Visual diary. Feb ’19


Some days are perfect.  Solitude, driving, glorious weather.  I saw a sign while driving, knowing something was beneath an overpass and found an exquisite canyon, the depth of which took my breath.  There was a tiny chapel at one end of the road, and the canyon below an ancient bridge.  My eyes and mind were bewitched by the sight of such depth and grandeur.

I then drove into the Lecrin Valley and took the road less traveled, passing no one, up a precipitous and winding road from Pinos del Vallee.. I found an abandoned house with endless views and the slightly cold wind was enough to refresh me as I had climbed so high.   I dared to go into the derelict building.  In places the ceiling and roof were non-existent.  There was a threshing floor and an old tiled swimming pool.  The house had once been very grand, or its intentions had been grand.  I didn’t know if it had ever been finished, but I think probably so as someone had added an extension, left unfinished.  It must have been abandoned for years, decades.  There was a dusty old bottle of Cava on a window sill, as if to celebrate something that had never quite happened. Or maybe it was a relic of its distant more glamourous days.











About alicemason1

Artist, painter. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use any works for your own websites, commercial ventures or publicity. If you would like to ask permission to use any works for your own ventures, please email me: or contact via this blog. Again, ALL WORKS ARE MY COPYRIGHT. Ask permission, and I will ask for a donation. Artists need to earn a living. Always credit an artist when you have obtained permission. I am an artist, illustrator and mother and live by the sea in the south east of England. I paint every day and am inspired by nature, mysticism and consciousness.. I hold art retreats in southern Spain. These retreats are for lovers of nature, art, walking, mountains, creativity, dance, music, yoga and meditation. I work alongside other artists to bring about these retreats. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use for your own purposes. If you would like to buy rights to use an image, please contact me on or visit my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop:
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