After a highly successful weekend in Georgia at the Art Loft, where we made new friends and renewed some older ones, we dashed to Louisiana for our next workshop this weekend in Jennings. How special it has been to return to my roots in Louisiana, reconnecting with the people, the sights, the smells, and the myriad moods of this sultry, incandescent corner of the world. We are fortunate to have the entire week to re-explore and re-discover all that is old as if it were new. I am fascinated by memory and how fluid it is, both giving and taking gifts of nostalgia in the same moment. Our experience this entire week has been a continuous peal of laughter, as we navigate through a maze of friends, family, and familiar places all made new by revisiting the old from a new perch. How I love it all—the swamps, the food, the sounds, the silence. But most of all the generous, light-hearted people who inhabit this quirky, juicy, almost mysterious land. Ah, Louisiana, though art mine, now and forever!
With a furious dash South, Aimee and I arrived in Dahlonega, GA, on Tuesday evening. The temps had soared into the 80's, for us a welcome respite from the frigid New England winter. But it proved to be a cruel deception as the following day the temps plummeted and a freeze warning was issued. Whaat?!! This felt like we had unintentionally brought the cold scourge to the warm, springy South. Oh, well, out came the jackets.
Aimee and I packing up to go on tour with our first stop at the Art Loft in Dahlonega, Georgia. This a quaint foothill town about an hour north of Atlanta that we visited last year at the start of our cross country tour. Our host is the dynamic Anita Elder, a powerhouse of Southern charm who has transformed her abode into a an art workshop Mecca. We're excited to kick off our tour with Anita and her delightful band of intrepid artists. From Dahlonega we travel to Louisiana, home of cajuns, crawfish, and us!
When aspiring artists ask me about painting and how to start a painting, I always suggest that they started with visualization. What does the finished painting look like? Start from the end and work toward that goal so you always have a reference point along the way. If you set out on a trip to your Aunt Milly's, and you have no idea where it is, how could you possibly hope to get there?