!
Yes, I AM a bit timid about traveling alone. But honestly, I would hate to miss this chance to be with you in such a magical place!
If next year comes ~ and I missed out
Life is SO precious! My dear friend Gary passed away this month. One day we were having lunch, then a sudden stroke took him. Painting in the studio early that morning, I thanked Gary for all the wonderful conversations we had over lunch. And then I heard a voice tell me to lighten up the clouds along my horizon.
Startled, I looked again at the big painting on my easel. “Really?” I answered him back. Gary was a big man with a big presence. His radio voice could fill the room. He traveled Europe on a USO Tour singing! Quick witted, he was known as the ‘Czar of PR’ at the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Clinton.
Without hesitation, I picked up the brush and took his advice. Tweaked Light into the clouds along the horizon, searched Google Flights, and bought a ticket for Sorrento!
I didn’t hesitate to tweak the painting. I HAD been hesitating to buy the tickets. I am still hesitating to admit to myself that the title of the big painting, Suncatcher, is a clue to who I am.
Just the question pops another “painting” to mind.
A collage I did when I was 14 won me recognition at a 5 county regional art show in my home state of New Jersey. I can still remember my mother taking me to the awards presentation in Morristown. My feet barely touched the floor as I walked to the front, my collage projected on the screen for all to see, as I received my blue ribbon.
Nurturing creativity is important. It was something I received from both my parents. And also from many others, as well.
This is why I am so compelled to throw Light and inspiration. So I guess I AM the Suncatcher.
I met Antonella three years ago when she translated our Italian cooking lesson. She captivated us with her quick wit, warm personality, and mastery of both English and Italian. Immediately, we were friends.
When I arrived in Italy sick last fall, Antonella was knocking on my door with pharmacy, hot tea, and warm clothing. Blooming with cheer, she lifted my spirits.
She got me well in a hurry ~ in time to smell the roses, get my watercolors out, AND welcome my friends from the States.
Dear Antonella loves EVERY opportunity to speak English! She lived eight years in DC as a young woman. So delighted to meet my friends, immediately we ALL were friends.
I developed my CreativSOUP process over thirty years. Extraordinary circumstances caused me to use my art degree and creativity ~ in ways I NEVER imagined.