So I took a trip to Italy. I had worried about taking a vacation by myself, or with anybody else for that matter, since my husband was absolutely the best traveling companion. So I got the idea of finding a painting workshop. I had never been to one, but I knew a little about them. I thought I'd probably like other people who painted and find them easier to talk to than just the normal run of strangers. .
Encouraged by friends and family members, I traveled far from home and painted. I also spent a few days in Florence by myself seeing sights. A lot of it was just wonderful. Some of it was awkward and lonely. Plenty of time and space for personal reflection. New ways of painting.