Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Belgium Artist Includes His Life in His Art!

The creative, painted book sculptures of Pascal Courcelles
 quickly caught my eye at Paris Art Fair
The bold colors, towering shapes....I wanted to know more.
More about the sculptures....More about the artist!

This thirst for more...sent me traveling to his studio outside Brussels.

His passion for his work was obvious as he talked about his inspiration for the book sculptures.
His deep belief that "books" are such a foundation of life, he included "his life" in his work...
Books from his parents, his grandparents...
books on art, books with knowledge, even a cookbook...

No longer left on shelves...but now part of his sculptures, to be seen, to be enjoyed!

Having his life part of  his art continued in other works...
The colorful tall sculpture tower made from his used paint tubes...

Old Postcards received from friends...painted and now given new life.
Now, to be enjoyed in "our" homes...
Talk about "living green"!

Pascal Courcelles, an artist sharing his life, his love for color!

To include one of his works in your home, please contact me at

Thursday, April 25, 2013

How Far Did I Walk on French Buying Trip??

Finding special pieces for clients in France requires knowing the right sources, discovering new ones and
walking, walking, walking!

Before departing March 20 for 4 weeks in France, my daughter gave me a "FitBit", a wonderful small gadget that measures miles walked, steps walked, calories burned and connects to the computer at end of day.

My body has told me I walk milesssssss....but just how many???
And the miles are not always level....stairs galore in metros, 72 stairs to my 4th floor walkup studio apartment.

After 29 days, my total was 209.5 day 11.8 miles.
To put in perspective....Atlanta is 244 miles from Charlotte.
No wonder the French are healthy!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Take A New Route And Discover

During this trip to France, I have replaced my normal hotel with several charming studio apartment rentals in Montmartre, Paris.

New streets, new sounds, new sights!

Remember as a child, the lectures to look left, look right??
Looking left, right....and taking time to peek in windows, can also lead to unexpected discoveries!

On one of my Montmartre streets, the colors seen through the windows of a small cafe pulled me inside..

Melanie Faucault's photographs displayed in creative, eye-catching blast of color!

You want more than want to fill your walls!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Up, Up, Up in Montmartre, Paris

Walking in Montmartre, Paris has me constantly pulling out my camera.

And the stairs, after stairs....after more stairs are keeping me fit.

Maybe the children have a better way?

I am earning my hot chocolate croissants each morning....
Did you notice the "s" on croissants!
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