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At a time when we can loosen up but can’t travel that far yet, I invite you to two places: An emotional place and a physical one.

The emotional place, or “the new normal”

At the beginning of all of this (i.e. the pandemic), I felt relieved.

Relieved because I was ready to immerse myself in the creation process. Was it also a way to numb the fear associated with the virus?

Of course I felt guilty of these “selfish” feelings to find out through my conversations with you that we were sharing a similar state of mind!

:: How many of you have wished to spend more time with themselves? With loved-ones?
:: How many of you have hoped to reduce travels and things to do?
:: How many of you have wished to enjoy nature and a simpler daily routine?

This new normal allowed me to spend more time looking by the window.

I have immersed myself into the life of the tree I can see every day from my window. He was naked at the time. He has now so many yellow green leaves…

I have explored what I was really missing, what was really important.

Spring from the window and the new normal, oil on canvas, 30 x 23 cm | 12 x 9′

This painting came to me.

It feels slightly weird. I am not sure where it comes from. But it is a true reflection of the mood of the day. Weird. A place of discomfort and growth. A new normal?

The second place is located in Northern Lapland.

It is a kingdom, a secret space, a place of deep nature.

I feel so grateful I could enjoy and visit it twice last year.

It is located 6 km from Kárášjohka (Northern Sami) or about Karasjok (Norwegian) or Kaarasjoki (Kven). It is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway (looks like a first scene from a James Bond movie).

No words or paintings this time. Just a video.

Wherever you travel, I love sharing this journey with you. Thank you for being here.

P.S. You can visit my new work(s) here or if you have any questions, simply get in touch with me through my contact page here.

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Photo credit: ©Juliette Frank de Cusey

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