Sunday, November 02, 2014

Dreaming of France -- French Inspiration

Please join this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Earlier this summer, I posted some pictures that my friend Leah took while she traveled in the south of France.
Leah is an artist and takes wonderful pictures. Then, inspired by the pictures, she paints even more compelling paintings.
This month at our local coffee shop, Leah's paintings are on display. I went in earlier today to take some pictures because my daughter Grace is too sick to go look at them. I knew she'd be inspired by Leah's artwork.
I took this picture at a strange angle because there was a man sitting at the table Skyping. I tried not to be intrusive, but I love this picture of a tree-lined road on the way to St. Remy de Provence.

This next painting was inspired by both Van Gogh's painting of Les Iris, and a vase of purple flowers in a cafe in St. Remy de Provence where Leah had lunch.

Inspired by Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, Leah painted the bedroom her son slept in while they visited Arles. Yes, she meant it to be a humorous take, but I love the colors.

There were other lovely paintings by Leah, and I can't include them all, but I will include a painting of a mosaic that she saw in Morocco, where they traveled after France and Spain. This painting looks 3-D, as if I could run my finger over the individual tiles. Again, I took it at an angle so the matting looks askew, but that's just my picture, not Leah's framing.

Hope you enjoy looking at Leah's paintings. I've included her Facebook page and her Etsy shop too in case you are interested in more art by Leah.
Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. I can't wait to see what everyone else is posting. Please visit each other's blogs.


Louise said...

I very much enjoyed looking at her paintings, and see Leonardo's influence stretching through time. I like the two indoor shots best. Although I've been admiring the many mosaics in the Marais this week. Bit of a deluge of links from me this week. I'm still in Paris- but leaving today (at which I am always sad). I've had an amazing visit and there will be many, many posts to come- I've never finished all the posts I planned after last years visit....Planning next visit underway.

Just Me said...

Ohhh what beautiful paintings. Thank you for sharing!!!

Sim Carter said...

I inadvertently left a comment on a year old anniversary post! BUT sadly my message, though misplaced, is still accurate. No Dreaming of France link today, my mind was on Olive Kitteridge
That being said, I LOVE your friends impressions of the impressionists, really fabulous. I hope Grace - quite the artist herself, isn't she?- feels better soon!
And by the way, are you doing NaNoWriMo? I'm about 2000 words into my shitty first draft, so far I seem to write about 1000 words a day vs the 1600 required to finish a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. Oh, well, it's good exercise for my brain:)
Have a good week.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Dear Paulita , Thank you so much for sharing your friends fabulous work of Art, it is stunning ,,and as you say Inspiring.

I hope Grace feels a lot better soon , xo Anne

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

How nice your friend is having a show of her work. Best of luck to her & to Grace too! Hope she is feeling better very soon.

vvb32 reads said...

The artwork does have that Van Gogh feel to it. Nice!

leah reynolds said...

Many thanks for sharing my artwork, and I appreciate the kind comments from your readers! Paulita, I am looking forward to reading your most recent novel, Trail Mix - I'll be ordering it today!

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