Saturday, January 19, 2019

On the wall

J's workstation with PARISBREAKFAST LETTERS on the wall.
Please send pics of your walls of PB artwork so I can share them.
Bear is a LETTER SUBSCRIBER - his wall of PB art.

PATISSIER FREDERIC CASSEL of Fontainebleau put my watercolors on his stand at SALON DU CHOCOLAT a few years ago. Thrilling!

LA POSTE in Paris has me on the wall.
Eons ago I had a chef portrait exhibit on the wall at THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION. Everyone loved the painted chef 's jacket I wore. Orders came in from chefs of reknown like...
MOF PAUL BOCUSE! What an honor.

BOCUSE helped me get my artwork on CHAMPAGNE MUMM's bottles
Here is how my Parisbreakfast letters work in case you were wondering.. I sit at my desk (like now) burning the midnight oil while tearing my hair out, creating a letter and a Paris map each month for you while Bear placidly looks on.
Then BEAR takes them to La Poste and ships them out to your mailbox
Yesterday I saw my artwork on the wall at MAISON OBJET. Thrilling.
I came home and painted Notre Dame at night...
Thanks for reading PARISBREAKFAST dear PBers!
If you enjoyed this Paris post please consider putting my letters on your wall by buying my artwork and watercolors on Etsy. And do pass it on to someone else you think might enjoy it.BONNE WEEK-END!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Meeting PBer J.

Something is very messed up on on Blogger today😳 Sorry. Oh boy :(( 
Its nice to put a face to Parisbreakfast letter subscribers.  I send out a pile of letters each month and sometimes wish I was on the receiving end getting Paris mail. Cooped up in my tiny studio far too much. When letter subscriber J. said she was staying on the island and could we meet, I thought Why not? J's work station is covered with my Paris letter artwork. Seeing her photo was as thrilling as seeing my poster in the Metro. Feel free to send any photos PBers svp.
J's Champagne collection inspired me to get out the Hooker's green paint. You can order your fav brand on Etsy. After visiting her spacious apartment I invited her to my shoebox studio
To meet Bear.
Then we toured nearby frozen food store, PICARD to check out the goodies.
A block away an obligatory stop in BOULANGER DE LA TOUR.
J. Got DAVID LEBOVITZ's favorite Paris-Brest
It looks a lot like this boat.
When J. stayed on Ile Saint Louis last January, she remembered the Seine was flooded. I remember jam shipments were not getting into Paris. It was a real crisis for some of us. Later on I emailed J. to tell her to leave her lovely apartment and catch the Eiffel Tower lighting up on the hour. Happily she did. The Seine at night is spectacular - a don't-miss experience when you're in Paris. 
So drop me a line, Parisletter subscribers when you come over. Don't be a stranger. An OPEN STUDIO visit may be possible. Now back to finishing the January map!!! Eeeek
Thanks for reading Parisbreakfast. If you'd like to receive Parisbreakfast letters, watercolors and mapin your mailbox, look in my Etsy shop. 
With love from Paris xxx ❤️ 🐻

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

New years day in Paris and a Champagne Sale!

M.I.A. Missing in action...I've been immersed in a soap project. I'm finally coming up for air.
THANK YOU Everyone for all your kind wishes, encouragement, support and comments you've shared with me this year. Bear and I are sending you a ton of Love ❤️ and good health to you all.
On New year's day Parisians went walking, no matter the weather - it was chilly, 30s, overcast.
They don't doll up either. Just the usual uniform of black head to toe.
Gulls on my bridge Sully watched with amusement, hoping for a breadcrumb or two I suppose...
Parisians go mad for shellfish over the holidays. Loaded tables of oysters and crabs spill out of restaurants to entice you inside or to eat right there in the street.
Monoprix's poissonierie has their annual special plateau de mer (just 15€!) you won't find it except during the holidays. Enough for two people, but I had no problem polishing it off New year's day.
Last Saturday was the annual charity Galette de rois fete. I was lucky to grab a small bite of the giant galette. Instead of the chefs wolfing down Champagne and paté, this year they offered it to the public buying the deluxe galettes for charity at Place Saint Germain de Pres.
They were giving out a hearty French country vegetable soup called garbure. It was cold. Brrrr
Street corners along boulevard Saint Germain were piled high with empty champagne bottles.
Inspiration enough to get out the Hooker's green watercolor and start painting bottles again.
Paris annual winter sales started on Monday. I'm 2 days late. Never mind. You can find your favorite brand of champers on Etsy - Veuve, Mumm, Taittinger. Only the best for PBers! All watercolors are reduced.
Requests for 3-month subscriptions of the letters and maps are finally up. 
Thanks for reading and sharing Parisbreakfast. 
With love 💋 from Paris 🐻🥂🍾

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Marie-Antoinette at Le Grand Palais des Glaces

I went with SOLLI to LE GRAND PALAIS DES GLACES not Marie-Antoinette
But wouldn't it be nice if Parisians were dressed in full 18th century Louis XIV costume whilst skating?
My first time experiencing the lightshow
And disco show by DJ Eric Pryde.
Very dramatic fun even though neither of us put on the skates/patins included in the entry fee.
While hundreds skated by and will continue to skate through 9 January.
I scribbled in the dark the big ice bear carved by sculpture Richard Orlinsky (he also created the chocolate bear at the Salon du Chocolat in November.
One scribble leads to another - the sketch for the January Paris letter.
Where Marie-Antoinette comes into the picture.
Why not put an Eiffel tower in her hair, Champagne, glasses, caviar, oysters?
Who knew the V and A museum lets you muck about with powdered wigs plus accessories online. My monsterpiece...ahem
The finished January letter art came out a bit better me thinks and your name is personally enscribed on it.Thanks for reading Parisbreakfast. Please share with a friend. If you'd like to receive Parisbreakfast letters, watercolors and mapin your mailbox, please look in my Etsy shop. 
Bonne Année PBers with love ❤️ from Paris 🐻🥂🍾 xxx

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Show Time Paris

Thank you Rob and Bonnie for a visit to the Casse-Noisette/Nutcracker Suite at THEATRE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES of the Ballet de L'Opera National de Kiev on the day before Christmas.
A glorious performance by Kiev Russian dancers raised the spirits
Post-ballet doodles in a new sketchbook
Then we waltzed into nearby Hotel Plaza Athenée - hotel bears were taking it easy
While guests worked the courtyard rink.
We worked on a vertical buche de noel, all vanille top to bottom.
Out on Avenue Montaigne the light show continues.
Paris night lights at Christmas are just as glam as in New York
Animated Christmas tree 'Rockettes' shake a leg in Le Bon Marché's windows
Inside live shows perform every 20-30 minutes.
A song and dance team harmonize American carols in French
The simple tree decor was the best department show in town
My so-called 'staff' took up residence offering specialized last-minute Artisanal gifts.
Tie a Guerlain ribbon on it.
Temps dropped today in Paris from mild to more like New York. 32 degrees, feels like 29. Golden mittens would be perfect, plus a golden Marie Antoinette lollypop...
Bears are big in Paris. I moved to the right place.
More show biz acts get the joint jumpin'
A show-stopper shopper. You should have seen the luxe dog beds at Bon Marché.
Instead of the traditional yule log, why not a baked Alaska or as the French call it'Omelette Norvegiene' filled with ice cream. Last night returning from Jane's, a flashy light show inside Saint Paul in the Marais. Lights Action Camera!
I hope you all had a lovely day.
With love 💋 from Paris 🐻 Xxx