Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Floating Memory

Years and years ago--too many to count, really--I took the most amazing trip to France that centered around painting en plein air in Giverny, where Monet lived and worked for much of his life. 

That's Me in the Hat   

We bunked and painted in the village, just a walk down the street from chez Monet, packing our brushes and easels in through the gates when the gardens closed to tourists. It's a whole other post in itself, actually. Although it happened so long ago, it was one of those soul-shifting experiences that I still carry with me and that influences who I am every day, even when I don't realize it.

This dress from Oscar de la Renta's pre fall collection brought it all back.

Oscar PR Girl

Oscar PR Girl

I can see the waterlilies drifting in front of me, reflecting light all the way back to where I stand today....

What are the beautiful life-changing moments that you carry with you, floating on the edges of your memory?


  1. Good morning..what a dreamy image to start my visit in blogland to! We also were there maybe 10 years ago and it was so magical to be in the very place that so much divine inspiration came from! I felt like I was in a fairytale. I tend to carry "that spirit with me" whenever I go to France, few places affect me but France always transfixes me in a way that no where can. Love the dress......

  2. Jeanne, you are on a roll right now. Your posts just get more and more lovely. I too have a photo of a young, impressionable me on that bridge. What an incredible experience that must have been for you...

  3. Such a beautiful post... and question...
    I would say my favorite memories are trips with my husband and my three kids to Ireland.... always longing to be back and all together. also... LOOOOVE that dress!

  4. Such a beautiful place, and I love the paintings from Monet and others painted outside. I can imagine painting there myself.
    Have a nice day, Jeannie.

  5. What an incredible journey that must have been - still is. What is it about France? I think taking our young sons to Paris in June 2010 was a complete shift. Being amongst such beautiful history, art and people reminded me to take it all in where I am.

    I also think my numerous moves have influenced me greatly. None of them were of my making, but I learned to embrace the change and the opportunity!

    xoxo Elizabeth



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