“Overtures of Flight” oil landscape painting by Emily Jeffords

"Overtures of Flight" oil landscape painting by Emily Jeffords

I came to the studio yesterday feeling pressure.  A dead car battery, issues getting the dumb thing fixed, a busted lip on my little girl, visual clutter in my home, emotional and physical tiredness…  not the way I want to come to the easel in the least.

But I got there in the afternoon.  Late.  Too late to finish a painting?   I might as well try, I told myself.  They’ll understand it if doesn’t work out today…

The girls were happy to be in their space and went right to work creating little watercolor pieces.   I turned up the music, let the peacefulness of that space wash over me, and set to work mixing shades of gray and peach, thinking about how uplifting the creative process is.

I think these little life events – nothing memorable, just every-day stress – allowed me to feel this painting.  It is more abstract and…

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(CNN) — For several months in 2003, I did the whole European backpacker thing. Which is to say I’ve seen nearly every cathedral within 1,000 square miles of the Danube.

“Are we cultured yet?”

“Shut up. Two more.”

It also means that I have an old journal filled out in the back with countless e-mail addresses from travelers I’ll probably never see again. This was before the heyday of social media, back when pretending to care about people you just met required considerably less effort.

Because now when you go abroad, you actually have to connect with your fellow travelers over Facebook. And then deny their Candy Crush requests.

Well, these casual travel friendships are about to go completely bonkers over the next two weekends as the world-famous Tomorrowland festival kicks off in Belgium.

I’ll get to why in a moment, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with…

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