Saturday, January 21, 2012

Au revoir, VCCA! Bonjour, The Real World!

I've had a wonderful time at VCCA!  I got a lot of writing done on the new book, but I also had time for fun with the visual artists.  In fact, one night photographer, Tucker Hollingsworth decided to create a photo shoot, starring the author Joyce Maynard.

 Joyce Maynard, wrote  "At Home in the World", "To Die For" which became a movie starring Nicole Kidman, along with many other books.

I played lighting director!
Oh, and I'm with the artist, Suzy Sureck.  She was the stylist on our shoot.  More on her in a moment.
I also wanted to show you this from the artistic team of Gibson and Recoder.  
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder use film, loops, and lighting to create wild and mesmerizing installations.  After watching their latest film, I am having the wildest dreams!
And speaking of dreams--here's Suzy Sureck in front of her new work:
While at VCCA, she's created all these very dreamy "pillows" that seem to be pushing right out from the other side of the subconsciousness.  I noticed she was reading Milan Kundera.  So maybe that has something to do with it.  

Yes, I did spend an afternoon visiting the visual artists!
Here's Kathi Smith with her gorgeous paintings.  You can see she's very influenced by her life in 
New England.  I love all her colors!
The visual artists live in such a tactile world.  For me, it's all so fascinating!  
I even find their paint-splattered sinks intriguing!
However, I'm a little sad to say, my time is almost over and tomorrow, Sunday, I am leaving for Frederick, Maryland where I will be signing copies of Bonjour, Happiness! at the Barnes and Noble at 1 p.m.  If you're in the area, please stop by and say, Bonjour!
For today, I am saying my au revoirs before I'm get on the road again.
Goodbye cows!
Here's my favorite one.  I named her Bessie.
I think Bessie wants me to take her home with me!
And I would take her with me, but well...if this were a dream, but I'll be returning to 
 The Real World!

12 comments:

  1. What a fabulous place to spend time being creative...
    it does look like you had fun too!

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  2. Yes, it's been really lovely, Leslie. You know, Cheryl's been here many times and of course Auvillar is run by VCCA. I hope we meet up there one day and have fun with Cheryl and John!

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  3. You are right Jamie, this is a dreamy place...I feel energized and exhilarated just reading and seeing what you share! How fabulous.. And that sweet Bessie:))
    Too cute.
    Thank you so much for your e-mail address..I will speak with Yvonne on Monday regarding the interview!
    Bonne Journee Chere Jamie,
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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    1. Bonjour, Irina. Sorry for the delay. Thank you so much for your sweet comments and for telling Yvonne about me. I will email her tomorrow. Happy Valentine's Day from Sunny Florida! xo Jamie

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  4. Hi Jamie
    Glad that you had a productive time on Mt San Angelo. I can't wait to get there, Feb 28th for a much needed month of painting. Hope to see you in France. xo

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    1. Bonjour, Cheryl--Yes, VCCA was wonderful! You'll be there very soon now. Have a wonderful time and yes, hope to see you in France! Love, Jamie

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  5. Dear Jamie, Bonjour!
    I hope you received my e-mail regarding Yvonne's contact info. Please let me know if you need any more details, or if you have questions...
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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    1. Bonjour, Irina--I did receive your lovely email. Just catching up and will write her tomorrow. Merci beacoup! xo Jamie

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  6. Chère Jamie, I have just discovered your blog through Palomasea and now have read all of your posts back to 2010! I feel a kindred link with you and now will be ordering a book (or two).

    Happiness, travel, French people and French everything, making your own happy... regardless of age. Merci!

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. Bonjour, sweet Genie! Merci beaucoup for your lovely comments and for ordering the books. I am going to sign up for your blog! We are obviously kindred spirits! a bientot, Jamie

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  7. Is it my imagination, or does Tucker look like a young handsome Edward Norton?

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  8. Hmmmm... I think you're right! I will tell him so!

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