Friday, November 29, 2013

Paris Children's Field Trip a Great Adventure!

Field Trip to Paris Fire Station...
Mom is capturing young son's climb up the ladder....fireman hat and all!

Could be a field trip in USA also? Look familiar?

Never seen this on American field trip?

The Paris children walk all the way to the open window!!!
And climb inside to the waiting arms of another fireman!

Now that is an adventure!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Is Alive In Paris!

No need to miss Thanksgiving traditional dinner in Paris...

A Marais shop comes to the rescue!
"Thanksgiving" exists year round at 20 Rue Saint-Paul...
Unique shop filled with American must haves!


Fresh or canned yams...

Even marshmallows for topping..

Pecans for make your own...or $40 buys a pecan pie ready for the table.

I could tell from the large stacks of cranberry sauce....Americans need our cranberries!

It's all here!

One American Dad shopping with his 2 children even splurged on pop tarts at almost $10 a box...

His 8 year old son was obviously homesick for the American foods he loved.
Glancing the shelves, he passionately told Dad ....
the store made him want to eat all of it!

Bring money!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Creating Illusion, Fabulous Trompe l'Oeil !

Are you admiring the beautiful 18th c landscape in carved gilt frame?

Hung fashionably by the blue ribbon on the grand papered wall?

Not a wall, nor a painting with its blue ribbon...
But a fabulous trompe l'oeil ...measuring almost 10' tall and 8' wide!

A second magnificent trompe l'oeil ....

4 in all...for sale at Paris auction.
No estimate listed for the price...normally that indicates $$$$$!

Wikipedia describes Trompe l'oeil " art technique that uses realistic images to create the optical illusion ".

And this artist was a Master....
Even more magnificent in person!

Wonder what will be the hammer price...
What would you estimate?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Paris Artist Creates While Listening Live Jazz !

MARBLEU, an artist so filled with energy and talent, I never wanted to stop listening to her stories....

Her self portrait ( autoportrait in France) reveals a woman of many colors!

Her atelier at 26 rue du Delta, 75009 Paris hides from the passing eye...what lies behind that metal gate....

Beauty immediately greets you...

What lies inside is even more of a treat .
She was In the midst of renovating her vast atelier.

Light flooding down from the dramatic glass peaked ceiling...
She described the normal scene..
Pointing to where her long work table rests

And here, beneath these windows...would be her piano!

And not just a piano...but she only creates while listening to live jazz!
1-6 musicians would play...right here, inspiring her creations.

Easy to see the joy in her sculptures ...small bronze

Or large bronze..

She loves circus themed works....France loves circuses.

Not only sculptures....but her talent extends to paintings ...
And beyond!

I was fascinated by her " Vide Memoires " ( Empty Memories).
She has created a story with collected bits..some her own collections, some given to her by friends.

Placed in a drawer!
Often she stops on the street and collects discarded drawers or friends bring them over....
Knowing what a treasure this unwanted drawer will soon hold.

She told me her creative thoughts....her story.
She created with the biblical story of going fishing in mind..
An antique skate bottom is the boat..
A dice on top...luck is needed in fishing..
A small light is behind the shell...the sun
Even a small glass jar of real bait fish!

Her Jazz musicians truly inspire creativity!

To see Marbleu's atelier and her numerous works..
Visit her website

You never know what lies behind a gate or door?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Joy of a Child at Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Imagine the smile when a child knows the family is spending the day at Luxembourg Gardens!

Launching their boats....with a push off with
their customary sticks...

The little one is eagerly waiting for her boat to sail over to the water edge....ready to push off again and again.

Lesson from Dad, building confidence to climb to the top...

Eiffel Tower !

Who needs a net..when chairs work as well


Pony rides...

Carousel....even with the rings to catch!

Look at that smile of pride with the ring on his baton!

Or a ride on Dad's shoulders carrying her bouquet( from Dad of course)..

Flying kites...remote control time is important in France!

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