Memory ignited

"terre au Sault," (land around Sault), 24"x 30," soft pastel on paper. I painted this with some of the "elements" that I associate with southern France. Stone and plaster houses, cicadas, and cypress as small parts of the story near this high, rolling field of lavender. Archivally matted and framed ~ $1,100

“terre au Sault” (landscape of Sault)   24″x 30″  soft pastel on paper.  I painted this with some of the “elements” that I associate with southern France. Stone and plaster houses, cicadas, and cypress as small parts of the story near this high, rolling field of lavender.
Archivally matted and framed ~ $1,100

 

Look ~ revisit ~ see again ~ feel ~ respond. Seeds planted…parts of places. I believe the impact of our experiences seeps into our pores…certainly into my pores and bones and memory.

To study and create – live and eat – listen, learn…walk and sleep in southern France as a college student shaped a part of me. Smells and food, sounds and light trigger pictures in my mind. As I’ve traveled other places throughout my life, I find myself comparing the light in the air and on the landscape to the light I remember in and around the tiny village of Lacoste, where I lived.     I can’t help it.    It just happens.

Shuffling through slides – yes, 35mm slides sometimes, to look at the moments captured with my Nikormat camera. I still have it and pull it out once in a while to feel its solid heft. Bulky and heavy by today’s standards, it traveled miles and miles strapped across my chest. When I’ve traveled back to France in the past decade, I had the ease of using and carrying a digital camera along with my sketchbook.      All important tools.      I can collect so many images now…gluttony for my senses.

Something is ignited when we travel…often more than one thing. That spark is carried within ~ beyond the timeline of our trip. I think that this is universal. People travel for different reasons, but whatever the drive, impulse, task or impetus…it takes courage to travel and because of this, I think we can be more vulnerable. Our vulnerability is positive in most cases, because we let down barriers.    I do.   I feel open and curious about the place and culture in which I’ve landed or that I’m traveling through. I’m free of the constraints, routines and rhythms of my home life.

la lettre est arrive?, (has the letter arrived?), 8x9, acrylic. One of the back roads above the village of Lacoste, where I lived while studying art in France. Framed ~ $260

la lettre est arrive?, (has the letter arrived?), 8×9, acrylic. One of the back roads above the village of Lacoste, where I lived while studying art in France. Framed-SOLD

 

The glory of a new landscape, provisioning in an unknown town, a mailbox, a dusty road…  Sometimes it is just about the light.  Light is such a powerful element ~ so really, not surprising as a point of focus for me. I feel it as well as see it. As a great seducer, I succumb to it as it bounces, glazes, envelops and sharpens things, people and places.

Dust, pigment, hue and shadow – key factors in how I saw the country of Namibia with my family last summer. (see some earlier blog posts about our trip). Sometimes as I hiked or stood looking, I thought about it… the light…of southern France and of places I’ve spent time in the southwest United States.   Was the light different?… the same?

Impact ~ affect ~ memory ~ response.

"la plane tree~Vaison la Romaine, acrylic on canvas, 16"x 20." The ubiquitous plane trees of France. This one, with its glowing bark was in Vaison la Romaine on market day. Framed ~ $685

“la plane tree~Vaison la Romaine, acrylic on canvas, 16″x 20.” The ubiquitous plane trees of France. This one, with its glowing bark was in Vaison la Romaine on market day. Framed ~ SOLD

 

 

vignoble de juillet, (vines in July), 16x20, acrylic. An unknown vineyard in mid-day, southeast of the tiny town of Tulette, framed ~ $685

vignoble de juillet, (vines in July), 16×20, acrylic. An unknown vineyard in mid-day, southeast of the tiny town of Tulette, framed ~ $685

 

I’ve made many paintings in soft pastel, oil and acrylic paint,  from my time spent in France, and continue to use sketches and photographs from my archives as subject matter. Three of these were painted in the past year and a half and one from several years ago, (“terre au Sault”).  All of these are available, for those who are interested…if you’ve been to France and carry it with you in your memory too!

La plane tree-Vaison la Romaine, vignoble de juillet and la lettre est arrive? are all hanging at Le Panier French Bakery in the Pike Pl Market, Seattle.          Terre au Sault is in my studio. Please call or contact me via e-mail if you have questions or you are interested in a piece!…or if you know of someone who might be. Thanks for looking.

 

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Tumble

Tumble ~ acrylic on gessoed board 5.5"x 7.5" ~ with a 2" deep dark wood frame ~ $175

Tumble ~ acrylic on gessoed board ~ 5.5″x 7.5″ ~ with a 2″ deep, dark wood frame ~ $175

 

From the cool of our garage, where I store fruit and root vegetables during the fall and winter…  I gathered this two-arms-full of apples, pears and onions from Washington farms. Topped off with satsumas and grapefruit from sunny states…got to have them this time of year!

These are what I love to eat and cook and…paint. I grab an apple from the bowl on our kitchen counter and there it sits for a few moments on the cutting board, while I look at it…especially if there is light hitting it a certain way. I pause before I cut it. I have these little moments all the time. I do have potatoes and yams and squash in the garage too…hmm, got to try putting those down with a brush.

This particular group rolled out onto my work table in my studio before making it upstairs to our kitchen. I only tweaked the position of a couple of satsumas…otherwise, I painted them as they landed!    Tumble.     Another from my still life  group. I had fun painting the glowing periwinkle blue color over the red-orange under-painting too!  Needless to say, it was a couple of days before the Bartlett, Braeburns, onion, satsumas and grapefruit were eaten!

 

I am happy to ship this piece or arrange for a studio visit…let me know if you’re interested!

~Teri

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