Over 20 years ago, during my first visit to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, I saw a painting that has inspired me ever since.
“Les Iles d’ Or” or “The Islands of Gold”, created by Henri-Edmond Cross in 1892 as he was living on the Cote d’ Azur of Southern France.
This pointillist work continues to resonate with me after all these years with its scintillating dots of colors and light.
It is a painting that evokes my fascination with water; the myriad shades of blue, the dance of light and shadow on the sea floor, and the play of reflections on the water’s surface.
Earlier this May we spent a week on the Cote d’Azur that so influenced Cross and many other Impressionist painters…
Stopping along the many beaches and harbors, taking in the views and the occasional aperitif of a good Bandol rose…
Sanary su Mer and its delightful harbor. Future paintings waiting to happen!
Living in Tuscany is bliss, but every so often I need to return to the sea.
Collecting sea glass is one of my many forms of meditation and there were so many treasures to be found.
We then discovered the island of Porquerolles, with its beautiful beaches and sheltered coves.
Then the Henri-Edmond Cross painting came to life:
Truly where Art meets Life! Over a hundred years after the painting was created, I could visualize what Cross saw as he painted.
I have always lived by the sea.
My many years spent chasing waves kept me constantly in and around salt water.Of course I had to take a swim.
Although the water of the Med in May is chilly, it felt great to be in such beautiful clear water. It was much like the waters off the coast of Turkey with the amazing shades of blue.
The Little Crab always returns to the sea… It was good to be back.