Thursday, September 04, 2008

Chateau Vaux le Vicomte

 Hydrangea bleu, original watercolor ,5.5" x 7.5"
While I'm busy painting garden-esque themes..hey flowers count..I remembered my visit to Chateau Vaux le Vicomte .
Andre Le Notre's fantastic gardens are unforgettable and were the blueprint for future Versailles gardens.
Not only the chateau is worth a visit.

But the gift shop is almost a big as the gardens and full of gardening gear for the passionate gardener.




Does the ceramic frog or grenouille replace our garden gnomes in French gardens?
BONNE JOURNEE!

19 comments:

A Brush with Color said...

Lovely watercolor, Carol!! These are great--I'm really liking these a lot. That garden shop has blue and white garden balls exactly like ours! Looks like a place where I'd have fun. Good luck painting up a storm for the show!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

Carol, I'm kicking myself wondering how I moved out of France without visiting the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte?!? Thanks for the tip... will be in France twice in the next month for work - I'm going to see what I can do about planning a visit! Best,
The Antiques Diva

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh wow.. I would love to spend some time visiting that garden shop. Great photos here and your painting is wonderful. I am liking the blue in it. I see hints of David Deweys work shop this summer showing thru.

Eileen said...

Does that shop ever look like fun!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Antiques Diva - lots of people never visit Chateau Vaux le Vicomte. It's a well kept secret. There's a direct train and now they have a shuttle bus to the train.
The weekend is perfect for visiting. It's a miniature Versaille in many ways. Just dress warmly. The chateau is not heated. I went for the Easter Sunday egg roll-FUN!

Anonymous said...

Your paintings have a life of their own....so lively
and fresh ! I love this new you.

Anonymous said...

WOW! These new paintings are so strong and just wonderful. Keep going!!(FYI - We have garden gnomes here in our Parisian garden out back)

Janice C. Cartier said...

WOW Love the blue! I'm wiht Rick, go girl. ;-)

Parisbreakfasts said...

Oh you're so right Rick!
Wasn't a French garden gnome the sub-theme of the rave movie AMELIE?
Thanks on the new blue.
I'm playing a bit here...

Anonymous said...

I recognize your style from any tiny thumbnail - Pure sugar for the eye - luscious in every respect!
Your posts always make my day brighter!

Prêt à Voyager said...

Vaux le Vicomte was so impressive when I went - 2,000 candles lit around the grounds. We almost didn't go because of rain, but it cleared just in time for us, and made it even more romantic in a foggy mist!

Anne

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. Those little froggie boots are so dear...

Anonymous said...

Been there. Dome that :-)
A wonderful place so filled with history and beauty.

Unknown said...

Carol...I certainly agree wth all your enthusiastic fans in recent comments on your embellished paintings! The background washes give a new spatial relationship...more of an "environment," to your already beautiful art.
Can't wait to see your paintings at the Winterthur GardenFaire!
sjerseyboy

Bonbon Oiseau said...

i've always wanted to go..maybe i'll plan it for my day off in october! so beautiful!

Rachael Hutchings said...

Oh, I love, love, love Vaux le Vicomte! I went there during October one year and they had some of the big urns filled with all sizes, shapes, and colors of gourds. It was beautiful and magical.

Sandy said...

Oh Carol, I adore every watercolor you post, and Oh how I enjoy your mini French tours, they make it worth coming to work on Mondays!! Bonne Week-End

galleryfang said...

Love your watercolors and French travel post. I did not have a chance to visit the chateau. Looking forwrad to visiting Paris again.

Di Overton said...

Loving your new paintings. Ooh I sounded American then :)