She had made this place her home and said she would never leave it. Every day, she would climb from the large cave where she now slept up to the top of the mountains. “To be with the mothers,” she said. She would bring some small offering and sit in stillness. She would stay so long some days the birds who would rest on her shoulder might as well have built a nest in her long hair that sparkled golden in the summer sun.
There was a stillness about the scene. Yet, when he would follow, he would often feel as if the whole earth were being reformed before and beneath him. He could feel her guardians of grace springing up from the ground while the trees turned into dancers to celebrate this day with her.
She remained largely silent; but in her silence now there was a softening, as if all that was etched in stone here was somehow healing her, changing her, allowing her to forgive the tides of time and tyranny and come back to the life she spoke of in those moments she found her voice again with him.
What is your essential story of life? What is alive in you?
This painting is inspired by visits to Sainte-Baume, Provence, France, in 2016, and by all I know by heart. During my time there, the soul of France reawakened me and connected me more deeply to my soul’s story and memories from a life long ago. All Soul of France paintings explore experiences, natural landscapes, and the history of this land that speaks to my heart.
I'll meet you on the way!
ABOUT THE MAGDA SERIES. These are the stories that have lived in my heart and soul for the whole of my life. They are glimpses of one whom many remember and honor—the one known as Magdalen or Mary Magdalene. I call her Magda. Her story is alive in me and always leads me back to life and life to the full.
There are four series in the collection of Magda paintings:
Series 1: THE LIFE BEFORE Series 2: THE STORY THEY LIVED Series 3: ACROSS THE SEAS OF TIME Series 4: THEIR FOREVER STORY