Two days ago, I arrived home from France, a few pounds heavier, and missing my gorgeous students so much. Sometimes the universe sends you a gift when you need it most, thankfully, because this journey did not start off on the best foot. Have you ever had one of those trips where it felt like all your best laid plans were coming unglued? Like every time you put out one fire, another one sprung up? A day before travel, we discovered (doctor’s orders) Carlos was not to fly anywhere for 2 weeks. Then, just moments after absorbing that, I realized I had made a major error in booking our flights, thinking we were staying a few days in Paris on the inbound leg. After all, we had done exactly that in 2018! Alas, there were no such plans this year, so clearly my brain was on early vaca mode when I booked these dates, ages ago. So, I could choose to take a nerve pill and go set my hyperventilating self down on the couch, or I could put on my cowgirl boots and my Dr. Pepper lip gloss and face this crisis head on. Thanks to a super nice gal at American Airlines, all was smoothed over for us in the flight department, less than a day from departure. Even better, travel insurance said everything was fully covered. Carlos was fine, just needing to take it easy for a bit, per his doctor. The rest was going to be a breeze, right? Until my baggage, including all the students’ gifts and all the art supplies, failed to accompany me to France.
I was a bit shaken and stirred upon arrival in Carcassonne, with the idea of having to go a day sans deodorant or toothpaste weighing upon my mind (“Do you remember that art teacher who refused to speak to us the first day of the tour, or let us come near her – sheesh!?“). But this is the part that matters: My hostess, Carol (whom all my France students agreed could aptly be called “She Who Shall Always Be Adored”) brought me a care package with toiletries, PJs, comfy socks, and a hair scrunchy. I couldn’t use the hair scrunchy with my short curls, but it was the thought that counted! Next, my students stepped up and said, no worries, if my supplies did not arrive, everyone had a squirt of some color I needed, and duplicates of other goodies such as brushes and canvases could be found for teacher. Thanks to these gals, I felt like I could breathe again. It was really hard not having Carlos there, but a big weight was lifted from my shoulders.
This is what happens to women when other women stand by them.
One more time, I was reminded of how blessed I am – the artists who paint with me feel like more than friends, in truth, they are sisters. I’m a lucky duck. I’ve been given permission by the universe to do what I love – to work with artists. It’s a gift, and this combination of freedom and love is a potent one. When I feel afraid, or fearful of the future – the universe always seems to step in and send an angel or two, or even a half dozen, with paintbrushes in hand. This is my thank you letter to those better angels and kind souls – the artists who walk with me on this journey: a most heartfelt thank you!
June 2020 ~ Your summer escape awaits!
Mon Dieu, This Workshop Is Almost Full!
You are invited to join Nancy for a summer getaway to the magnificent French Alps. There is no more beautiful escape from the summer heat than spending 10 days in the heart of the lovely medieval village of Annecy, known as “The Venice of France” with its canals, flower gardens, cafes and shops.
After flying into Geneva, Switzerland, we’ll make our home in The Splendid Hotel near the shores of historic Lake Annecy. Your journey begins with a tour of Col de la Forclaz with lunch on the terrace of a dairy farm in the mountains. We’ll sample slices of charcuterie, cheeses, potato beignets, and fresh blueberry tarts with cream. We’ll tour the Chateau de Menthon St Bernard, a castle filled with 13th century furnishings, tapestries and a library of ancient manuscripts painted with illuminations from the monks of the Middle Ages. And this is all just Day 1!
During your journey workshop, you’ll have plenty of painting time with Nancy in the indoor studio at your hotel in Annecy. Nonpainters will enjoy additional tours and excursions while the painters are busy in the studio. This tour is filling quickly! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details.