Time for input
I have had a lot of output since we moved our lives to Okotoks, went through a renovation process, and settled into a daily routine of getting up early and out to the studio by 6:30 am. I have been doing this faithfully for at least five months, seven days a week. And while I've taken some time to get out and smell the roses, or the crisp winter air in more recent days, I'm feeling the need to give myself a more extended break. That removal from routine is fast approaching, as Rob and I will depart for Cambodia at the end of the month.
This trip will be a little different than the ones I have previously taken. Heather and Ben are staying back to watch after Coco. They will go on a trip of their own as soon as I return to Canada in mid-February. And while Rob is travelling to southeast Asia with me, he is opting to stay in that part of the world longer than I. So, I will be making the trip home solo, an experience I have never had.
I always go on these trips with an open mind and heart. In other words, I don't over plan anything. I prefer to see what happens while we are there and just go with it. I anticipate spending lots of time in the village where the house we have sponsored will be built, getting to know the families and the neighbours. I also imagine that Rob and I will spend a day out at Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.
My camera will always be close by, capturing the experience and providing fodder for future paintings. As I sit here typing, I'm thinking that it would be interesting to do a collage of all the paintings that have emerged from my time in southeast Asia. (I took a few minutes to put that together. It is at the top of this blog post.) This will be trip number three for those who are following along.