Friday, February 25, 2011

Pastry Sketch Crawl Returns!

Yesterday was major. I got my walking papers to venture back into the Big Apple (with a cane but I'm now allowed to climb the stairs alternate steps instead of one-step-at-a-time!)
A chance to return to the Pastry Sketch Crawl and where better than Café Petrossian.
With some reservations bien sur...
NO sitting for hours on end (that upended me in a sciatica episode)
Back to tres chic Cafe Petrossian.
Though Lord knows why I picked out exactly the SAME tarte as last fateful visit. I must have a deep hidden attraction to strawberries.
If not to pate brisee crust. I only stayed a half hour and sketched a bit. No point tempting the Gods of Sciatica again.
I returned home to paint in bed
This seems to be a lucky painting spot for me along with Nom de la Rose teas
Au Nom de la Rose Au Nom de la Rose Teas, watercolor, 9" x 11"
I could not resist a quick look in Bergdorf Goodman's windows.
At some 'tartie' shoes I may never venture out in again (not that I did in the past...ahem) Farewell M. Louboutin


  1. OMG! OMG! The pink shoes! OMG!

  2. Oh, such a tough job you have :-) much more delightful than pub crawling!

  3. Justine12:31 PM

    So happy yr up and out and about!

  4. Yay! Carol is out and about once again. I am sure you are training yourself to be up and ready for your big trip in a couple of weeks. Gods of Sciatica (that cracks me up). I love that pencil sketch from petrossian and your final very lovely and pink and rosy...perks you up doesn't it? Have a recuperative weekend sans Louboutin. hehe.

  5. this looks gorgeous ... like your blog! nice to meet your "blogsphere". greeting from Europe, @nne

  6. Back pain device... really!
    My PRIMARY Dr. (not a specialist) recommended a "TENS" Unit-
    It worked on my chronic back pain in a few days.
    Not expensive at all - it's as small as a phonebook
    Keep up the wonderful work. I envy you all the trips to Paris.

  7. What a great collection of photos and paintings, Carol!
    The pastries look fabulous, your photos are so perfect!
    I'm glad that you are feeling better - have a great weekend!

  8. You're progressing pretty quickly, although I'm sure it seems endless to you.

    I've never asked you when and why you started drawing/painting. Has it always been with watercolors?

  9. Oh, such yummy cakes...wish I'd got one right now, with a cup of coffee. And you're oviously a talented artist. I will be back to read more of your blog. M

  10. On Friday's "Good Morning America" on ABC-TV they featured the dessert table for the Oscars this Sunday night. They'll be serving macarons on a tiered serving platter--just like the ones in your paintings!

  11. Ah! Carol - so good that at last you can venture out again - take care. I think you chose the strawberry tart because strawberries are wonderful to paint - the colour, the shape, just perfect- and the icing on the cake is that they taste delish!!
    ~Viva le fraise~
    "All Things French"

  12. Anonymous4:01 PM

    Progress! So glad to hear it!
    As forthe painting in bed....I don't knwo how you do it! Moi, je suis constantly knocking things over!

  13. How lovely - a little piece of Paris in your backyard! Hope you are feeling better by the day ---Lurve the shoes.

  14. Glad to hear your taking baby steps again ;)
    Be careful Carol as you venture out with those tarts! That strawberry tart is clearly irresitable, and that's why you are back to sketch it. Save some for me svp?

  15. glad to hear you are doing better...just love the extra large pink shoe!! Have a great Saturday!!

    my Red Maps Soho giveaway ends tomorrow if you are interested in one as they are the best maps...

  16. oh god these cakes looks so yuum!:)

  17. I love everything about this post. So glad you are back out and about though on restriction. Lovely Sketches and gorgeous work...!! xo my dear one.

  18. I don't know what I like better! The real thing or your pictures of them!!!! Those shoes are killing me!!!!!!Delightful post!Maryanne xo

  19. Bonjour Pb~
    How about a "shoe crawl"..
    I LOVE "shoes" window shopping ...
    never would/could wear such a heel. It never ceases to amaze how many different exotic shoe styles one can find in Paris....

    btw: what did you mean farewell M. Louboutin?

    so happy to see you "in the pink" again.

  20. I am going to Paris for the first time in a few weeks and was hoping you could answer a question for me: When??? Do Parisians eat all those beautiful pastries?
    Do they buy during the day to eat after dinner, only, or, do they have a tea/coffee time each day in the afternoon (3 or so?) during which they stop by the pastry shops and eat all those desserts?
    Thank you so much for any guidance you an offer on this nagging question.

  21. Julie2:18 PM

    I just wanted to let you know that every time I open up your Paris Breakfast, a smile appears on my face.
    It's so nice to see a creative person who finds beauty in everyday things -- pastry, storefronts, flowers, etc.
    just wanted to let you know how you make my day!

    Hope you are feeling better!

    PS - Love my "Pup goes to Paris" watercolor!

  22. Suzanne,
    I've written about Christian Louboutin shoes a number of times and that hot pink-bowed number is his design.
    But I just want to walk around with out a cane - forget the 9" stilletos.
    So farewell Monsieur Christian Louboutin!

  23. Bravo - so glad to hear you're hobbling around the city. And just in time for spring. Keep getting better, mon amie!

  24. Congratulations! Glad to see you got right back on the horse that kicked you...or the patisserie that gave you a pain in the butt.

  25. Terry in Australia1:58 AM

    Thank you for all the joy you give to people with your words and images.

  26. OMG Love this post + your blog. New follower here, do hope you're gonna follow back. All the best, talk soon

  27. Really a great collection of photos and paintings, Carol!The pastries look wonderful, your photos are so perfect!
    I'm Glad That You Are Feeling Better have a great weekend.

  28. jeanne Long9:27 AM

    So glad you're out and about again. Love to see the steps in the painting from pencil to finished painting. So lovely!


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