Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sucy and the Tuileries Gardens

Here's our  wonderful tour guide Michel showing us the museum in the 14th century castle. 
I wish we had a castle in Marshfield... sigh.

I forgot to post this from the d'Orsay. A model of Paris you can walk over. 

Art store! Monet shopped here. I bought a pen. There were artists smocks- I wanted one really bad.

These were in the window...

This is the Louvre from our picnic/painting spot in the Tuileries gardens. 

Nancy Howell Sargents painting...

Me looking so French! (sort of)
I wore that jacket every day- and I had a variety of scarves. Great thing to have on a trip is scarves.
My shoes, not stylish- but tres comfy. I was happy!

Who had too much wine?

These goats were fabulous lawn mowers.

AAAARGH! Do we have to leave????

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Creative crosswalks

I applied and was chosen to paint this design on a crosswalk in Scituate harbor. My theme was the Bates girls, the "army of two" who scared away the British ship during the war of 1812. That's the story anyway.....

I used my old backless chair as a way to save my back- worked great! My good friends mary Jo Wildes and Patty DeYoung helped both days - man they saved me!

Panorama shot below....

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Scituate Fantasy 22"x24" acrylic

This is a commissioned piece for a childhood friend- we reconnected on Facebook. She dreamed the scene and I painted it. It was fun to do! Things are whacky-out of proportion- and she requested a full moon in the daytime...  that's the way she wanted it to it.
I'm excited- today a bunch of South Shore artists are taking a bus trip to the North Shore to hang out with the peeps at the North Shore Art Association and they are going to show us around...and we get to paint!  It's a great idea! I hardly ever go there and there is so much to see.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Monique Magnifique Maison and Musee d'Orsay

Im a little out of order here but wanted to share these fun shots of our Sunday afternoon feast at the lovely Moniques house. Her son and wife and twi grandchildren joined us. We were especially very grateful to her 16 year old grandson ( who I didn't get a photo of sadly- gorgeous guys) who got ushooked up to her wifi! hooked up to her wifi! 

This was a special cake for dessert- a cheese cake type delight with a caramel sauce - and petit fors,,

Irena painting...

the pool was a little cool for swimming...

Front of her house,

beautiful planter

Look at her lovely kitchen!

beauty everywhere! 
below are some favorites from the Musee d"Orsay.

                   below- details of a painting from Italy- wished i had written down who did this!

The museum. It was originally a train station. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Finding Myself in France

I forgot to write about this. On our first night in Sucy- we were strolling about the little town ( LOVE the little village of Sucy- en-Brie!) Irena, Monique and I happened to look in the window of a candy store and my own art jumped out at me- and Irena's too! The chocolatier had uploaded our images from the sister city website and somehow printed our paintings on chocolate! It was a riot- I can add chocolate to the list of things my art has been on now...

Also- below- Irena found my studio in the Sucy cultural center. HAH!

I  added the Scituate Sister City link here too. 
Check it out! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Plein air painting

I've been so inspired to paint since returning from my trip. Must have been the Monets! This field of lupines is across the street from my house and I've always wanted to paint it. This was done in two sessions, both an hour and a half long- at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I might continue to work on it a bit , but not much....
Oil - 20"x20" canvas. Thanks, as always, for looking!

Sunday, June 14, 2015


 We visited this spot after our lunch in Printemps- and what a treat- watching the artists at work and having a glass of wine in a sidewalk cafe- SO French!

OOH la la you can see what attracted me here!

Many artists had studios or worked in or around Montmartre, including Salvador DalĂ­, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh.