new friends in our cottage

by Sharon Santoni
I have often said how blessed we are to host such wonderful guests here, from all over the world.
[blank]This week has been no exception.[blank]
[blank]Not only have these three ladies been totally charming as they have sped around Normandy, visiting churches, markets, brocantes, landing beaches … you name it!  If it sat still they saw it![blank]
Mary Jo, Chris and Dee are also extremely talented artists.  They paint together or individually, their friendship deepened through their shared passion and talent.
[blank] In between visits they found the time to make friends with Gibson and Ghetto
 – hugely appreciated by these playful pups.[blank]
[blank]Take a moment to browse their sites, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed![blank]


La Table De Nana May 27, 2013 - 7:44 pm

What beautiful ladies..and art~

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest May 27, 2013 - 8:07 pm

You are such a gracious host. Your guests are amazing artists! I love their styles!

I would one day love to meet you myself.

Sophia Home May 27, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Stunning paintings……..Three very talented ladies!

Sophia x

Terra May 27, 2013 - 10:21 pm

I like each of these paintings, such talent. They see with an artist's eyes and look like happy guests.

Reply May 27, 2013 - 11:45 pm

Lovely art ladies! A joy to see!

Colleen Taylor May 28, 2013 - 6:37 am

What a joy to see that you had these lovely artists visiting you! Their work is gorgeous, all 3 of them. Women after my own heart. xo

Flora Fascinata May 28, 2013 - 8:28 am

I love their work. What beautiful, stylish women and off travelling together. That's really special. Lucky friends. Xx

Marina Pérez May 28, 2013 - 10:39 am

Wonderful guests! I have to know their sites, I love the painting.


david terry May 28, 2013 - 12:42 pm

How interesting……I now know of four groups of artist/friends who travel together, paint together (while also painting individually)….and who are all female.

I'm in the business, myself, and I've never encountered or even heard of a group of male artists who travel together. I can cite some historical examples, of course, but none past 1950 or so.

Odd, isn't it? The phenomenon has to have something to do with that old, tired stereotype of the driven, solitary, "genius" artiste (almost always a man…I can't think of any female examples excepot, perahps, Frida Kahlo….and even she was markedly playing second-fiddle, all too often, to Diego Rivera).

Oh, in any case…how nice to run across this posting of yours. I'm suddenly thinking of all the writer's clubs, gardeners' groups, etcetera…..almost all of which (in my experience) are female dominated.

I probably wouldn't be the first to theorize that these productive & happy groups focus on being collaborative rather than competitive.

I probably should admit that I'm neither collaborative in the least nor particularly interesting in competing. I don't think anyone's ever seen me working (a fact that's been noted by a number of friend's and relations). It's an odd sensation when your own parents and partner tell you "I've never seen you actually working….".

Well, thank you, Sharon, for this happy posting…your guests/new-friends do seem like lovely folks.

David Terry

david terry May 28, 2013 - 12:46 pm

P.S….."Peonies and Lace" is a really lovely painting. I'd own that with great pleasure (HINT?????).


Curator May 28, 2013 - 5:33 pm

There may be some haggling over "Peonies and Lace"!

BRASWELL May 28, 2013 - 5:35 pm

what a great photo of your great guest(all the photos are charming but adore the ones with the doggies)

Amelia May 29, 2013 - 12:34 am

One of the benefit of having a guesthouse the interesting people who come to stay. What charming and lovely ladies with talents to matched. Thank you always for sharing a glimpse of your interesting guests. And can't resist any pictures of Gibson and Ghetto…:)

Elena May 29, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Beautiful paintings and photos!

Stacey Snacks May 29, 2013 - 10:43 pm



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