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Thursday, May 03, 2012

More Can Serrat


More images from the residency. This is looking toward the grape arbor where tables are set up and where we eat. Last night we had paella (swoon); salad, bread, lots of wine flowing. 


All the kitchen appliances are named. The dishwasher is named Maria and here we have the refrigerators for the guests; Cesare and Augusto. I smile every time I pass by.


I walked into the little village of El Bruc yesterday to pick up some olives and wine and captured this scene. 


Here we are. Avenue of the dilettantes. 


Looking down at the canvases spread out on the lawn. As far as I can tell the group of Norwegians are each working on 2 canvases simultaneously; probably will do more as they are very steady. They brought rolls and rolls of various weights of cotton and linen- I think to get the feel of the various materials and to compare primed and unprimed. They party hearty at night but when it's time to get to work they're all business. I'm impressed.


In the kitchen looking toward the sink and Maria.


Another view of the kitchen. The tap water comes from the hills around us (springs?) and it's delicious. Lots of hot water for showers too - what a luxury. One of the women I spoke to yesterday is here on her 5th trip and I heard another say it was number 8 for them. Heaven! 

And while I'm thinking about how advanced they are: single payer health insurance. They love it. They can't understand why we in the U.S., such a rich country, don't have it too. We discussed politics. Yup. We did.


Another view of the industrious Norwegians.


I took so many pictures for you but burnt out on editing them. Maybe later. Here however is one shot of the flora. Asparagus grows wild and lots of succulents and roses too. Everything's in bloom it seems; spring has really arrived.


This is our building from the entrance gate. We're looking at the south-facing wall.


More of the big big paintings. (4-5 feet in each direction I'd guess but they vary).


Plein air painting. Sorta.


There's a well equipped printmaking studio here too and this is the giant press. 


Last shot of the day; the roof of Can Serrat from a different angle. Now it's time to hit the work table. I've done 3 little paintings so far and will show them to you when I'm sure they're done. xo

24 comments:

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

I'm mesmerized. Thank you, Judy! So glad that you are lovin it all.

huntla1 said...

What a wonderful experience of a lifetime! The place is gorgeous -- Love that kitchen, just exactly what I would picture for over there. Have too much fun and then tell us. Living vicariously thru you is the best!

Janie Husband said...

thank you so much for the tour with my morning coffee, judy.....i am jealous....

Healing Woman said...

After seeing these pictures, I not only want to go to the retreat but I want to MOVE there! LOL

Dorylyn said...

I am just speechless! I, too, would love to visit there!

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Seeing the round terracotta dish on the counter brings back so many memories of Sunday afternoons spent at the villa in Vallvedreda, looking out over Barcelona, to the sea, watching football (soccer) and nibbling chunks of sausage, brie and bread out of those terracotta dishes. We usually had paella for the main meal.

I wish I had brought one of those round dishes home.

Isabel said...

What beautiful pictures, just gorgeous place:O) Thank You for sharing:O)

Isabel said...

What beautiful pictures, just gorgeous place:O) Thank You for sharing:O)

Lynn said...

I love the white buildings and the colorful kitchen tile. I can almost feel the air as you describe your surroundings. I spent ten days in Malaga, Spain in 1961. What memories. Let me know if you find a fruit with big huge oblong black smooth seeds in the middle. It was to die for good. Soft pulp.

Keep sharing, I'm loving it.

robin west said...

thank you for taking me along for the ride!

Minnie said...

Ahhhhhhhh such a magical place. I know you will explore out and within. What is single paid Heath plan.

lori diane said...

felt like i was there...wishing i was there.

Gigi said...

Swoon. I want to go to this place.

Carol said...

I am totally enjoying your trip !! So kind of you to keep us up to date on your great adventure :0)

roc said...

i love looking at your photos and hearing your take on them. how wonderful your opportunity to be there is. love all the bright colors in the kitchen area. it looks amazing. can't wait to see what you are creating while you are there.

El Racó Natural said...

Hola Judy
Que sorpresa acabo de tener. Llevo un tiempo siguiendo tu blog i ahora descubro que has venido a mi país, y muy cerca de donde vivo yo. Me alegra leer que estas encantada del clima, el lugar, es un honor. Te deseo que disfrutes al máximo todos los dias que estes por aquí. Un abrazo.
Cristina Martí

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

thank you for sharing Judy.
can't wait to see and hear more from your adventure...
love you,
Dawn

Caterina Giglio said...

oh thank you for taking us along with you, I can only imagine how fun this would be... enjoy!

Kelly Kilmer said...

I love this. I love you!

Ahhh, single payer. Yes! Yes! I wish we (all of us) could openly discuss politics without going bonkers and getting angry here. It's sad.

Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your travels.

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, Judy, thank you for sharing. It is hard to imagine being surrounded by so much inspiration and no agenda other than to make art. Heaven, indeed!

lisa mitchell said...

Looks like you are right into the groove. What a wonderful location (isn't Montserrat breathtaking?!) and the residence, fabulous. If you are heading into Barcelona and want any tips or ideas for places to buy, visit, eat, etc just let me know and I'll share my favourites with you!! Salut! Enjoy! hugs from Madrid :)

Stephani said...

Beautiful! So much inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

Oh Judy! It is all so beautiful and wonderful. So happy for you. You deserve this. Soak it up and bring it home with you. xoxoxox

Jacky said...

Hi Judy, I am catching up with blogs (after a trip to Bali for 10 days).
I have always loved the idea of a residency, nurturing our artistic desires. Reading through your posts, seeing your wonderful photos, the culture and beauty of Spain and its peoples is coming to life. Your words are warm and wise...you are generous and unassuming. Such beautiful posts. Thank you for sharing.

Jacky xox