My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. -Claude Monet

allo! ca va? spring is whizzing by isn’t it? it’s hard to believe may is almost over and we’ll be in full summer mode in just a few days, for me that means planning a trip to france and this year i’ll be going to a many places that i’ve been before but others that i have to admit that i haven’t. i thought i’d start to jot down some of the spots on the to-do list and see how it will unfold. the first on the list is Normandy, specifically Giverny where Claude Monet lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. there are so many gorgeous images out there it’s easy to see why he would devote his life to capturing these magnificent grounds it. i love this one above for its simplicity and sweetness: (Pink cosmos and golden sunflowers tower above Fifi, the calico cat who resides in Monet’s garden, as she strolls down a gravel path in the silver mist of dawn. Photograph by Elizabeth Murray c 1990. From a collection of postcards published by Pomegranate). people and pets have come and gone here but somehow this place has been perfectly preserved for all these years.

maybe it’s the voyeur in me but i love to visit homes of artists, writers and designers. the fact that the french keep these special places for us is truly one of the reasons i fell in love with france. 

if you want to learn more about it, this is a wonderful fondation that works tirelessly year round to keep the gardens and home in perfect condition.

you can actually take a virtual tour here: fondation-monet.com/visite-virtuelle. i’m sure seeing this magical place in person will be more incredible than i can imagine. apparently it was so exquisite that it was almost painful for Monet in a way that i’m sure only those who know the beauty of a garden or even a single flower can understand.

‘Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it’.

-Claude Monet

May 29, 2018. art, Artists, Day Trips, Flowers, France, Gardening, Monet. 10 comments.

took it to the limit

allo cheres amis, bonne dimanche. the weekend flew by and i’m sure lots got done but as usual it’s a lot of broad strokes over several projects. honing in on multiple platforms takes a lot of input and i’ve always been one to free flow. but that leaves me never knowing how much was really accomplished. over the weekend one of my besties talked about the freedom she found in putting a schedule in place. and it really resonated with me that simply taking an hour in the morning to do nothing but say, write, there couldn’t help but become a significant amount work stacked up over time. Each hour would be mapped out (and swapped around if i was so inclined…well maybe that’s not ok, i’ll have to check on that one…there i go already trying to go back to my free flow ways)!

anyway it’s worth a try. i’m sharing these louis icart pics tonight cause i’m finally going through my hard drive and realized that there’s sooo much i’ve saved over the years and i hate to keep these under wraps. i’m a media hoarder as you may know! i’d like to have a place to upload them. maybe pinterest or flicker. do you use fllicker? i know heck yeah you use pinterest! well, that’s it for my self-imposed blog time limit for tonight. have a beautiful nuit!

May 20, 2018. art, Louis Icart, Productivity. 2 comments.

the star of the show

bon soir! how was your day? i’ve been working on a couple projects that i’m looking forward to announcing soon! i’m just stopping by to post this pic that just came to my desk just now from a Vogue article about great paris apartments in film. it got me thinking about the paris apartment mystique. what is it about these spaces that is so evocative…even provocative? why does the mere idea of a paris apartment stir the imagination? obviously it’s always been a fascination for me and whether in film or reality, the apartment is as much a dramatic character as a backdrop for drama. but that is a musing for a later date and one i look forward to delving into. but alas it’s 8:20 pm and i made a promise to myself to shut it down. et alors, bonne nuit!

May 18, 2018. Feminine Apartments, Films, Paris, Paris Apartments. Leave a comment.

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