Dreams of Tuscany, Italy ©Susan Morrison Sims
20″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas
(Step into my dream, and walk with me. Just click on it…then click again :)
“The dream was always running ahead of me
to catch up to live for a moment in unison with it,
that was the miracle.
Hello Darlings…and so ’tis Monday again. Where does the time go? it seems like I was just on here chatting with you about rose bushes and moon tattoos.
I started this painting a few months ago, and recently I went back into it (and I still see something else I need to do). :( I do hope you will click on it twice so you can step into it. You will be able to see some of the trees far away, and you may feel my energy there, for it lingers in my work. ;)
I am feeling the urge to travel again..to fly far away from all I know in my world here. Something I never thought I would hear myself say about flying. Here is a little background about me and flying:
My first experience in flying was in a small four person airplane owned by a young man my daughter was sort of dating. Um..I guess you could say I was chaperoning? Okay, I admit it that’s just “spin” for a fiercely over protective Mother. :O Anyway, I think he was trying to impress my daughter by flying us to the west coast so we could have dinner at a nice restaurant. The whole experience was quite scary, and to top it off we ended up in a thunder storm and had to land!!! Needless to say, I was terrified and I vowed that would be my last flight! (By the way, she did not marry him, and thank goodness, because he turned out to be a quite a rascal!)
Over time, I had several opportunities to go to Italy to plein air paint. Of course, I found excuses to not go, but the real reason was my fear of flying.
AND YET..I kept dreaming of Tuscany, Italy.
Time kept passing until one day, the same daughter said, “Mama you have two choices about this…
!) You can NOT go and look back someday when you are no longer able to do such things and regret not going.
2) You CAN go and look back someday when you are no longer able to do such things with amazing memories and stories to tell.”
AND SO…I went
So on my second flight I flew over 13,000 miles in all. That was without any “relaxing” meds (to knock me out) which a lot of people suggested i take. Nope, if I was going to do it I wanted to feel and experience everything about it. Of course, I did not sleep the whole flight, but guess what I loved it, and that was a miracle!!
First, I was in Rome for a few days, and then on to Tuscany. I stayed at a working vineyard in one of the ancient farm houses tucked up in the Tuscan hills. I was away from my family and the only world I had ever known back in the United States. There without televisions, computers, and only a couple of the farm houses had “out dated” telephones in them (my cell phone didn’t work there).
Talk about an out of body experience!!
I was there for seventeen days with writers, painters, and photographers from all over the world. I painted with the group at first, but as I often do…I wondered off alone to paint, take photographs (over a 1000), or just sit or walk. At first, I was homesick and the separation from “what I knew” at home made me a little uneasy. it wasn’t very long though until I felt my whole being relax, finally surrendering to the magic unfolding there.
Now I love to fly! I’ve been to other places including back to italy, and I am planning a trip to France next spring. When I think of what I would have missed had I let my fears win. I learned so many things on that trip (deep spiritual things included). One crucial thing I learned was to not be afraid to do the things my heart longs for…”the dreams that run ahead of me” (don’t you just love that expression). That trip went far beyond a plein air painting trip abroad…for me, it was a life changing trip!! So much I could tell you..oh, you have no idea especially about my background ( hee, hee), but not tonight. I will not keep you any longer.
I still apply the choices my daughter mentioned to me. I apply them to little dreams and big dreams..and you can too. :) Ask yourself the same questions..filling (feeling) in your own blanks. I hope you will listen to your heart…don’t let fear keep you from the dreams that run ahead of you. Miracles are waiting! :)
Live, Love, and Dream Well dear he♥rts!