When you close your eyes, where are you? Are you still in your own environment surrounded by things that are familiar to you? Or are you someplace where you have been where you remember the sights, sounds, and smells? Maybe you can imagine a place you would like to go. Is it very different from where you are? What do you envision you will see? What do you hear? Are you alone or around others? Is the language the same as yours? Are you in a town or out in the country? Maybe at a beach or in the mountains? Do you smell traces of flowers or freshly baked bread at a market?
There is something about experiencing a new place that has always drawn me to travel. Perhaps you enjoy discovering new places, new sounds, and new foods? Where would you go if you were given a trip? There are places I have been where I would return. Still others that I would like to visit.
Part of the joy of being a teaching artist is helping others to record what they see in sketches or paintings. It is like you can stop time for a moment and capture it all to yourself. When you return and see your artworks you created, you can still feel the presence of the place. You can close your eyes and imagine being there again, hearing the sounds, smelling the air,and feeling the heat, cold, or breeze.
Let me know if you want to experience some of the places I will be going this year. I would love to have you join me!
Plein Air Painting in Venice October 5 - 12, 2013, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Painting in Provence May 25-June 1,2014, contact: email@example.com
Ciao! or Au Revoir!