7 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015Steven and I have visited Paris twice this year.
We love the city. We were deeply saddened by the horrific
killings two weeks ago on a Friday night. I was planning
to write about my time there, and thought I wouldn't at this sad time,
but Paris and Parisians have not stopped because of these
attacks. People still stroll by the Seine, drink coffee
in the cafés, and create and appreciate art. Paris is beautiful.
The city will mourn, but continue to be a must visit city,
especially for artists.
The Seine at nightI started painting this little watercolour of anemones when
we stayed in Paris in October. We came home a month
ago. Near our hotel was a beautiful flower market, and
one day I brought home a huge bouquet. We don't ever
see anemones this large in Canada. The flower
seller wrapped them up like a present, putting lush leaves
in with the flowers, and twirling the bouquet in thick, clear
plastic that she tied in a bow. She seemed to take great pleasure in
the finesse of her presentation when I said they were for me.
Me with the anemones in the hotel in ParisI bought the paper at the charming, old art supply store near
my hotel, Maison de Haute Coleur Charvin. In fact I went
to the store every day of our four day stay. The paper is
not the watercolour paper I would normally use, and the
colours were in blocks, not tubes, but I felt so happy to be painting,
and all of the supplies were of the highest quality.
Seeing how Parisians are treating the sadness and losses
they've faced with grit and determination
to continue to be Paris, I feel that it's even more important
to talk about how wonderful the city is.
I may write more another day. For now here's a little
painting of anemones. And some pictures from our
most recent visit.
Petit Danseuse de quatorze ans
originally in wax, here in bronze and
first shown in 1881
Musée D'Orsay, Paris
To my friends in Paris, and all the kind people
we encountered everywhere we went on our visit -- thank you.