Saturday, November 5, 2016

Don't sleep in Paris

Down the street from our hotel -- the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral

A friend at George Brown College cautioned me before
I showed in the Louvre last year, not to waste time sleeping in

Visiting for the show two weeks ago in the Carrousel Louvre
I knew what she meant.  The city is always alive.  A friend
who lives just outside of the city told us he thought there'd
be nowhere to eat late on a Sunday night, but right in the
neighbourhood on Sunday evening there were people sitting
 out at cafés with heaters overhead -- it was cold -- restaurants
and bars open at midnight.

 It sunk in in this past visit.  If you visit Paris more than once,
you can anticipate the ache you'll feel when the trip is over
 and you're back on home ground, and you don't want to miss
a thing.

But as I told my colleague -- smart people sleep, otherwise the
city is overwhelming.  Soooo much to see. And do.  And eat.
And drink.

Un coin d'appartement (A Corner of the Apartment)

Claude Monet,
Oil on canvas, 1875

One of the things I love is discovering paintings by favourite artists that
I've never seen before like this super detailed, and mysterious painting by
Claude Monet.  It's in the Musée d'Orsay.

The gorgeous restaurant in the Musée d'Orsay where
we ate with my friend Miranda Brouwers 
her husband, Rolf Leemeijer, and their sons Marnix and Hugo.

A superb surprise in the Musée d'Orsay is the beyond gorgeous restaurant above.  
The food was wonderful and we had so much fun with my friend Miranda's
family.  The staff were warm and gracious, you don't need a reservation --

This man and his daughter were visiting the Carrousel du Louvre
and I asked if I could take their picture with my painting.  
"Mais oui!" he said, and I did.  

These very expressive sculptures of geese 
were in a gallery window.  I love how they look.
Coffee and black marker 
on Clairefontaine watercolour paper
4.5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
The artist Barbara Muir (yes me) painted this on a small watercolour pad 
while having coffee in the Orangerie café -- but the Orangerie discussion
is for another night.  I was thinking of William Wray and his movie
Gamma Wray, and of a blogger friend I knew I'd meet back in Toronto Verna Vogel,
and this is the result.   A lot of fun I must admit, though you may not get the
connection.  They were in my mind.  Love (do I say love too often?  Is it possible
to love too much?) well I do love the work of both of these artists.  And in this
crazy world I think it's vital to love  art, and beautiful cities like Paris. 

Have a loving art Day!  And have fun! 


Sally Chupick said...

looks like you had a smashing time Barbara. congrats on the show.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

It was wonderful. Hard to beat -- beautiful Paris, wonderful friends at
the show, and friendly people wherever we went. Miss seeing and talking
to you.


Verna said...

Hey Barbara, I love your circle drawing with the coffee! Super-duper!

And Wray's work is very inspiring too, especially his urban stuff, what a colourist he is hey. Thanks for that link.

Your love of Paris sure comes through in your writing. So glad you are able to go several times and explore that city of wonders. Great photos, thanks for sharing!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

Love your work! Glad you like the drawing, I have another one, but I think I'll put it on a blog about flying.
Big in my imagination these days. Yes Wray is so good. His urban stuff is on my mind full time.

Talk soon,


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