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Monday, February 29, 2016

New Home - Leap Year


New Home
11x14' oil on linen SOLD

this was a demo and the white blob
at top right was taken care of
later.

Artist Note.
I arrived in this country 
from England
on a February 29th...yes,
a Leap Year.

My new forever 
home and country. 

I had not wanted to 
leave my family and friends,
but my husband had a
job opportunity 
too good to pass up.
I remember crying to 
my mother that I didn't 
want to leave England and 
she said..."you go where 
your husband goes."
But, she was crying too.
I had an 8 month old
child she must 
have hated to see go.

I remember how
I felt so out of place
and in awe at the size
of everything - 
from the skyscrapers
and cars to the food servings.

I was from a big city with 
great transportation and 
I had never learned to 
drive...but I was a fine walker!

Coming from England
I presumed there would
be no language difficulties,
but found my ear for 
American-English 
was severely lacking
and apparently...
 it was reciprocated.
I was from the north
and had an accent.
I had to repeat myself 
all the time.

The years flew by.
I had another child.
I became a citizen. 
My friends 
became my family 
and I truly  fell in love
with the amazing USA
...warts and all!

Today I celebrated
another one of my every 
four years anniversary
with deep gratitude.


48 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your story and your nest Julie! My husband and I married on the 29th a long time ago so we have 4 yearly celebrations too! :)

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    1. Hi Leesa - what a fascinating collage of frames, sculpture and paintings. I took my time and enjoyed discovering all types of things - some I am familiar with and others not.
      The leap year is certainly something to appreciate.. . it makes it more special somehow. I guess you celebrate on the first of March on the other years. Happy Anniversary!

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  2. Bonjour chère Julie,

    Cette belle peinture illustre magnifiquement bien votre récit. Vous avez quitté votre nid et vous dû apprendre à vivre autrement... Une belle expérience.
    Pour les mamans, il est aussi très difficile de voir partir ses enfants que ce soit loin ou près... C'est souvent une page douloureuse de la vie qui se tourne et pourtant au fond de notre coeur nous savons que c'est nécessaire.
    Un petit billet très touchant et qui m'émeut.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. here is the Hello dear Julie, This beautiful painting beautifully illustrates your story. You left your nest and you had to learn to live differently ... A beautiful experience. For moms, it is also very difficult to see from his children be it near or far ... It is often a painful page life that turns and yet deep in our heart we know that what is needed. A small ticket very touching and that moves me. kisses ♡
      Thank you Martine for your sensitive understanding.
      I adore the painting and also the story of the citrus event in France. Wow - it is really amazing what they do with those lemons.

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  3. Julie-

    Your nests are always so elegant and graceful. I love the subtle little bits of blue carried throughout.

    We are lucky to have you! And you were courageous to move all of that way. The place must have seemed exceedingly strange to you. Dismaying even. It grows on you after awhile though doesn't it? :):):)

    Libby

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    1. Thanks Libby. No, not courageous...remember I did not want to come. Not dismaying I was just homesick. I missed my family and friends terribly. Gradually I made friends and it made the world of difference. Had a great job after about 18 months and after five years we owned a home. In the US all things are possible.

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  4. What a sweet story Julie. Thank you for sharing it with us.I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to move to a new country, to leave your family forever. Did you see the movie "Brooklyn"? It was a brave move indeed.

    You posted the perfect painting to go with your story.

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    1. Yes, I saw Brooklyn and it struck a few chords. I was blessed that I had two sisters to stay near my parents. I could never have left my mother if she was on her own. She ended up joining me here later on, and as an arthritis sufferer, found she loved the dry heat and sunshine.
      Thanks, Carol.

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  5. Julie! Happy Anniversary! I am so grateful that a turn in your life brought you here! You are an inspiration and a blessing to so many people. I am at the top of that list! Great painting too! LMB

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    1. You are appreciated LMB. Thanks for taking the time to write this special comment.

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  6. I loved reading your story Julie. It is hard for me to imagine crossing the ocean permanently as you did, and with an 8 month old baby! Brave soul. I am so happy you came because if you had not, we would have never met. I wonder if I would have ever found your blog, or if you would have even started a blog had you stayed in England? I think your mom was wise to give you that advice even though I'm sure it pained her to do so. And four years is a long time in leap years. :)

    I sure do love your nest paintings and you know how I love your accent.

    Hugs

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    1. Sweet Lisa, We would have met no matter what. Your art spoke to my heart as soon as I saw it. Meeting you was confirmation that you paint your stories from the heart. We are forever friends.

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  7. A touching painting to go with such a lovely story. It must have been such a big step to leave your home country for the unfamiliar. Life takes us to places unknown sometimes. I imagine England doesn't seem as far away now with Skype, Facetime, Cellular service, etc. I'm so delighted that we met, Julie, via blogging!

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    1. Hi Carol - Nope - no Skype or Facetime - Emails are the choice mainly due to the time difference and our work schedules.
      And yes...England still seems far far away from New Mexico. I can't stand flying!

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  8. And that, my friend is why you are so loved by so many artists. Oh yes, the painting gives a sense of serenity with the soft color combination.

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  9. Lovely words to go with such a gentle painting. All about nests. Perfect.

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  10. What a beautiful post Julie!!! It's amazing what we learn about people from the computer... You are amazing in so many ways ...and so brave for taking that first step that brought you home to us!!!! LOVE this piece!

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    1. Love you and your comment - thanks so much, dear Hilda.

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  11. Such an exquisite nest painting; you do them so very well! The little egg that slipped out makes me anxious, but perhaps it will still thrive as you did. Your story is a touching tale of ties that bind to home and away, as well as to past and present. It's also a lovely tribute to your adopted home. Like your other friends, I'm pleased you made leap! Cheers, Julie, on your anniversary..

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    1. I keep saying it, but you write so amazingly well, Helene. Thanks for this beautiful comment.

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  12. the size difference was one of the main things I noticed moving here. everything is so small here :p houses are tiny and don't have a basement, but if you are lucky they have a loft :p that and being on the other side of the road in a car made me car sick :/ TMI

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    1. If I get it right you say on your blog you say " a Canuck in Haggis country."
      Canadian living in Scotland?
      Absolutely agree - the houses are MUCH smaller over there unless you are at Sandringham.
      Driving scared me to death - never mind car sick. Those little roads should never be two-way! Are you there permanently?

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    2. probably permanently, unless I got a well paying job in Canada lol
      some of the roads dont even look big enough for one car let alone two
      yep, canacian in Scotland but thankfully most of the places I lived there was a heavy Scottish influence, so not too much of a culture shock when moving.

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  13. Beautiful post and lovely nest painting Julie!

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  14. I love your paintings of the nests!!! You always have such wonderful texture in your paintings! Glad to hear your story...looks like you lucked out and so did we!

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    1. Hi Joan - such a nice comment - thanks. I certainly feel lucky.

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  15. Your nest painting is beautiful!! I love the gorgeous touches of baby blue against the earthy colors. Your story really touched my heart. Life has a way of throwing us in directions we never imagined.

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    1. You are so right about life. I remember as a teenager reading a book about New York city -never dreaming one day I would be there.
      Thanks for liking my nest.

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    2. You are so right about life. I remember as a teenager reading a book about New York city -never dreaming one day I would be there.
      Thanks for liking my nest.

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  16. You came from one wonderful country to another wonderful country, so different in many ways, but I would love to live in both...maybe another time around :-) Your nest is incredibly beautiful, of course it would sell !

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    1. So true, Jane, and it is a good way to look at it - I am fortunate enough to have lived in both! Thanks for the understanding. You emigrated yourself to Italy from Denmark, right?

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  17. BEAUTIFUL work and POST! Have a GREAT DAY!

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    1. Thanks Sue - and will do! You do the same.

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  18. The birds nests paintings are my favourite - particular the long narrow one with a nest at the top.

    I can imagine how your mother felt. My own baby granddaughter married an Australian. She took a tiny boy with her and is having another next month down there. Thank goodness for Skype

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    1. Ahhhh, the voice of true understanding. Having a not only a grand daughter but also a great-grandchild move away must have been very difficult. Those darn manly Aussies - too irresistible!

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  19. What a beautiful story Julie and furthermore, it's real! We've moved a few times and it's always heartbreaking, even if we moved just from a city or province to another. Thanks for good friends!
    Your painting will make some people quite happy! Congrat

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    1. Hi Helen, it is true about every move, even in the same country being difficult. I have had many in this country. east coast - west coast and cities in-between Finally I hope I am in my last home with only one move left.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  20. Such a lovely story, Julie. I am so glad you came to the U. S. I find myself wondering what it would be like to live in another country. I did it once and think I would like the opportunity again. Your nest painting is beautiful, as always.

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    1. This is a shock. A blogging mirage? hello Sherry. It has been a loooong time!
      I think the difference is if a person wants to move or HAS to move.
      I know you have had a desire to move to Oregon, but England has a similar climate. You probably would enjoy yourself.

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  21. Dear Julie - thank you sweet friend for sharing your story about coming here to America. I have so always wanted to visit England. The places I visit on those living in the UK really remind me of where I live here in the U.S. Have you always lived in New Mexico? It too is someplace I hope to visit someday.
    By the way your bird's nest is absolutely the best. Your love for this subject always echoes in your painting. By the way I am so glad you grew to love it here. Take care friend and have a wonderful day. Hugs!

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    1. England is a lovely country for sure. I see areas in this country which remind me of parts of it...mainly It is the architecture which is distinctly different. I have lived on both coast and in-between. Las Cruces, NM., is my 9th city - courtesy of hubby's job.
      Love the moon quotes.

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  22. Julie, what an upheaval you had to deal with as a young mother but how brave you were to make it work so well. You certainly convey the joy you have in your life through your artwork and also the love you have for your adopted land. I am soon to visit it for the first time and am so excited about it!
    I had to laugh at your comments to John about those "darned manly Aussies" I'll have to tell my husband that! Although, he emigrated from Scotland when he was three!
    Love your birds nest!

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    1. I am enjoying your book, Wendy, Not halfway through yet but I have a feeling you are a brave lass too.
      How marvelous to hear you are visiting the USA and wish you were coming to New Mexico. I would be fun to meet you. We just enjoyed some Australian artists in an exchange art show here in our town. Fabulous artists.
      Married to a Scott eh - another "manly" race!
      Thanks for the visit.


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  23. You always bring us valuable insight. I too love your beautiful nests and the extra meaning provided by your story makes it particularly special. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Julie, We are lucky to have you here!
    Your amazing paintings always make me look deeper into the subject.

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Julie