Thursday, June 25, 2009


On Friday,morning, we had our first attraction.
At 9 AM at a little airport,5 mn drive from our B&B,we met Keith, the pilot of a Cessna 180, a small 4 seat plane, for a 30mn flight over the Falls and the canal system.
It was an awsome experience, without turbulence, with a very soft landing.
After that, we drove to the Botanical and Butterfly Garden, where we could park and take the "people Mover" ( 'shuttle), which stops conveniently at each site.
1-The Maid of the Mist was a very wet and exhalirating boat trip, where we had to put yellow plastic coats, as I had seen in the old movie Niagara , with Marylin Monroe, which I much enjoyed.
This was followed byd White Water Walk, wich boardered the forde 6 rapids, was very impressive.
And then, the Tunnel under the Falls, where tons of water tumbled down just in front of our noses.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

from Bordeaux to Niagara

Quelques cercles, Kandisky, 1926

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As I'd said, no painting for the moment, because we have left our home almost a week now.
We spent 2 days in Paris, with the exhibition Kandisky, at Beaubourg Center, which I enjoyed a lot.
Until now I was completely ignorant of his painting, I was not attracted by it, and it was a very interesting discovery.
On Tuesday we took an Air Transat plane to Toronto, where we spent 2 days at Alan"s brother. It was very hot there,and there was suddenly a furious shower on Tuesday afternoon, before we took a car to go to Niagara On The Lake which is a wonderful little town.
Today, this Friday, at 9 am was the visit to Niagara Falls, that begun with a small 4 seats plane for 30mn ,(luckily, it was before a shower) then the White Water Walk,with some slippery wood stairs, and obviously the Maid of the Mist , on a boat as in Niagara's movie ,with plastic raincoats, because it was very wet!
I took a lot of pictures, I hope it will inspire me for future paintings!
Tomorrow we will leave our lovely B&B to come back to Toronto for taking the train to Winnipeg, which will take 2 nights and 1 day!
It will be a nice experiment, we"ll have a comfortable accomodation, and we like long trips, by train or boat!
So, see you soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Le Golfe de Marseille

acrylic on board 7,5X9,5

I painted this seascape for the Following the Masters third challenge.
It is after Le golfe de Marseille vu de l'Estaque by Cézanne, about 1885, in the post-impressionnist period.The original can be seen at New York City, at the Metropolitan Museum.
I like Cézanne's painting, which shows us the Provence's light and the stone's heat with the ochers and blues. At l'Estaque he said"I want to make the perspective by color alone".
I enjoyed working on it, maybe I should have gone on ,but there was the deadline!

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Monday, June 15, 2009


We are packing!

gouache 9,5x12

A week to wait...We are leaving home to go to the Lake of The Woods, Ontario, Canada, for nearly 3 months.I am not sure we'll be able to be connected on Internet, we'll see on situ, so it'll be the surprise!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

After the rain

For several days it has been raining
, and it is dirty before the house.
There was a door there, until this year, and we walled it, because it was useless.
It is the place where I 'd like to put the trompe l'oeil, representing the sculpture Flora, but I have to wait the fall to finish it.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Acrylic on plywood 6X7
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This was my participation on DSFDF this week;I had some difficulties with the upper tomato, which looks like a cherry, or an apple, but it was pleasant to paint this subject.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

FLORE (in progress)

Back from our nice trip(in fact the castle was even better than expected), I began, inspired by an earlier challenge of DSFDF, this painting of a sculpture of Flora, the goddess of flowers and gardens.
For me it is quite a big one , 15x31 inches, on MDF and the purpose is to put it in an empty alcove in my garden.
I suppose it won't keep this green colour, I'd like to find the colour of old stone, with some greenish stains.And the difficulty is on her right arm.
Apparently it is a shotcut, but it looks like a stump, or that it has been broken.I am wondering what to do with that.Have I to do the same, or imagine a complete hand?
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