Friday, March 21, 2008
I find the landscapes of Italy, from the beaches of Sicily to the high, mountains of the Dolomites, and here, Tuscany in particular, so evocative of my dreams and longings for places I wish to know better and experience again and again.
These magnificent lands (and the people who live there) seem to hold magic for me -- inspiration, warmth, the cradle of what I feel as 'home' ... a return perhaps to lands of my ancestors that I've been too long removed ... They represent for me that 'other life' I suppose we often wish for ourselves -- a slower pace, a closer tie to the land, family and friends less far flung across the globe ...and I hold these places as such. I am soothed by the special place I hold them in my heart as I try to paint that love and mystical quality I have for them ....