Friday, September 06, 2013

A late summer journey

When you can imagine a life for yourself and dream
of taking risks and floating skyward,
life can carry you.....far

and so it was that I found myself miles from home
in a little village in the Bavarian region of Germany,

a place that wrapped it's arms around me and said,

My journey took place with artist Dori Stuffer,
an artist who's work I have long admired
 since first encountering her charming and luminous paintings
on her blog and website.

Upon arriving to the Forest of Bavaria, it is easy to see where 
the artist draws her inspiration.

Seeing these paintings before my eyes in her home was an 
incredible experience. I cannot describe for you the 
wonderful warm feelings that come from her work.

Deeply contemplative, always joyful,
The Art of  Dorothea Stuffer.

 (photo from Dorikult blog)

Life size sheet metal doe. (photo from dorikult blog)

Dori's shares with me her metalwork technique.

Our friend watches. 

This is Dori's dog Timmy.

Everyday we go to the farm where Dori keeps a small
flock of sheep, a red pony,

and chickens!

I visit the beautiful and humble St. Wolfgang Chapel.

Metalwork creations by Dori Stuffer
see more about pilgrimage markers here

Painting and words Ramona Felse

The chapel is the final destination on the route of the pilgrimage of St. Wolfgang.
A project undertaken that includes many hours of planning but when completed will last a lifetime.
Watch it unfold here.

Painted over a year ago and donated to the chapel, I see the painting 
hanging in the chapel behind candlelight 
and I write a few words in the guest book.

My visit ends much too soon and I am sad to leave,
for I have made many friends .

and many wonderful and  unforgettable memories.

with Hildegard at St. Wolfgang Chapel

holding pigeons with Dori and Xaver.


  1. Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey, Ramona! Now I'm so curious about what part the dog played in your visit!

    1. O, Valerianna, thank you so very much for asking because of the dog! Thank you for feeling with us. My old dog Timmi was bad hurted by a car, but the tale went on and - it seems to end happy. Let's see, what Ramona will tell. Some deatails you find in my blog.

  2. I enjoyed following your journey, it's really good to see you and Dori together, so much beauty, wonder, warmth and kindness shines through your photos, it brought warmth into my evening. May your bath always lead you to where kind hearts nestle and fill your eyes with wonders.

    1. ..."and fill your eyes with wonders..." O Hussam Elsherif! Thank you for these words! When I see this evening this true dream written and filled with photos, a poem of an uncredible tale - tears come into my eyes and heart, because Ramona fills my eyes with wonders.

    2. Hussam I am blessed with good friends. My time with Dori was beyond my expectations...truly.

  3. how wonderful that you gave yourself this experience
    were given this gift with artful friends

    i am so happy for you
    and it is a joy to see your friends art, home, land

    a bright smile to you

    1. Thank you Tammie, I had such a wonderful time!
      Dori is a wonderful person!

  4. Dearet Ramona, this is such a wonderful post and a poem of words and pictures! I feel you with all your emopathy and deep feelings always and always. You were like an angel visiting my situation helping me a lot, a soft-loving nurse for Timmi, a soul-consolator for me in this hard first hours and days wit Timmi, a good shephers and horse-whisperer and XAVER-WHISPERER.I LOVED to share with you so blessed days like at Wolfgangskapelle and on Arber - hous like stars shining through the autumn and winter and...all my time. And and and....

    1. Thank you for these words Dori. My time with you was beyond my expectations. I'm so happy if I helped you to feel better.

      Every day I think of some little part of our time together.

  5. Sylvia3:24 PM

    Lovely post!

  6. Oh Ramona this post is filled with such amazing beauty and gentle kindness. It made me smile inside and out. Thank you for sharing it. What beautiful creations of both yours and Dori's - and what poetic words you tell it with.

  7. Ramona, I think you must have dreamed a very long, very beautiful, intense, warm dream, and a great artist made an amazing inspired movie about your dream, and these pictures are stills from that movie. Right? :-)

    1. :-D!! Thank you for recognizing this.

    2. My heart is touched and I feel honoured and amazed.

  8. Ramona, thanks for sharing! I also find Dori's paintings to be fascinating and beautiful. Glad you could make such a wonderful trip!

    1. Hello Lisa, my trip to see my friend Dori and her wonderful art has enriched my life so much. Glad to see you here!

  9. I am also enjoying your art in the sidebars. I've just found your blog and look forward to exploring!

    1. Thank you so much Lisa!