This is my view every morning. The towering Mt. San Jacinto set aglow with early morning sunlight. Growing up in Palm Springs, I took my environment for granted. Little did I realize how powerfully it had made its mark.
Wherever I was in the world, returning to visit my family would always be accompanied with the anticipation of knowing that soon I would be coming around Windy Point to view my mountain. Not called Windy Point for nothing, you can see one of California’s largest wind farms all along the base of the mountain.
Now, watching the desert blossom this springtime, I am home again. Whenever I relocated, I would always look for places where the flat land meets up with a great mountain. Taos is like that. I’ve wanted to live there since my first visit.
As a painter, I admire Georgia O’Keefe. Not only for her desert landscapes with clear blue sky and stark white bones. But also for the life she led. Her life too was a work of art. Living alone in the desert solitude and painting the hills around her, she created a life that reflected her sensibilities and fed her soul. Her environment was perfected suited for her purpose.
And now I’ve found that place for myself. Built in the 50’s Miracle Manor Retreat is a haven. You’ve already seen the view. This jewel of the desert landed in my lap at just the right time, giving me the best possible place to acclimate after leaving France. It fit my vision to a tee: wide open spaces, view of the mountain with the desert at my feet, peaceful and quiet.
At night, floating in the pool, staring into the vast night sky, I feel the peace I’ve been seeking. And as always, that beautiful desert glow.
This is the environment that I’ve chosen for the desert edition of Explore Your Creative Spirit 8-week workshop.
If you are a woman yearning to create, or explore your creativity, or looking for an inner adventure where you get to know yourself, join me for this series of classes.
Where: Laguna Beach CA + Palm Desert CA
When: Laguna Beach – Tuesdays beginning May 1st for 8 weeks.
Palm Desert – Thursdays beginning May 3rd for 8 weeks.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00
For our first class, we will meet at an art supply store to go over various media. You can purchase individual supplies at this time.
If you know someone who would love to participate, please forward this information on to her.