Monday, March 20, 2006

Sun, stone, drought, silence and solitude

..."are the five ingredients that, according to Italian folk traditions, create the ideal habitat for the olive tree." I like to think that if I concentrate hard enough I'll be able to taste all five in the oil. Sometimes when I'm dipping warm bread into olive oil and balsamic vinegar I think of Van Gogh's paintings of olive trees. When I looked at my favourite painting of the series a short while ago, I was struck by the accompanying text, especially the last few words of a quote from one of Van Gogh's letters. "Very difficult, very difficult."

This will be my last post for a while. I look forward to seeing some of you at Talking Fresh. I really hope there will be cupcakes. I'll keep an eye out for the signs.


cara winsor hehir said...

ummm... i love van gogh.
i was comissioned a few yrs ago to recreate starry night with st. johns harbour.
here is the result and comparisons:
(will send phot of tne narrows taken from our bedroom window)

Anonymous said...

Safe journey, B. May you find many signs along the way!

And I love Van Gogh, too.


pohanginapete said...

But,... but,... you've only just got back?! All this literary gadding about and talking... Be sure not to let talking about writing interfere with writing: the doing of it.

Been years since I've eaten a cupcake. Maybe when I'm next in town I'll track one down, eat it, and blame you.

Ariel Gordon said...

I agree. I'm finding your gadding exhausting, even from a distance...

Maybe by the end of the month you'll be longing for some "sun, stone, drought, silence and solitude" of your own...

Brenda Schmidt said...

Cara, that's a great re-creation! Thanks.

B-) sorry I didn't see you at Talking Fresh. The best sign of the trip was at Swan River, Manitoba:
"Sorry Vacancy"

Pete, good point. The doing has been little of late. Things are fantastic on the cupcake front. I received the greatest cupcake of all at Talking Fresh.

Ariel, I just got home an hour ago. The weekend was incredible. I had a ton of fun. A ton! Talking Fresh was another smashing success.