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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

L' Art Est Vision








the first thing we noticed ..
gentle reader..

beyond the fact that the countryside is gorgeous..








was the profound lack







of billboards...






a beautifully stunning lack
of advertisements...
France quickly made a beautiful impression upon
me...








there was an amazing collection of 
architecture in
Rouen

and many fine examples of Medieval Timber framing..












I adored the old and new together...









because it IS the way we live...






we arrived on May Day...







so the only things open were 







Flower stalls
selling flower baskets and bunches of 
Lily of the Valley
and coffee shops selling espresso...















beauty and street art...







antique and new 







lived peacefully..
side by side...







The Rouen Cathedral
was painted by 
Claude Monet ...







it too is a vision
of art from many generations...








It was really lovely to have the streets all to ourselves...













and though it was grey..






and chilly...








the beauty of Rouen..





















opened my heart...










art is vision...
and it is everywhere...








I am off again...
but when I return I will have 
photos from 
Giverny

from Monet's garden and home...

and my travel journal... of course


 this time we are off to celebrate with family...



grazie in advance of your kind remarks...
I so appreciate all your support...


xo


Friday, May 15, 2015

Antique Travel Journal





a trip to Europe
would not be complete
without a travel journal...









would it?
So in keeping with my 
bricolage sensibilities... rather than BUYING
a journal..
I decided to make it...

I had two small antique photo albums..









the larger black album was in better shape,
well... comparatively speaking...

but because space was at a premium..
we were trying to fit everything in two suitcases...
a small feat
for 3 weeks..







I chose the tiny orange album...
which I gutted easily..
and covered the outside with
document tissue paper...








and reinforced the spine with fabric
both inside and out...







I had an antique badge that I took apart
and used some French ephemera to cover a piece of cardboard that fit perfectly
inside the medallion 
for the cover...








then I began to collect my signatures..
a motley collection of watercolor paper, drawing paper and old scraps..
I stitched some vellum in the front 
to create an envelope to hold tickets and snippets 
of memories...







my wonky stitches
with wax linen...

I am woefully dyslexic, so I have never learned to create those wonderful stitches... but I can manage a basic stitch..









 I decided to use two of the original 
photo frames
for my journal...







but recovered them
in the document tissue...







the vellum envelope below...






another pocket below









the paper collection...






rough torn and deckle edges...












the finished journal...







and my little pack of art supplies ready
to pack...

ingredients: watercolor pencils, travel brushes, paper ephemera, eraser, pencils, sharpener, glue stick.







I promise the end results...


But, first I will have some photos of Rouen, France
very soon...


Thanks for stopping by..

ciao, ciao!




Monday, May 11, 2015

Lisbon Part Two






my impressions of
Portugal

are rich and varied...










a torn carnation thrown into the fountain...

"he loves me... he loves me not..
















crumbling plaster...

and antique statues...








the view thru..









the view at lunch...








the church on the plaza..







the queen of heaven..







resplendent with lilies 

of course..










the broken floor beneath our feet...







the simple beauty of graffiti








and the market stalls...






so abundant and vibrant...









things stacked...













and lining up in a row...









unexpected texture...









and patterns...






at play






everywhere...











it couldn't have been a more
splendid day...

I am putting the finishing touches on my travel
journal and will be showing that to you soon..
thanks for stopping by..


Next stop France...


C4N!