Monday, May 16, 2022

Home from Provence


Coming home from Provence yesterday I was a little bit triste. 
How was Paris going to feel. In fact it feels wonderful.

Sometimes it takes time to come back to earth, but instead I feel refreshed and inspired. 
After such a wonderful trip. We did different things everyday. We ate in local places. And we ate in at Wlady and Shannon’s charming apartment. Everyone in the town of Villeneuve was so friendly. That doesn’t happen often on a short trip. 
The food, the colors, the aromas, always fresh, seasonal and inventive. We were surrounded by beauty. 
I tried copying Chardin’s pile of berries (from the Louvre) while we filled jam jars with delicious berries
Always a fun challenge ๐Ÿ“
The view out my window at Hotel de l’Atelier.never disappoints. 

Imade a little jam watercolor for the hotel proprietor. 
For our last dinner, Wlady and Shannon cooked up a perfect storm of beautiful food.
White asparagus in bรฉarnaise sauce, a tajine of chicken and the piece de resistance, individual roasted strawberry tarts with mandarine gelato! 
Just that morning I had declared I would not be going to the big brocante fair in Villeneuve’s huge parking lot. 
But on our early morning stroll, Gemma, the Hound of Baskerville, led me 
To a perfect storm of French check 1930’s Lustucru enamelware that blew my socks off,
Any still life artist’s dream come true. That naughty Gemma. Bad dog! Here’s proof I can make a crazy mess in my hotel room as well as at home. Of course, Bear ๐Ÿป is not best pleased to have stayed home and missed out on the shopping spree. Please share with your friends and visit my Etsy shop for lovely Real Paris mail ๐Ÿ’Œ in your mailbox ๐Ÿ“ฎ Bonne Tuesday PBers!


Bonnie L said...

What a fabulous vacation, Carol, so glad that you returned home energized and inspired. Your enamelware purchase is incredible…have no regrets…you deserve it…an early birthday gift to yourself. Happy Birthday, Carol! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿฅณ❤️

Sarah said...

Oh, what a find! A wonderful find!!! I say life is short, so treat yourself when opportunity presents itself. You will not regret it.
So happy you had a get away and returned renewed. Happy Birthday!

Julie Mautner said...

Love reading about your Provence trip and seeing your photos and paintings! I've had trouble commenting on your posts in the past but now it seems to be sorted out...YAY! You are so creative and talented, Carol! Looking forward to the next...

Parisbreakfasts said...

So nice to hear from you Julie!
The Queen of Provence ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Thank you ๐Ÿ’‹

Suzanne said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation, and you have memories of adventures, but home is always comforting,-- and you have your wonderful blue and white treasures to sketch to your heart's delight.
Thanks for taking us all along, Carol! XOXO

Barb said...

Oh Carol, I am so in awe of you! Your life, art, outgoing personality!
I am so glad your well!
PS looking forward to my new piece of Gillott art!

Kiwi said...

Great photos! Enjoyed this trip to Provence with you!

Jeanie said...

It looks like a wonderful trip, Carol! It's a spot I've never been, so thanks for being tour guide... maybe someday...

Ga From Dekalb said...

Happy Birthday Carol๐ŸŽ‚! I am happy that you enjoyed your trip to Provence. Rested & relaxed, ready to take on Paris again.
Can’t wait to see what we have in store for our up coming map & letter. Hmm, let’s see could it involve blue & white checks?

La Table De Nana said...

Tout ce beau bleu.Unforgettable trip brought to still life every day with this fantastic collection.Love it.Happiest of birthday..year!

Chez Laurel said...

A beautiful find! So glad to see you snapped up that lovely bleu-checked enamelware. I am in love with it all!

Joyce Hobbs said...

The Chardin painting has been purchased by the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth, TX for $26.8 million. The French Government is having it declared a national treasure and hopes it stays at the Louvre. I agree with the French govt. The first time I heard about this painting was in the news. Now you have done a lovely water color!! Thank you for sharing your work.

Anonymous said...

How lovely! Paris to Provence, Provence to Paris. Such joy in it all. Food, friends, beautiful finds. Parfait!!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thank you Joyce for your comment. I believe the Louvre has a total of 36 Chardins. It would be sad to see the strawberries leave. I must go over there and do a post on them. They are some of the most beautiful paintings ever.