"Rentrer au Bercail" 12x12" mixed media © 2009 Shayla Perreault Newcomb.
The inspiration for "Rentrer au Bercail" came from a blog buddy, Gwen Buchanan from Desideratum. Before painting that day, I'd seen her first comment since she'd been away for the summer. Of course I was happy she was back and thinking about what her blog means to me sparked this piece. These are to me the colors of Fundy when the sand is wet and the sky is grey.
Gwen lives in romantic, sea-side, St. Martins in Fundy and her artistic country lifestyle feels like home. When I visit her blog, I'm curled up by her woodstove, with a hand made mug filled with something hot, and a chocolate chip cookie just out of the oven, with the chips all melted. Tom Waits plays on the stereo and her dogs nearby thump their tails on the floor. As Gwen tells me about her latest projects, the view of the Fundy coast on the way to the house and now glimpsed out the windows gives a profound sense of peace.
I like our city home and I am loathe to move. I love walking down the street to the library. I love that there are 12 galleries/ museums all within walking distance of my apartment and that the Artist Center and the Theatre are across the street. Having moved many times I'm now torn between that sense of peace from country living and the benefits of the city. An additional complication is that once you've lived by the ocean, it gets in your blood and in some ways you will always belong there.The painting above is a kind of country mouse/ city mouse story and "rentrer au bercail" means roughly 'returning home'.