Roses are a passion and they are my muse when I dabble in paint.
There is no doubt in my mind that I tend to be a wee bit obsessive when it comes to roses...
David Austin Rose
Jude the Obscure
Boldly blooming today in our Humble Bungalow Garden.
David Austin Rose
Her intoxicating and heady fragrance scents the front border.
Reliable and stalwart Climbing Royal Sunset puts on a great show all summer long.
Her scent is very sweet and has a slight citrus fragrance.
A little luxury is growing roses and picking a few to bring inside our humble bungalow.
I notice roses wherever I go.
Paris and the South of France did not disappoint me...
there were masses of roses that stopped me in my tracks.
"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted."
~ Henri Matisse ~
I dabbled in the paint pot when I was in Auvillar.
Something about the clear blue skies and the bright yellow sunshine inspired me to use bold colours.
The France Holiday Series is drawing to a close soon and life is returning to "normal" here in The Humble Bungalow.
I have felt a definite shift inside me since going to Paris
taking time and allowing my thoughts and feelings to slowly percolate...
I'm taking notes of the small changes within me.
I would not have expected to feel so refreshed and invigorated after 3 weeks away.
Considering the scenic beauty of the landscape
the architecture and history
the rich culture
and idyllic setting it should not come as a surprise...
"a change is as good as a rest."
There is plenty to keep me busy here at home...
I've been taking time to savour the memories of my trip.
I learned one thing about myself while I was away.
I need to slow down like the people I met in the south of France.
I have a "do list" and try to do it all in one day!
So the lesson ~ test will be to slow down my pace...
(if I can)
and take time to stop and linger over a coffee
read an extra chapter in my book
So taking time to stop and smell the roses is a good place to start.
Oh and I forgot a few of my Paris purchases...
so there will be more in a future post.