Pierre Herme Cherry Strusel Tarte, watercolor, 9" x 11"
Normally I wouldn't picked out a strusel-covered tarte at Pierre Herme, but Amy and I discussed having a 'crumble' taste test at Les Deux Abeilles. I took a shot of the tarte before gobbling it down Sunday just a week ago - I usually forget. M. says cherries/cerise = June/juin. This being the last day of June it seems appropriate to do an homage of sorts to cherries.
An homage to M.'s glorious tea pot/Japanese tetsubin that I love to paint. The French are crazy for cast iron tea pots. When the French pick up on something they don't let go. Unlike us flighty americains. We get passionate for a while. Then we drop it and on to the next thing. Not the French.
I'm still crazy for Japanese woodblock prints. It's been going on for a while.
These elegant, rather delicate drawings are a great source of inspiration.
I never tire looking at them.
I did buy a Tetsubin on Grand Street in New York and not a very pretty one at that. I don't think I've ever painted it. It's a bit clutsy.
There are slew of Japanese tetsubin at Mariage Freres department in Printemps.
Why didn't I bring one home? They weigh a ton.
They've got Mariage Freres teas too. You could happily spend days in this department.
If you're lucky enough to take tea at Mariage Freres, you'll know they bring a giant book to the table to study which tea you'd like to taste, it's origins bla bla bla. Now you can find it on Amazon.