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Do You Know the 5 Muses of Tuscany?
I invited a couple friends to be my muses, to inspire me with their views of this magical place. I thought they would cause the Tuscan Lifestyle to seep into every fiber of my being.
And they did!
Together we discovered the real Muses of Tuscany and I can't wait to share them with you.
#1 Wine . . . Chianti to be specific, as that IS what one drinks in the Chianti Region of Italy. And of course, Vin Santo, the delicately sweet nectar Chef Danilo and Grandpa make in the vineyard on the hill.
#2 Paint . . . Whether painting in my watercolor journal at a bicycle race in Figline, a castle in a vineyard, or with oils on the terrace overlooking the Arno Valley just down the street from our apartment ~ the colors of Tuscany began flowing immediately.
#3 Food . . . Chef Danilo treated us to a traditional Tuscan dinner party in his private restaurant. From my first taste of real Italian anti-pasti to homemade pasta and Tiramasu, I knew the real muse was in the kitchen. A cooking lesson with Danilo confirmed it. Like the Energizer Bunny, Danilo coaxed Florentine Ravioli from our fingertips, whipped up his Garlic Butter Sauce and there we were at another dinner party laughing harder than I've laughed in years.
#4 Tuscan Landscape . . . That dreamy landscape I'd imagined for decades was everywhere. Misty morning sunrises on vineyards below the balcony, looked different every day. Some mornings Florence drenched herself in sunlight. In the evening, she twinkled below the Super Moon. Living in that landscape, with its ancient villages and artifacts, profoundly moved dreams to real life.
#5 Gracious Italian People . . . Last but certainly not least, the Becattini family who were our hosts welcomed us like family. Chef Danilo and his wife, his son Lorenzo, and grand parents showered us with their magnanimous spirit. Unsuspecting of the contageous nature of such generosity of spirit, we opened our hearts and let them inspire us deeply.
So deeply words cannot express, and so I show you in paint.
A year later, I feel as though I TOO am an energizer bunny.
You don't need to be an art critic to see the difference in my new paintings!
Waking Dream . . .
I have teamed up with Chef Danilo to create a Muses of Tuscany Creativity Retreat. 8 people will live and play for 8 days and nights.
Find out how the colors of Tuscany can seep into your life
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