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What a bittersweet day!

Ladies and gentlemen, I uncover Canvas Twenty-Five:

Into The Wild

Into The Wild

Time to break tradition- this is actually a self-portraitūüôā
Photo credit goes to Matteo- my first Couch Surfer in the Marche region that took me on my first Marche adventure: a slippery hike through rainy, mountainous forests that included a near-death experience with a wild cow at the end of a mile-long, pitch-black “tunnel” with a very perilous ground. ¬†And an isolated monk with a motor scooter and poison ivy and an impromptu hail storm that resulted in a clear, quiet sunset. ¬†Oh, Italy.

I’m not sure what else to write here to wrap this project up- other than that this has been the most satisfying five-and-a-half months of my life when it comes to creation. ¬†It’s been a constant stream of inspiration and passion for these paints. ¬†I’ve loved mixing every hue and staying up through every night. ¬†I’ve loved getting lost in memories and daydreaming up new ones.

Now, it’s time to plan an art show in Austin. ¬†And buy that one-way plane ticket, and sell everything, and pack a bag, and make the hop across the ocean.

But, fear not, 25 Canvases will continue to live. ¬†I will continue to paint, no matter where I am. ¬†I like the concept of the project as well. ¬†So, I’m thinking, I can do other countries as their own series. ¬†Have a series for France and a series for Turkey and a series for Ireland and every other country in the world. ¬†And always have a plane ticket as a reward- even if it will not necessarily be one-way.

And I will always keep adding paintings of Italy. ¬†Because I’ll be living there soon and will only keep getting inspired by the view outside my doorway. ¬†So… don’t leave me; I won’t leave this blog.

Grazie mille a tutti. ¬†E’ stata una avventura.

And I hope that this is just the beginning, and that there will be many more adventures on the horizon.

Baci,

Simba.