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.