Tuesday, September 02, 2008

La Rentrée

#178B La rentrée, original watercolor, 5.5" x 7.5"
It's that time of year when the French talk about "La Rentree", a new beginning and a return from their August month-long vacance...

For me Fall is the return of APPLES!
And I'm thrilled to see the return of Crispins at the Union Square Green Market!
I'm munching on one right this minute :) The colors at the farmers market are pretty smashing... YUM! And the fun of browsing...not to forget the fun of sampling the wares. Yesterday I paid a visit to the annual end of summer Washington Square outdoor art show. Since I'm planning to show watercolors at Wintertur's GardenFair end of September, I thought I'd get the lay of the land, to get a feel for it. Munch..munch...munch...lots of nervous apple munching here...


  1. Love your apple painting here, Carol--quite a departure for you with the dark, oozy background, but I'm likin' it! Great job on that glass bowl, too. I wish I could head off to that Winterthur show--it sounds like such fun. Good for you showing your work there--you will be a big hit. I'm psyched for you!

  2. Anonymous10:57 AM


    This painting is really great! The glass bowl and background are perfect. You know how I love your fruit paintings.

    Today, here in France, was the first day of school. La Rentrée is here. This morning I watched parents walking their little kids, to school.

    Summer vacation IS over in France!

  3. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Carol. l could smell and taste the tomatoes, l really could.
    Here in the UK everything is in plastic and l try to smell them because if they have that grown in my garden smell , l know they will taste good. Two weeks l had to get some and when l opened them there wasn't a smell to them and nothing to taste, think they were grown in a test tube. lol

  4. Anonymous11:19 AM

    I love this, Carol! The background color really brings it to life--it's darker than your usual work, but it's stunning! I like the way you tied in the dark tiles throughout too, and I like the geometry of those tiles against the curvy apples--those apples in the glass bowl are excellent. Great job!

  5. Lovely pictures here Carol and congrats on going into that show. How fun that will be. You WILL be a hit with your work for sure.
    I hope you get lots of photos.
    It feels of fall here right now but I am not quite ready for it.

  6. Look at you getting all healthy with an apple a day. Would you mind adding some brie to the painting?? I rely on you for being a source of foods I shouldn't want but that I crave. I love fall apples smeared with a good French brie.

  7. Carol,
    Loveitaly took all the aesthetic words out of my mouth re yer painting! WONDERFUL!
    Happily I just returned from SJersey, and my favorite veggie-fruit stand, and loaded up on lotsa
    Today's entry is making me reeeeeely hungry.

  8. Beautiful painting today! No need for nervous munching, though. You'll do very well at Wintertur. I'm going to try to get there & see your gorgeous work in person!

  9. Anonymous5:31 PM

    All very end of summer feeling today...
    soon the leaves will be falling...
    I'm going to go have a good cry...

  10. Great painting!
    I am soooooo jealous! I want a market place like this... I soooo live in the wrong place!

  11. Anonymous9:21 PM

    Yet another aspect in which the French live life so much better than we: a month-long vacation every August!
    I so wish I could come see your display at Winterthur before it's gobbled up like so many fall apples!

  12. That is a lovely marche you have in NYC, cher Carol...
    Bon chance at your new showing at Wintertur's.

  13. Wow, its quite a different atmosphere in this watercolour compared to your previous ones. I'm glad you did some more apples!

  14. Fall always makes me think about apples and pumpkins too. I can't wait to go apple picking soon. I love that painting.

  15. Anonymous8:28 AM


    Your work is growing and growing~ so inspiring that you continue to develop with every painting...not an easy thing to do.

    Thank you for sharing~
    Barbara in the Mojave


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