Tu Me Manques (I Miss You)

I haven’t traveled in a very long time. I’ve been missing that; packing, temporary goodbyes, airport/train/taxicab anonymity, temporary new hellos, getting used to unfamiliar air and nighttime sounds, perspective shifts, new goodbyes, home again home again. 

The Changes Happen All at Once I 31" X 49" acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once I 31" X 49" acrylic on canvas

I love revisiting this body of work, painted in an old convent over a short year in a tiny french village I moved to in a September. 

The Changes Happen All at Once II 31" X 49" acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once II 31" X 49" acrylic on canvas

We had a market, two boulangeries, a post office, one tabac, and the train station

The Changes Happen All at Once III 37" X 37" acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once III 37" X 37" acrylic on canvas

the countryside went back and forth from wide open fields of cows with wide open faces, to sherwood forests lined with wildflower trenches. I ran a lot back then, I jogged through the transition from fall to winter to spring, I got to breathe an entire breadth of seasonal airs. 

The Changes Happen All at Once IV 25" X 37" Acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once IV 25" X 37" Acrylic on canvas

the convent was cold stone with a warm kitchen. all the colors are here in these paintings. they feel so old and soft to me. 

The Changes Happen All at Once V 25" X 37" acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once V 25" X 37" acrylic on canvas

I miss that home. I can see everything I left behind, simplified in form, scent, sound; garden, staircase, farm, road, bread, milk, piano, stone.

The Changes Happen All at Once VI 31" X 41" acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once VI 31" X 41" acrylic on canvas

One day I arrived, and then I was there, and suddenly I was home again. 

The Changes Happen All at Once VII 31" X 49" acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once VII 31" X 49" acrylic on canvas

The Changes Happen All at Once 1 - 9 were painted at PAF in St. Erme Outre-et-Ramecourt . They are on view at Gallery 903 in Portland, Oregon.