It is finally sinking in that I am going to France in a few short days to stay in this beautiful studio cottage, hosted by the city of Dinan, chosen as Artist in Residence by the Musee Yvonee Jean-Haffer and Les Amis De La Grande Vigne. I will get to paint anything I want the whole month of October with the townspeople choosing a painting of mine for the museum's permanent collection at the end in a reception.
My recent house sale and rush escrow 'move' left me with little time to think about the huge adventure ahead. But now the dust has settled on that area of my life, I am getting excited.
I have dusted off my "Behind The Wheel Learning French" CD's, practising my "oooh-la-la's" as I drive around LA looking somewhat mad to the casual observer.
I have ordered my favorite paints from Robert Doak in New York ,http://www.robertdoakart.com/page/page/5236343.htm just taking three colors, extra large tubes, making things as compact as I can.
Tomorrow I will order more lightweight gatorfoam linen panels from Tim at New Tradition Art Panels. I find the landscape C15 texture works great for both portrait and landscape.
Then I need to buy some long-johns and a thick waterproof coat as I am told it rains there a lot. I also need a painting umbrella, not for sunshine!
Someone also told me to take a mini-printer in case rain stops play for the whole month in terms of not being able to sit out for hours in the pouring rain.
I have worked out what I want to paint during my month although this could change when I get there. I rather fancy painting the townspeople. "Butcher, Baker Candlestick-maker" kind of thing as my research tells me the town is full of these types of craftspeople along with the newer age gift shops. And it comes as no surprise as a portrait painter that people fascinate me.
I have had a paragraph translated for me so I can approach people to sit for me in the studio and explain my project and not look too daft. Well, we will see about that.
I have worked out where the Internet access is so I can blog about my travels and email the my girls.
I have worked out where the laundromat is.
I have located a corkscrew.
All in all, it is sinking in....I am going!!!
Oh yes, and I forgot to mention buying a new house in the process! Suffice to say, doing some marine paintings on my return if all goes ahead.