A Pilgrimage of the soul

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One summer I took a unique opportunity for Artists and photographers in the form of a workshop in Monet’s lovely village of Giverny. Located 50 miles West of Paris in the heart of Normandy lies the Home and beautiful gardens of Monet where he created the magic of so many wondrous landscapes. Interestingly enough Giverny was also a colony of American painters at the turn of the 20th century. The charming village and its surroundings have been painted so often by so many impressionist artists, that they now belong to the world of those who know and love it. The Pink House in Giverny which today belongs to The Terra Foundation accomodates artists in residence in the summer.  I was very curious myself to unlock the magic of  Arguentil, the surrounding mountains with its vast poppy fields. As I set about arranging my tubes of paint and canvas, I could almost feel the spirit of Monet looking over my shoulder and prodding me along. Painting in Plein Aire is such a different experience. Being in direct touch with nature, under the blue skies on a warm summer day, I let myself go with abandon truly enjoying the mystical moment.  

          After the workshop, I took a tour of the Home in which Monet lived for 43 years until he died. Everything was just as it used to be, very real, almost surreal. . The foyer, the bedrooms, the gallery, and the rest of the house with its furnishings intact. Other than the click clack of the humongous tourists, there was nothing museum like about it. His Japanese garden and the works of art that provided the inspiration,  had always intrigued me.  The gallery is a showcase of Monet ‘s impressive collection of Japanese prints, which has an interesting and unlikely birth. One would be likely to think from this expansive collection that they were acquired on a visit to Japan. In fact, Monet almost never left Europe. On a visit to Amsterdam, in a shop of Deft porcelain, Monet was haggling over an object without any success. Suddenly, he saw a dish filled with images on a shelf.  Stepping closer, he came upon Japanese woodblocks. The merchant, not aware of the value of these prints let him have them with the China jar. The dining room is decorated with this impressive collection of 18 th and 19 th century Japanese Masters. The tour of Monet ‘s home and this exceptional collection enables the visitor  to become imbued with the painter ‘s vision. His marvelous architectural planning of the garden, the various ponds and his detached artist studio are all proof of his passion. Monet ‘s love of water is evident  throughout. All his life, Monet lived on the banks of a river, be it the Seine, or The English Channel. His home in Giverny is a mile away from the Epte river. He even had a little Cabana there, where he stored his canvases. Imagine the joy of having a secret little hideout where you can go and play in total solitude !.

                             As I packed up to leave the awe inspiring abode, my curiosity somewhat satiated, I promised myself another trip back…. Au revoir Monet !  This is when my  humble rendition of  “ Field of Poppies “  was created . You can check it out at www.gitaart.com

Is Saturn (shani) a Judge

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In this week of Shani’s birthday, I am recalling a dream I had in early february soon after saturn entered Capricorn. In the dream, I was in a courtroom merely as an observer. I was seated in the very last row of the corurtroom with my back to the wall. Take note; I was well supported !. In front of me were seated the rest of the audience. In front of them, the defendant, plaintiff and the usual suspects. To my exact opposite, on the far side of the wall facing all of us, was the presiding judge in black robes. Who happened to be a dark skinned male figure. The court proceedings carried on, the judgement was dispensed and the session terminated.

I then found myself outside in the open air, and what do you know, the judge from the courtroom approached me very gently and kneeling down before me, proceeded to demonstrate how I should massage my legs, from the knee down with oil. This was quite strange until I found out the next day, that this is a popular remedy to improve your connection with Saturn!. Well, is this the same saturn who is labeled as stern, restricting, disciplinarian, slow moving and all other not so positive attributes ? I experienced a very gentle, polite, humble, caring and compassionate man concerned about my well being. What could this indicate ? Was I judged for something, passed the test and got rewarded. The reward being presented by Saturn himself. I am sure this will play out in time to come.

Workshops

Introduction to Dreaming February 16th 2020 from 12- pm at the The Castle Delaware Water Gap. To register contact Jude Goode at Judegoode1946@gmail.com.

Book signing event July 11th 2020 2-5 pm. Inner peace Wilkes-Barre Plains PA

Tarot Workshop July 23rd 2020 3-6 pm. Soul Journey Butler New Jersey

Dream Interpretation Gallery March 14th 2020 from 2- 4 pm. at Majoch Art Gallery 3275 PA Rte 115, Effort PA 18330. To register contact Ursula Machalick at majochgalery@gmail.com