RDP Wednesday – Exquisite

thanks to RDP for today’s prompthttps://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2022/10/19/rdp-wednesday-exquisite/

ex·quis·ite

adjective

  1. extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate.”exquisite, jewel like portraits”
  2. Similar: beautiful, overly elegant, graceful, magnificent, superb

There are art pieces that I consider ‘exquisite’ because they speak to me. They can be large or small, refined or bold and realistic or abstract. The following pieces from our most recent art show at WAAC, From Nature to Abstraction, I find ‘exquisite.

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Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Room With a View

….thanks to Sue W and GC for hosting Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge https://weeklyprompts.com/2022/10/05/weekly-prompts-wednesday-challenge-room-with-a-view/

Last spring while travelling in France and London, England we had multiple rooms with spectacular views.

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View from our hotel room In Paris
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View from a window in the Louvre overlooking the courtyard
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View from our apartment in Tours, France
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View from the second floor of the Musée Beaux Arts de Tours, France
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View from the train of the Loire Valley
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View from the Royal Chateau de Blois in France
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View from our son’s flat in London, England

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – The Colour White or Off-white

….thanks to Cee for hosting CMMC

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Art from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tours, France
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Bust of King Francois 1st at the Chateau Amboise, in France
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Art by Franciszka Themerson at the Barbican Gallery in London, UK
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Art by Janet Potter at WAAC
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At Last – My Opening was a Success

after months of work my show finally opened

Thanks to all who encouraged me to keep painting and then supported me with a visit to the gallery and/or messages of love. I couldn’t be happier.

Those little red stickers were the icing on the cake.

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The first big piece that sold yesterday
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The two pieces that made up this trio were sold
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My curator, advertising designer and loving daughter
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My wonderful daughter-in-law
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My Biggest fan and supporter – love you to the moon and back

Ready for the Big Reveal

the doors open today for “Before and After Paris”

After months of preparation with ordering supplies, painting, framing and advertising, my show is ready for the public to see. I spent hours yesterday, with the help of two good friends hanging the paintings. Barb did a lot of the ladder work and Arlene eyed the levels and curated the placements. We were all very pleased with the final result. For those of you who live close by, I hope to see you at the opening but the show will be up till July 9th.

Here’s a peak of the gallery where every piece you see is mine.

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I’m a Fan of…….Art

….thanks to Jez for hosting I’m a fan of…..https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/05/16/susan-fan-of-156/

The hardest part of this challenge will be choosing which pieces of art to display here. I’ll choose art from our trip and try to limit it to one painting from each gallery we visited.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo at the Louvre, Paris
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Sculpture at the Beaux de Arts, in Tours, France
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Collage the Contemporary Art Gallery in Tours, France
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Bise Lazzari at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London
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Victor Pasmore at the Barbican Art Gallery, London
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Matisse at the Tate Modern in London

Tuesday Textures – April 19, 2022

….Textures from France

A variety of textures on this booby trapped lock from the Musée du Compagnonnage in Tours
Fuzzy Spider from the exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Tours
A variety of textures from this installation piece at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Tours
Ropey art sculpture
Foamy cappuccino on Amboise
Rough and wrinkled cast of a plaster’s hands at the Musée du Compagnonnage in Tours

The Monsieur Rose at the Bon Marché

…..by artist Philippe Katherine

On a recent trip to the Bon Marché in Paris we were delighted to come across a larger than life art exhibit of large pink characters suspended high above the atrium or hanging onto the railings or standing on the floor waiting for shoppers to pose for photos.

Inside the store there was also a special gallery set aside for more of Philippe’s work.

To See or Not to See

…..at what cost would you see the Mona Lisa?

We’ve all seen pictures, videos and documentaries of the Mona Lisa. You may have read books about that mysterious smile or where the art piece itself is central to the storyline.

I’ve heard over and over again how small the painting is in real life and yet when I actually saw it I felt it was larger than I had imagined. Was it worth the long line-ups, the crowds and the close proximity to so many people during a pandemic?

I am not sorry that I saw her up close, well at least as close as you are allowed to be. I stood in line with our son but my husband didn’t. He saw the painting from the back of the room. What I am sorry for is all the art that I didn’t get to see or spend time with, as we hurried along the u-shaped galleries to get to the room where the Mona Lisa hung. I knew we were getting closer when the crowds got denser.

There is so much to see at the Louvre that you need more than one 90 minute slot. We were there at the end of the day and leaving Paris the next morning. Here are a few other art pieces that we managed to see.