Up at 3:40 Monday morning to make our 7:30 flight from Portland to Paris via Washington DC. Arrived in Paris at around 6:45 am after 14 hrs. Breezed through customs, grabbed the train into Paris, and transferring to the Metro for the last few miles. Climbing a long flight of stairs (dragging our suitcases behind us) the sky opened above us filling with an imposing column (July Column) topped with a winged gold figure. This marks the location where the Bastille once stood and commemorates the French Revolution, known by the French as the July Revolution. Our hotel is one block from the monument in the Marais Neighborhood. We are resting now before heading out to dinner and a walk and ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a view of Paris at sunset.
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.