Tuesday, November 27, 2007

BEAR Street...

Bear watercolor - Parisbreakfasts Do you believe in synchronicity?
Or "meaningful coincidences," as Jung calls it...
Bears - ParisbreakfastsJust before I left for Paris I was rushing to finish a menu illustration full of bears...

rue aux Ours The apartment I rented in the Marais was on rue aux Ours (BEAR street), pronounced, ru Oh-Zores... I still can't pronounce it! Jette in Danmark My first day in Paris I met Jette from Denmark in the street...
polar bear - Parisbreakfasts And don't you know she's writing and illustrating a book about Polar bears! So naturally I kept seeing more BEARS EVERYWHERE!
Un Jour Sur terre - Parisbreakfasts This poster in the Metro was unavoidable.
l'Ours du Marais - Parisbreakfasts And a 5-minute walk from my apartment was this wonderful specialty boutique, L'Ours du Marais on 18, rue Pavee, 75004. They sell ONLY BEARS of course.
Russian bears - Parisbreakfasts They have tons of these Russian carved wooden bears from the town of Bogorodskoye.
Teddu bears - Parisbreakfasts Plus all manner of silly out-fitted teddy bears or nounours....
Bears -ParisbreakfastsBear stamps, bear tins, bear T-shirts...it goes on and on.
Teddy Bear Tea - ParisbreakfastsPlenty of bear china too. I was looking for a GREEN bear for my cousin Louise, but that was the ONE bear they didn't have...
les nounours a la guimauve -Paris BreakfastsToday I found among my photos these marshmallow bears or les nounours a la guimauve from La Mere du Famille.
Isn't that synchronicity?
Hi Jette!
How are your bears doing? :)

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful! You have a way with bears! Loving them as I sip my tea this morning....:)))And who could say Rue Aux Ours five times fast anyway? Timing is perfect!;) All best, Jan

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  2. Have you seen the polar bear at the Musee d'Orsay? My favourite bear. I always visit him when I'm in Paris.

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  3. What? That's all almost too crazy to be true!

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  4. That's a pretty incredible series! I really love your watercolor of the bears and the macarons!

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  5. Barbara10:06 AM

    I can not resist sending you this video of my daughter's very unusual bear....
    This is such a facinating breakfast...and I learned a new word! Synchronicity.....hmmm. It explains a lot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay80OB3shWw

    hugs,
    Barbara

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  6. loveitaly10:14 AM

    What a wonderful smile Jette has. Love her hat on her. Yes, I do believe in synchronicity. It also strikes me as serendipity, too! The watercolor of the bears is delightful!

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  7. Carol, Your painting with the Bears is absolutly WONDERFUL. You captured them so perfectly.
    Oh and on the Bear theme. I grew up in Big BEAR Lake California.
    LOVE the post this morning.

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  8. Don't go out in the woods!

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  9. Great polar bears!
    Wonderful, Carol!
    I love the way the paint really can leave just a film of luminous shadow--

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  10. This is so beautiful and precious. Adorable!

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  11. I love your polar bears. Have you ever illustrated a childrens' book? If not, you should! And you're killing me with the chocolate-covered nounours, whatever their shape I am dying for some!

    Sarah

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  12. Deborah6:03 PM

    Love it !
    Love it All.
    Thank you again.
    made my day.
    These glimpses make me smile.
    Deborah

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  13. Carol -- so so so cute!!!!!!!
    These Polar bears would make a perfect holiday card for one of your bakeries!

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  14. I like synchronicity too:
    Here is a photo from the Zoo de St-Félicien where polar bears receive a snow cake with surprise inclusions of fish and fruit for their birthday...

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  15. There's more to this bear-thing than meets the eye and I am puzzled by how it effects ME all this bear-stuff in Paris at this point in my life.

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  16. I would love to know more about the polar bear at the Musee D'orsay VANILLA.SKY
    ? ? ?
    THANK YOU Barbara for the adorable teddy video!
    I almost bought a polar bear tree ornament last night...hmmmm

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  17. Oh my! and did you know that Ulla means 'little bear' in Danish? (guess what I looked like when I was born - LOL) What a wonderful wonderful post! And your watercolor with mother and baby is delightful!

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  18. Monsieur Jambon8:38 PM

    Ours Blanc (Polar Bear) by Francois Pompon:

    http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/
    collections/works-in-focus/search/
    commentaire/commentaire_id/
    polar-bear-2186.html
    ?S=0&cHash=cc270b9c1f

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  19. jeanette, mistress of longears9:11 PM

    I can bearly stand to look at those chocolate guilaume bears! Unfortunately, I also have to refrain from eating the cookies I just made for my son's visit tomorrow. I'll just grin and bear it. :-)

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  20. This is so awesome! I love how you totally put your finger on that strange phenomenon of suddenly seeing something EVERYWHERE. I just came across this blog...your illustrations are so lovely!

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  21. Dear Paris - you really have " the eye" your blog is such a joy to read - I feel like I'm IN Paris everytime I pop in!

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  22. Now that is freaky and somewhat beautiful at the same time!

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  23. all these bears :
    très bonne idée pour le nom de la rue !
    I love the macaron-bear family Very nice painting !

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  24. Brer'Rabbit5:39 AM

    well, after all, what's not to love about macarons?
    And about this bear painting!

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  25. How beary special indeed.
    Blessings!

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  26. All these bears are so wonderful...I love all of them and your drawing is fabulous

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  27. oh the painting of the bears is so adorable! I will have to visit la rue aux ours next time I am in paris :)

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