Thursday, June 28, 2012

Prefecture de Police - Paris



This is the Prefecture of Police near the Citi Metro stop.  It's one of the few with the original art nouveau Metro signs.  I like the swirling organic stems and leaves made of beautiful dusty blue green metal, which matched the roof of the building.



In front of the Prefecture is an outdoor market of plants, flowers and shrubs.  When you come of the metro, for an instant you're not sure you're still in Paris because of all the greenery and the smell of earth.

-Linda

Friday, June 22, 2012

Park Ranelagh - Paris


Chris and I had visited the Musée Marmottan Monet, which has the best collection of works by Claude Monet.  We also lucked out because they had a special exhibition of the work of Berthe Morisot, the only woman painter who exhibited with the impressionists.  I love her intimate scenes, loose brushwork and vibrant colors.

This is the Park Ranelagh, which we discovered when we took a lunch break from the museum and picked up some pasta and carrot salad at a local deli.  We ate lunch on a bench looking across the park, richly green from the recent rains.  We couldn't find any plaque on the statue telling us who it was, so I imagine it's a woman exhausted from walking all over Paris and sad that she's leaving the next morning.

-Linda

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Arc de Triomphe - Paris


Our first full day in Paris and it rained--poured--all day.  On the plane over we had seen Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris", one of my favorite movies.  There's a scene when they're waking in the street and it starts to rain.  Owen Wilson's character, trying to convince his friends not to retreat to a taxi, says "Paris is most beautiful in the rain!"

Well, I beg to differ.  But...Paris in the rain when you're snug in a dry cafe on the Champs-Élysées drinking coffee and painting?  It's still pretty wonderful.  I love this view of the Arc de Triomphe through the trees.

Afterwards, we went to the Musée Jaquesmart-André, which is an exquisite mansion filled with objects d'art and paintings from a wealthy Parisian couple who spent their life appreciating and accumulating treasures.  Their paintings include masterworks by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Boucher, and Fragonard.  Fabulous.

- Linda




Friday, June 8, 2012

Sunday Snooze - Rome


This was a Sunday morning in Rome.  As American tourists on our last day, we weren't about to waste our remaining precious hours lazing in bed, so we were up and on our way.  I noticed this man reading the paper with his dog.  The dog looks thoroughly bored, but still the loose leash tells me that the owner trusts him not to run away.  Perhaps they have an understanding; first read the paper, then a walk in the park.

Actually, Chris and I are just back from our latest trip to the continent; two weeks in France, capped with two days at Roland Garros (the French Open Tennis tournament).  I did lots of water color sketches which you'll be seeing in my weekly posts.  And I have 800 plus photographs that will become source material for oil paintings like this one.  Once I get over my jet lag, I am absolutely going to get started.

Linda

Friday, June 1, 2012

Castello St Angelo


Our last afternoon in Rome seemed lit by endless hours of golden light as we wandered, thinking we knew where we were going, but usually finding that we did not.  As we turned a corner, a distant view of Castel Saint'Angelo appeared.  Its round shape is so distinctive and I liked how it was framed by the Roman pine trees.  After I painted it, we walked closer.  It's huge, and surrounded by a moat, whis is now a wonderful dog park.

- Linda

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