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I’m back home now, and already getting ready for the next exhibit. Join us on Thursday, October 23 for the opening of “Along the Way: what is kept, what is discarded, what is absorbed,” a show featuring the works of Bella Vine and Nicole Zoe Miller and my own artwork.
The opening reception on Thursday is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1060 William St. in Iowa City. The exhibit runs only until Tuesday, October 28, so plan to stop by soon! More details are on the Classes and Events page.
Palace of Versailles:
“Marie Antoinette and her Children at Versailles” by Vigée Le Brun (1788)
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris:
The cathedral’s rose windows
date from the 13th century
View from the Seine
Musée d’Orsay, Paris:
Looking out of the Musée d’Orsay clock tower
with a view of the Louvre
Outside Dame Cakes building
on rue St. Romain
We enjoyed lunch at Dame Cakes tea shop, housed in the former workshop of Ferdinand Marrou (link to machine-translated page), an artist in ironworks who created the tower on the Cathedral.
Shopkeepers in Rouen are proud of their products, truly individual like a signature of who they are. We say Bonjour and so do they when we come into their shop. They are very respectful and do not hard-sell but let you absorb the amazing displays. When we leave they say Au revoir, or good-bye and have a nice journey. Much grace and you always speak quietly, especially in a cafe — no hurrying about, but enjoying the down time.
I had my first hat fitting with a delightful milliner on rue St. Nicolas, and had a wool hat made to cover my ears for winter. She even gave me a beret in trade for a painting!
The hat designer at work
An inviting selection
at the milliner’s shop
Replica of a Viking runestone
next to St. Ouen’s Church, Rouen
Near the Church of St. Ouen, a replica of a runestone commemorates Rouen’s Viking history. Vikings (some of my ancestors maybe?) took over the city of Rouen many times and went home in the winter. Then they got smart and appreciated the soil and easier climate, and settled here.
The Church of St. Ouen, a Gothic building started in the 14th century, is well-supplied with gargoyles to watch over things. Gargoyles seem to be everywhere around Rouen — on St. Ouen’s, Rouen Cathedral, the hall of justice — pretty scary at night!
Those projections along the walkway are a row of gargoyles, keeping an eye on passers-by
Water lily pond
Gardener cleaning out dead leaves. Monet kept the garden very pristine for his painting.
These photos are from Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, where he lived and painted for many years, and his and wife Alice’s children played. He would paint in his boat en plein air and trees were planted for different kinds of light settings. When we visited the fragrance was wonderful, and the bees and spiders were free. It was like everything was caressing the atmosphere, genial and at peace.
I enjoyed the bright-colored rooms of Monet’s house, with numerous Japanese prints whose influence you can see in his work. His home was filled with the works of Cézanne, Pissarro, and many others in the Impressionist movement. I wonder if he traded like me with other artists.
Giverny has chickens!
I painted this side street
during our return visit
Critiquing my use of values (Jo, Adeline, Marie, Agnès; photo courtesy of Bonnie Dix)
During our studio visit on the weekend, we were invited back to La Page Blanche to paint. New friends Agnès Dévé, Marie-Antoinette Girard, and Adeline Gouarné all studied in Paris. It was a good opportunity for me to receive their critique!
View from a top-floor apartment above the studio, with cathedral view — amazing shapes and unique perspective