IFJM 15: Horses and Bulls and Flamingos, Oh My!

15 April

W15 4 15 IFJM 001“Gardian House Carmargue Region”

From my journal:  “Maybe it’s France.  We’ve had a shift in travel schedules . . . languid!  Took time for our lovemaking, and then a heavenly very French breakfast and favorite breakfast. . . brioche, a creamy cheese, fruit, [and for me] cafe au lait.  (M had un petit cafe — puts hair on your chest though it sounds sweet.)  We chilled.” 

W15 4 15 IFJM 002“Big black bull.  My first real (not plastic) flamingo.”

From my journal:  “Our drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer was only an hour driven straight through the Carmargue. . . We took our time, stopped to allow a sketch and to allow the important area fill our senses . . . Healthy marsh, somewhat flat by this California turned Oregon gurl’s standards.  Horses, bull with huge horns, and FLAMINGOS!  I’ve only seen lalaland plastic variety in person . . . and my own flamingo lights of course so this was a HUGE teat, and we saw flocks!”

“Dreams are free . . . So free your dreams!”  Astrid Alauda

W15 4 15 IFJM 003“Roma gypsy “RV” showing up for the festival in May.
I want one.”

From my journal: “Roman Carmargue Cross.  Faith Hope Charity.  Cowboy [gardian] fork/prong = Faith; Sea Anchor = Hope; Heart = Love or Charity.  Daughters of Sophia (Wisdom).”

“This country feels more foreign than Italy or France, a place onto itself.  A place of Magic, mystery, seduction, wildness, fierceness.  The mix of tarot and Catholicism, saints and heathens.”

“When we arrived at the Hotel Marie we dropped everything (no sketchbook) and headed for the beach.  HOME, no matter what continent.  Feet in Sand, wet toes, salt air smell of sea.  We necked like teenagers then walked some more.  Dinner was what I’d call ciopino, but I didn’t write the name, a type of seafood stew.”

“Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities and poor drawings no doubt crept in: forge them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you shall shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered in old nonsense.”  Emerson


Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil, De Artramentis Document and Super5 ink, and Daniel Smith, Holbien and QoR watercolors.

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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16 Responses to IFJM 15: Horses and Bulls and Flamingos, Oh My!

  1. Lucia Maya says:

    How fun and beautiful! I love that you’re doing this!


  2. anne54 says:

    I love the sketch of the house. The strong shadow makes it especially fine.


  3. joantav says:

    Great sketches! Love the flamingos!!! You did a great job on the thatched house. When I was in Ireland I was fascinated watching them repair one…very intricate designs.


  4. sandidureice says:

    Yes, I agree with Anne. That shadow is truly effective.


  5. Dana says:

    LOVE those flamingoes… boney legs and all!


  6. paulineleger says:

    oh i love this Katie… i feel like i’m right there with you. 🙂 Beautiful. xx


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