Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dig out the Rain Gear - We Are On the Atlantic Coast

Arrived in Biarritz, France via EasyJet, (a short, easy 65 minute flight from Paris) to Atlantic storm clouds, wind and rain. We bussed to St. Jean-de-Luz to find another small, welcoming hotel awaiting us. Nancy and I unpacked and headed out for a walk, drinks and tapas. The bar we discovered was outfitted to resemble the inside of a pirate ship. A few hundred years ago the area was a haven for the Basque Corsairs, pirates that plundered this part of the Atlantic with the support of the French government. Nancy went to mass in the historic Eglise St. Jean-Baptiste, the church where Louise XIV married Marie-Therese uniting Spain and France and ending many years of conflict.

Tomorrow Nancy heads to Pamplona and I travel to San Sebastian.

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I am a woman of a certain age finding myself driven to create art and currently painting landscapes in oils. ​I’m inspired by the beauty found in nature, particularly the landscapes of Oregon. I love the challenge of a blank canvas, in choosing the colors, lines and contrast to communicate emotion and mystery. I’m drawn to the zing of complementary colors, the power of light against dark, the weight of lines and their ability to lead the viewer through a painting. What is beyond the road, what lies just over the horizon? These all draw me in and keep me coming back to the studio. There is always a challenge awaiting, always a need to push further, to expand my skills and stretch against my comfort level.