Looking down from the town of Gruyeres - cheese heaven
Before embarking on the ferry to Evian, France - of mineral water fame
Ferry crossing Lac Leman (Lake Geneva)
On the ferry crossing over to France - no passport required!
Ferry Flying French Flag Forward
(Sorry - couldn't resist)
View from a cafe overlooking the lake near Prealpina
View from the same cafe - no photoshop just the vivid setting on my camera
Chateau Surpierre where the Burki sisters lived.
Gabi Burki still lives there with her son, Philippe. Burki cheese was the family's living....
(more cheese!) ....now the towers need re-roofing...Mon Dieu
Looking down from the chateau..another view from the endless supply that make up Switzerland
An old family retainer - Gabi's great grandfather was responsible for this
The dining room - lovely fireplace - one could roast a pig if one was so inclined...
Castle gate gargoyle
I recently returned to Switzerland for a school reunion. This was not a place where I had the happiest of memories being separated from my parents at a young age and away from my sunny childhood days spent in the intensity of life in Calcutta. Expat Brits sent their children away to school when they were ten and so, in his infinite wisdom (NOT) my father decided to do the same and hey - I'd learn French!
With some trepidation I returned to Prealpina which has now reverted to being a hotel and the cloud hanging over those years disappeared. When I walked in I felt....... NOTHING. That chapter has been put to rest and I was emotionally free to admire the truly beautiful view I had gazed upon for six years with resentful eyes. It seems that it is true - face your demons and they will vanish.
As a side note - everyone who saw it was incredibly envious of our view. If we complained about the school - the comeback was invariably: "But the view!" This became a running joke and we decided to name our reunion: "But THE VIEW!"
Semi-gloss clear coat will protect it from furniture and traffic
I have moved and I am transforming the second bedroom into my studio. All those guests trundling through will have to share space with my paints and assorted artistic paraphernalia..... I know they won't mind and will love being surrounded by my bold - cough - endeavors. :) But the new floors I put down were too dark and did not reflect light from the wonderful solartube I had just installed. After pondering on many wacky ideas I came to the brilliant conclusion that I should paint - a la abstract expressionist - on a white floorcloth and put that down to, not only reflect the light, but to make a statement about the process of creation that I struggle with joyfully most days. And it is done!
I created this larger version of SwimMeet #4 for entry into the BWS MidAtlantic show. I didn't have time to experiment with a new painting - the deadline was two weeks out - and, suffering from art show frenzy burnout, I decided to do a new one just larger. As my full repertoire was hanging in the show, I couldn't be sure that one I might have submitted would not sell! I should not have worried on both counts. :)
Nick and Nancy - not the best picture and that's what happens
when Amy makes you laugh with her picture-taking prowess
Louise and Elvia
...the minute you walked in the joint...
My former business partner and
marketing person extraordinaire Lynne, with her husband Mark
Sunday, January 9th finally came and, in spite of the freezing weather and a Baltimore Ravens playoff game (how can you avoid such things months in advance), the turnout was excellent! I had hoped for more pictures but the traffic flow kept me from taking many and friends also had their hands full chatting each other up. Many thanks to my friend and model, Amy Booe and to my teacher, mentor and friend, Nick Simmons who courageously arrived in spite of being ill and feeling well below par. Much appreciated master!