At the age of 15, I considered myself a world traveler. I grew up a military brat, and in addition to living in many states across the US, the longest place we ever lived up until that time was Germany for four years. During our time in Germany, we explored many of the countries near our home in Trier: Luxembourg, Holland, Austria and East Germany (The Berlin Wall was firmly in place and I have distinct memories of looking over the wall at Potsdam Platz). Then at 15 I traveled to Brazil for a missions trip. You can see why I viewed myself a world traveler.
For the following 45 years I lived predominantly in the Midwest, most of those years right here in Kansas. So you’ll understand just how much this next statement means to me.
My trip to Scotland was amazing.
Not only did I get to travel internationally again, but I saw a new place and added another country to my travels. And it didn’t matter that a large Atlantic storm hit while I was there-my trip was amazing because of what I DID see and experience. The workshop with Moy Mackay was the kick start to a new season of creativity for me, the countryside was magical and changed with every turn of the very narrow roads (white knuckled it, I did), and the people I met every day were friendly, charming, and made me feel welcomed.
I’m excited to use some of the inspiration I gained from my experience in Scotland for new work, and above you see a couple of the images I will use as a jumping off point: The thistle throw pillow on my bed at Kingsmuir House and the view outside my window as the storm was coming in one night. Keep watching here-you’ll see pics soon!