Hey, there all you lovely people, art lovers, friends, family, and fans….
I’m not sure if people consider a stay-cation as a real vacation. Technically, I am working, granted unpaid, but being an artist and loving it, this is what I do on a stay-cation. I am not working a “job” or attending classes at a live school and am healthy enough to enjoy time off! Think about that… what does a painter do on vacation? PAINT!! I have been off school since August 4th, I did three classes this summer. Now I have 11 more days without a set schedule to spend as I choose. Woohoo!
All art by Jean Bourque copyright 2017.
During the summer of 2009 I took my last vacation. I went to NYC after a long absence. Much to my surprise between 2001 and 2009 Starbucks had sprung up everywhere! That was my last trip anywhere, except Chicago in 2016 for the Art Teachers Convention.
I miss going to NYC. I went two or three times a year during the late 90’s and early 2000 and 2001. My longest trip there was the summer of 2001. I stayed with an artist from the Ward Nasse Gallery where we both showed our art. Her home was in Long Island and I really appreciated being hosted at such a lovely place, We commuted to the city during the week and then stayed the weekends at the Holiday Inn on 57th St. across the street from the Coco-Cabana, with its multi levels of dance floors. Ahh, what a fun place and a fun time. I met everyone from Ward Nasse Gallery and discovered the owner knew my Grandfather when he was in MA. Surprise!
Many years ago… I had another vacation, another place, another time… Bermuda on the water was incredibly beautiful. Unfortunately, two of my three traveling companions ended up being sick the entire trip. Sharon and I felt bad leaving them to suffer with their illnesses in the hotel room. However, they both said go and we knew we had to explore the island. We were so surprised when we took our first cab, how fast they drove on narrow streets. We hung on for dear life as the landscape rushed by. There were bikes and mopeds everywhere we looked. I suggested we rent a bike or a moped and Sharon looked at me like I had three heads. Finally, we arrived at the touristy capital filled with tiny little shops brimming with souvenirs and tourist trap spots. We found a little cafe and had lunch, walked around a bit and then decided to walk back. Sharon was tired and I longed to go to the beach and go swimming or at least wave jumping.
My favorite spot on the island was the beach. Our hotel room was on the beach and I walked the pink sands and explored the area alone. I couldn’t help but notice no one was in the water. I thought how odd. Yes, it was February, but to me coming from MA it looked and felt like summer. I found a spot to put my clothes and hide my camera and went into the water and it felt so cool, so good, so refreshing. The water was an amazing aqua color. Heck in MA even in the middle of the summer the water (in the ocean) never got this warm or looked this amazing. I suspect the water temp never gets above 45F even in summer in New England. I guess I should google that. LOL!
My little stay-cation seems sadly lacking by comparison. But then when I really think about it, I am very happy here staying home for a few weeks doing what I want to do (paint, write, learning to play guitar, visiting friends, and web surfing). Isn’t that what a vacation is: doing what you want to do, when and how you want to do it? Sure, I would love to go to NYC, Bermuda or Berlin, but for now, this IS just what I need…to stay home. Believe it or not, this is turning into a great vacation, even if it is a stay-cation. There will be plenty of time to travel, next summer and all the years ahead. When one has a super busy life and rarely gets to stay home, it becomes a treat to stay home.
Honestly, I hope everyone is having a great summer! By the way, if you like reading my blog or seeing my art, please follow this blog or bookmark it. Thank you.