Let’s view the world through the eyes of an artist.
We are delighted to bring you the art and world view of this year’s Solo Traveler Artist in Residence, Marie Pottiez, a visual artist and traveler. On her blog, Miles of Happiness, Marie illustrates her journeys, inspiring people to travel beyond their comfort zone. Seems like a good fit to us. Here is Marie’s perspective, sharing her travel experience and a series of images of Provence. Marie’s illustrations are also available for purchase on her blog.
I can’t stay more than a couple of years in a city without feeling that need to move, to see something else, to explore another city, another region, another country… I can’t help it. I guess that’s what we call wanderlust. But there is something different when I’m in Provence.
Provence is the place I used to call home–for over ten years. It is a stunning region blessed with wonderful nature, lovely villages, and great architecture. You know how we always value things after we have lost them? I knew Provence was a beautiful region, but I didn’t realize how lucky I was to live there. It’s not just a beautiful area, it’s an incredible gem in the middle of a splendid country. We’ve got the sun, that offers perfect light all year long; the villages with their tiny authentic shops and little places; the markets (therefore the food!); and the traditions. We have the colorful facades of the houses, the pétanque, the Pastis, the wildlife, the mountains, the lakes, the cicadas, the valleys, the art… What else could we possibly ask for?
Luckily, my family still lives in Provence, so I have the chance to enjoy it every time I visit them. The region is vast, plus landscapes are totally different from one season to another, so there is always a place to amaze me. This is part of living abroad and traveling, right? To appreciate the beauty of the world. The little things we didn’t see before. To take the time to live life to the fullest. I am presently resting on a tree, looking at the lavender fields dancing in the wind, birds singing over my head, notebook and watercolors in my hand. No wonder so many artists settled in Provence.
If you enjoyed these images of Provence, see more from the Solo Traveler Artist in Residence in Images of London, Images of Nepal, Images of Paris, Images of Indonesia, Images of New York, Images of Tokyo, Images of Beijing, Images of Singapore, Images of Australia, Images of New Zealand, and Images of Hong Kong. You can connect with Marie on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest.