A Summer Journey

It all started with a FB communication earlier this year.  Our friends, who run a training center in the south of France for YWAM (Youth with a Mission), were inquiring to see if I would be interested in painting some pieces for the entryway of their 500 year old Chateau.  Knowing that I loved to incorporate words into my paintings and knowing how important art is to the French culture, they wanted some large paintings that communicated their missional words – not only in English, but also in French.  I jumped at the chance and my husband and I both thought it would be a great opportunity to deliver the paintings in person!

Here are the two paintings and above is the first page of my travel journal, which I will be posting daily on Instagram.  The pieces needed to be large enough to fit into the scale of the ancient entryway, and obviously we couldn’t take two 4 x 5′ canvases manually across the country.  That meant we needed to take them apart,  roll the canvases, and stack the stretcher bars.  These were t packed in large cardboard tubes with handles which we then “schlepped” across France to our final destination in  the village of St Hippolyte du Fort in Southern France.  After  some substantial time for the guys putting the bars back together, and re-stretching the canvases, we had the satisfaction of seeing them hung in their proper places, ready to greet any who walked through the deep red doors of the Chateau.   After a wonderful visit with our friends we spent the rest of our two weeks making our way across France and ending up in Paris.  My journal visually records a bit of the wonderful time we had.                                                                          

6 Comments for : A Summer Journey
    • Lois Stevens
    • September 24, 2018

    You and your work is AMAZING.. They are so lucky to have your work and I feel fortunate that you share it with us.

    • Audrey Tennant
    • September 25, 2018

    I love reading your Summer Journey and seeing your work. You are blessed!

    • Pat
    • September 25, 2018

    Beautiful work and what an opportunity!

  1. Reply

    Ruth, what favor the Lord has bestowed upon you. Blessings.

    • Kimberly Patterson
    • May 1, 2019

    It’s such a small world!y husband’s family knows Weiner family and we are friends with a young lady who is serving with them now at the chateau. I am very hopeful that I can join you on your trip next summer. Will this be the same location you are traveling? Blessings, Kimberly (one of the MOPS moms)

      • Ruth Korch
      • May 20, 2019

      Hi Kimberly. Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to the above. That IS such an amazing and fun connection!! I think the Weiners are only about 2 hrs away from the location we’re going to so we’re really hoping we can connect. And how AMAZING it would be to have you join. I just sent out my first letter of info. which you should have received. I’ll be praying that it works for you to come along.

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