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Luxury pure – sometimes you just have to treat yourself

Once again, being persistent and knowing what you want paid it off…
As my journey continued and I have been arrived at my new destination, I first went by the tourist office.  It was a surprise and disappointed to hear that there are only three hotels in this town.

What I did not know at this point was that there are tons of so-called chambres d’ hôte, which surprisingly are not considered a hotels even though they are much more charming and more beautiful as a regular hotel. Later I learned from my host, that these are private houses with max. 5 rooms in total to rent.
Thankfully I got a little booklet showing not only the three hotels but also these about 12 little treasures. After walking up and down the little town, looking at one place after the other, I came to this little street with the place I fell immediately in love with, “les galeries de Baulac”.
Since during lunch hours most places in France are closed down, this one did not make an exemption. Ringing the door bell did not helped and so I made my way back, pounding about the bad luck and the poor little me.
But once again remembering the lessons, I persisted, took all my braveness together and called this place by phone.
Only when you know how poor my French is, you can imagine how much this was an act of persistence. Probably one week prior I would have given up, but this time I knew that if I want to get what I dearly wanted, I had to go through this embarrassing moment and just hope, that it will work out.
And it did  and voilà,  now I am sitting here on my here in my deck chair enjoying the sun, the shade and this little paradise…

The pallet gets only more colorful

The last day painting this carol is over, we had a fantastic afternoon painting in Barry’s garden.
This afternoon has teach me an important lesson, the lesson of how to deal with frustration. I so much wanted to catch the amazing tree and house of Barry, a little paradise within the most beautiful landscape of southern France.
But all my wanting was not enough or it was too much to bring it on the canvas. Even after the help of Carol and her input of how to fix it.
So my disappointment tried to discourage me and the little Damon was sitting on my shoulder whispering in my ear over and over again that I am a fool to believe I ever could become an artist.

It was a internal cool down phase, until Barry was looking over my shoulder and commenting on my painting, telling me what he saw in it. He gave me the most important advice:

“never give up and never abandon a painting.  It will come back, just put it to the side and look at it every so often.  At one point you will be able to see the potential again and then you will be able to continue and finish it.”

This is the other side of the first teaching, that everything is under painting until you are done.
Being persistent, is one of the most essential lessons to learn.

Later that evening this statement was repeated again in a other discussion.