Magic and beauty, red peonies, cappuccino and Leonardo’s Notebook. Part 3.

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An advice I received from the Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebook is next: an artist always needs to find something new to paint or draw. So I am always trying to learn something new, outside of convenient “box”. This summer I realized that watercooler graphic technique is not about coloring sheets:) It was a little discovery for myself. So I decided to explore more..

My still life subjects are bright reddish peonies, I put them on the my treasured book Leonardo da Vinci, added my glasses and a cup of cappuccino and ….voilà:) my new watercolor and ink painting in my favourite impressionist style

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Just imagine …warm evening, you walk somewhere near the Mediterranean sea’s streets and see flowers, red and pink peonies are in a straw basket on a wood door or window, watercolor and ink painting, impressionism. It’s my dream about our future travelling to the south of France or Italy or maybe …Greece. Who knows?:)

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Thank you to my daughter for this great gift book Leonardo’s Notebook, it is providing so many tips to all artists from the Master who lived 5 centuries ago!

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favorite art store in Toronto Deserres, Spadina Ave

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Pastel GrayPas Expressionist, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

My Toronto. Stay home and Urban sketching. Travel and Art. November, Winter mood. Part 10

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This part as an addition of my month of October daily sketches.

City of Toronto has the winter period, with snow, wind, when you might sit at home and enjoy the view from the window, with ice skating and the festive atmosphere of Christmas and New Years.

All paintings in this post were done in previuos seasons.

Ontario Place, Toronto, winter. Oil painting. Very far away is …yes the CN Tower, you might see this 0.5 km height landmark almost from any point in the city.

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The winter season of Toronto Music Garden downtown is very nice and shining neighbourhood with lots of lights, and a view of CN Tower. There are couple bright yellow summer beach chairs near frozen Ontario lake, waiting for the next summer season.

Queens Quay West street and Spadina. The streetcar is in hurry to the next year! This imaginary art includes the Toronto tram that is coming for next New Year with Christmas sled dears with gifts is in the air. The bucket of champagne is on the trams’ way. Happy Holidays will be welcoming … especially this year:)

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Another Toronto Music Garden’s warercolour painting. The snowman is sitting with CN Tower background and the silver christmas ball nearby. It was completed in previous winter when we had lots of snow even on the south of Toronto, nearby of Ontario lake. Not very often snow in this area of the city.

Maybe it was a family that had fun time together, playing in snowballs and making the snowman.


A beautiful frosty twilight of the downtown of Toronto with a view of featuring of the Financial district and its high risers, CN Tower and Thompson Hall. I added a gold powder to the painting.

Gold fantazy with the CN Tower and Thompson hall and large christmas balls.

The romantic holiday painting with the beautiful night view of Toronto, featuring cheerful downtown during the holiday season. Clock countdowns minutes to the New Year, Champagne is ready.

…and winter sunset skyline of Toronto downtown with CN Tower and Rogers centre. My dream shows lots of Christmas balls up in the air with my favorite places in Toronto – CN Tower, Rogers centre, Zoo, ROM Museum, Thompson Hall, Union station, AGO Museum, Pearson airport balls. Everybody can find their interesting places and buildings in the city.Watercolour painting with the landmarks and museums  of the City on the christmass balls, impressionism

Nightly blue colour of the Music Garden, Toronto

Blooming branch with flowers,drops of water. Impressionism.Still life

Hope that my posts about Toronto show the beauty and welcoming city:)

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

My Toronto. Stay home and Urban sketching. Travel and Art. Music Garden, downtown. Part 9

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This the last part of my daily “travel and art” journey of my home city Toronto in the month of October. This post is about my neighborhood and the local piece of nature called the Music Garden.

The current unusual year with #stayhome and #lockdown is giving me opportunity to discover the bright and friendly place I live in.

This painting is mostly for fun:) Honestly the main subject is the bright yellow street note for the pedestrians to be careful – “Sidewalk maybe slippery”.

I used to go this way every morning to my office. Not this year…Almost all locals are working from home except our essential and frontline workers, thank you! This is the bridge on Spadina avenue at Front street.

The garden is still blooming, very warm autumn this year.

My fall “travel and art” in October’s Toronto ended. There are many lovely places in and around the city.

I did photo of some daily sketches this month, some editing tasks in my art “office”:)

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

My Toronto. Stay home and Urban sketching. Travel and Art. Old Toronto. Part 8.

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My daily sketches’ journey in October 2020 is very close to the end. The next chapter is Old #Toronto.

Gooderham and Worts Distillery National Historic Site of Canada with industrial skyline of pitched roofs, turrets, chimney stacks and parapet.

There are abandoned buildings with modern city’s buildings as background. Paintings were done as mixed of watercolour pencils, watercolour paints and acrylic, above added oil to add some texture for bricks.

I added cum clouds for peaceful sky and keep the interest in the scene to substitute buildings’ pipes that do not smoke anymore.

Recreated the historical district, currently touristy place with preserved spirit.

Canada Malting Site .It is one of two remaining silos in Toronto’s Harbourfront in Ontario, Canada. It is almost 100 years.

The museum and house Sir William Campbell is a vibrant public space where members of Toronto’ communities giving life to the words “freedom of expression.” Painting was done as combination of fountain pen with watercolour paints.

Toronto CN Tower, its reflection on the downtown’s builfing , the landmark of the city for the last 45 years , it is old enough at least for our young country and city:). CN is originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower.At more than half of a km (555 m) the CN Tower held the record as the tallest building, tower, freestanding structure for over three decades.

I decided to be original and painted this famous building CN Tower not directly, but as reflection  of the standing high risers nearby to the tallest landmark in Canada:)
I added deep blue with nice raspberry colours for some romantic feeling. The early dawn’s colour painting was done in the morning, before work hours.

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favourite art store in Toronto is Deserres @Spadina avenue.

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

My Toronto. Stay home and Urban sketching. Travel and Art. Weird statues-2. Part 7.

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Daily sketches in downtown Toronto with some funny sculptures. In this post I am adding 3 interesting sculptures and architecture that are located at one park, very convenient for the artists, locals and tourists:)

Dog Fountain at Berczy park. 2020 new reality. I saw some disposable masks on the sculptures of dogs. It is still one of the favorite meet point for friends in the city:) I added coolers of sour cream, tobacco and cappuccino to add warmth of the last days of the Indian summer. 

Toronto downtown beautiful Flatiron building by architector Derek Besant. It has a narrow angle from one side, but I like its facade on Berczy park, overlooking the square, like the wrapped edges of autumn leaves. I using colors salmon + rose + vanilla

And another weird and fanciful sculpture of hands out of the ground. Maybe they are life-giving hands of the Earth?:) In my painting I used matte and very deep black with indigo, grass is an autumn shade of flax. The background is the peach-colored building Flatiron building at Berczy park.

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favourite art store in Toronto is Deserres @Spadina avenue.

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

My Toronto. Stay home and Urban sketching. Travel and Art. Weird statues. Part 6

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My “travelling and art” journey in my city of Toronto, and the next chapter is some… weird sculptures:) The idea is to enjoy a city and study its history and architecture while walking around the city and making sketches.

“Between the eyes” Toronto street sculpture, Ontario. We know how the smile of the Cheshire Cat looks like from the book Alice’s Adventures popularized by Lewis Carroll. My guess that the sculpture shows how the Cheshire Cat’s eyes look like:) I added some silver powder to my painting with sea-colored and raspberry paints for the buildings on Yonge street.

Another weird and funny statue is “Rising” in downtown of Toronto, at University avenue. I would say that it is a combination of an animal …maybe an elk or.. a deer or… an elephant in combination with the branches of forest’ trees. The “Rising” like the Atlant carries on himself the whole colossus of a high rise building. I added spicy brown color to the wall that gives some warmth to the cold silver’s colour of the statue.

The next interesting composition called “Fair grounds”, consists of four pairs of stainless chairs in the middle of a street Wellington W. at John st. One pair of the chairs is “looking” in the same direction, representing a “familiar/family” relationship. The 2nd pair is “arguing” as they are set back to back, just like when two people don’t want to look at or talk to each other. The 3rd pair is “friends”: they are set facing each other, just like friends who sit down to have a chat. And the last pair is set near each other but they are looking in different directions – just like “strangers” would.

Some of these chairs are elegant, some are simple, and each has a unique style, just like people… Next time you walk by these, have a seat at this unique composition. It’d be interesting to see which pair of chairs you would chose: “Family”, “Arguing”, “Friends” or “Strangers”?:)

And adding the bright sketch of Red canoe. Why I am adding this drawing to the post with the weird statues? Because this red boat is standing on top of my neighborhood’s hill!:) Nice warm weather is helping for outdoor art. Enjoying the sun and fresh air and local sketching exersises!:)

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

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Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

My Toronto. Stay home and Urban sketching. Travel and Art. Ontario Place. Part 5

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Toronto daily sketches are continued…Mild autumn weather in Toronto helps my art activities.

Ontario Place is an artificially created island park in downtown with recreation area, on the territory of which there are venues for various festivals, an IMAX cinema, a Budweiser concert stage, well this year they are quite empty..

It has a small marina with snow-white yachts, and many pleasant paths for walking and cycling.

Lovely sunset in Ontario Place and its lonely standing windshare. It reminds me about its famous windmills near Amsterdam, or Cervantes Don Quichotte mills in Spain or a flour mill of my grandgrandparents as per our family’s legends in Belarus. Yes, I am missing so much our annual vacation in Europe, hope that this “stayhome” will be over soon…

Toronto’s fall is very soft and warm, so you can enjoy all this beauty, leisurely walking through numerous the local parks and the picturesque waterfront of Lake Ontario.

Beautiful maples, painted in bright red and gold, are planted along the Ontario lake’s parks.

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favourite art store in Toronto is Deserres @Spadina avenue.

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

Daisy Oracle.Part 2.(He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not). Marguerities in Giverny, France.

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Why do I love daisies? they are like little tender, gentle suns.

I hope to have a chance to enjoy a truly cozy Norman village again sometime in the near future. It is especially beautiful in the evening while taking a leisurely stroll along the main street, admiring the old farms, going to a small restaurant, having a glass of crisp apple cider with a slice of camembert.

I recently found that the word daisy is the french word marguerite , and in the Greek means “pearl.” The word “daisy” comes from Old English daeges eage, meaning “day’s eye.” Our word, “day,” comes from the word “dawn.” The term “day’s eye” refers to the way the flower opens its petals in the morning and closes …

Early summer morning, just before the sun lights it up, the moist grass appears almost black in the shadow.Watercolour painting of marguiritues, its called shasta daisy.

In the the Middle Ages daisies were called the “Romanov Flower”.

In ancient Egypt, daisies were dedicated to the sun god Ra. And the Greek name translates to “white flower”.

In my opinion, the ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ is wrong. it should go: “he loves me, he loves me dearly, he loves me tenderly, he loves me passionately, he loves me…” This way, your mood is guaranteed to be good, and the daisy is pleased that it was not in vain that she sacrificed her beauty to resolve your heart’s doubts. “Guess the right way, love and be loved”. And believe the daisy, because it will always confirm that … your person loves you!:)

Watercolour painting of Gerbera daisies.

You might visit site Foundation Monet to learn more about Giverny. http://fondation-monet.com/en/giverny/

Giverny. address 84 rue Claude Monet
27620 Giverny

You might read the 1st part of the post https://travelartblog.home.blog/2020/08/26/daisy-oracle-part-1-he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not-marguerities-in-giverny-france-still-life-and-urban-sketching-art-and-travel/

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

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You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Daisy Oracle.Part 1 (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not). Marguerities in Giverny, France. Still life and urban sketching. Art and Travel.

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Daisies have already told millions of people whether that special someone loves them or not.

Recited while plucking the petals from a daisy.

He loves me,
He loves me not.
He loves me,
He loves me not.
He loves me,
He loves me not…

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Watercolour painting of flower plume of daisy petals.

Giverny . With the arrival of spring, the first flowers appear in Claude Monet’s garden – these are hyacinths, daffodils, pansies and daisies.

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Giverny is a small village in Normandy where the home and garden of the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet is located.

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Watercolour painting, a view of daisies from above.

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#workfromhome. We are dreaming, planning future vacations around the world and learning other languages, in my example, French 🙂

You might visit site Foundation Monet to learn more about Giverny. http://fondation-monet.com/en/giverny/ 

Giverny. address 84 rue Claude Monet
27620 Giverny

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

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For all the coffee lovers.Toronto, still life and urban sketching.Coffee and breakfast in megapoles

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Even a regular #Mondaymorning could be enjoyable and relaxing, especially when #workingfromhome. This is a view from my home in downtown Toronto, with a dark rye sandwich with salmon, a small cup of coffee – what else could an artist need? And a watercolour painting on another morning…

Paintings with oil pastel: A small cup of coffee for a busy-morning breakfast.

Paintings with oil pastel. Coffee aromas come in all different flavours: fruity, caramelized, sometimes nutty and even burnt; it always energizes me.  I take a few moments every morning to enjoy my coffee while watching the vibrant young Toronto get about its daily hustle and bustle

A cup of coffee and flowers, what could be better in the morning..? Adding some bright and delicate colours to the grey downtown city landscape #Toronto. Wild summer flower bouquet in a vase.

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favourite art store in Toronto is DeSerred. Address is 130 Spadina ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Summer vacation, lakes, boats and travel in Ontario, Canada

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Summer vacation is for rest and fun. What do you need to do some watercolour painting outside? just some simple art tools.

Below is my favorite art bag with the travel brush, small watercolor paint box and album for sketching. A silk scarf is just for beauty…or you might use it as a mask.. it’s up to you:)

I painted the picture below in the late afternoon at #Toronto #downtown, on #Ontario lake before another #downpour this evening.  It was quiet in the park – that perfectly calm feeling before the storm – with only lightly swaying boats creaking in rhythm on the waves. 

The scent of ozone signaled stormy weather so I ran away just before the rain started pouring- but I captured the atmosphere – see there are actual rain drops in the painting? I love summer storms 🙂

#Ontario #Kawarta #lakes -This watercolour was done directly on the boat on a warm summer evening as my husband was fishing 1 foot away from me in the same boat 🙂

I aimed to catch the soft evening hues of the little cottage on the shore, and the surrounding green leaves and and the monochrome stones. The lake and two birches on the high lake shore reminded me of my motherland, the far-away #Belarus. 

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

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You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Italy, berries, Travel and Art, part 6. Urban sketching and Still life.

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Summer is here!!! Do you like to go to the local markets when you are travelling? I love it! My favorite one in Rome is close to the Vatican. It is called Mercato Trionfale, address is at the end of this.

Our family stayed in one of Vatican area hotels and we went to the Mercato Trionfale market often. Berry shopping was our favorite.

For this post, I gathered bright paintings from the market – only Italian and only berries.

(And yes, watermelon is a berry)

I love cherries, especially Italian ones. For some reason, I associate the aroma with my parents’ summer house when there was a plate on the table with bright juicy cherries, sometimes sweet and sometimes sour. The aroma of cherries reminds me the feeling of a summer break and leisurely summer evenings at the cottage. Cheries’ aroma and taste are so tender, joyful, feminine, just like summer itself:)

My daughter sent me this photo with a view of their breakfast in Positano, Italy, above the Mediterrenian sea with berries, fruit and orange juice. I wish to visit this place, so I added my art travel tools, the sketchbook and my favorite Staedtler pencil to this painting –  e voila – it’s like I was here as well. Hope my dream will come true one day…

Grapes. Two interesting facts about them: they are also berries, and apparently, they have been around for 65 million years. Would you like to know why grapes are different colours? The funny ancient legend says that grapes appeared on Earth a very long time ago, its parents were Earth and Sun. At the time of the grapes’ birth, it didn’t take them a month or two to ripen, as it does now; it happened very quickly – from morning until dusk, and those that had time to ripen by dawn, borrowed its tender blush from morning dawn and turned pink.

The clusters, ripened in the afternoon, became golden yellow – they took over the gold of its rays from the sun shining brightly in the sky. Berries ripened late in the evening as the southern night conveyed its dark or velvety blue tones. Voilà:)

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favourite art store in Toronto is DeSerred, address is 130 Spadina ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tools used for my painting. Watercolour brands Van Gogh and Cotman. Paper Canson Mix Media album 28×35 cm (11×14 in.) and Canson Watercolour album 25×35 cm (11 x15 in.)

Mercato Trionfale, address Via le Goletta,1 Mercato Trionfale address Market · Via la Goletta, 1 Rome

Oranges and its trees, Spain, part 2.

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Do you like the smell of oranges as I like it? Sweetish, light, slightly tart and such a sunny smell of orange peel.

Oranges remind me about the sunny summer days and New Year’s eve at the same time. My mom used to put these little bright balls on the Christmas trees as additional decorations. Later we ate the oranges, its smell was the mixture summer’s aroma and pine needles’ smell, such a holiday feeling from these fruits.

This spring we are on hold for travelling. I continue “flying” through our family images, my paintings are the versions of some summer photos in Spain. Spanish cities have whole alleys of such trees.

Orange paradises with the smell of flowering orange trees are in the cities and their gardens, Barcelona, Cordoba, Madrid, Sevillia…

There are many interesting legends associated with the orange. One of them claims that it was not an apple, but an orange, that was the forbidden fruit that served as the reason for the expulsion of our ancestors from paradise.

According the legend, Eve was succumbing to the temptation of the snake tempter, tasted the fruit of an orange from the tree of knowledge and offered it to Adam, and the archangels blew their trumpets and showered her head with the snow-white, fragrant flowers of an orange tree (orange blossom). But after this episode, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden.

You can find the part 1 here, link below https://travelartblog.home.blog/2020/05/17/oranges-and-its-trees-rome-part-1-urban-sketching-and-still-life-travel-and-art/ 


Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favourite art store in Toronto is DeSerred, address is 130 Spadina ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tools used for my painting. Watercolour brands Van Gogh and Cotman. Paper Canson Mix Media album 28×35 cm (11×14 in.) and Canson Watercolour album 25×35 cm (11 x15 in.)

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

Water ripples. Why I look at circles on the water when throwing stones into a lake?

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There is the old joke. A person can forever look at 3 things: how the fire burns, how the water flows and how the other person works.

This time I am doing art when “travelling” to the Ontario lake just next to our building where we live in the downtown of Toronto.

Spring morning fog is colouring water ripples.

There is a some philosophical meaning in this question- when I am throwing stones into water, why I look at circles on the water? This action reminds me that all our actions should be good or content.

And if do not look at the circles on the water, then the whole meaning of this lesson is lost. And all our actions, and our whole life, turn out to be devoid of inner content.

All our achievements- they are like circles on the water. And we should look what they will be, so taking care of the circlrs on the water we leave behind. This spring is giving time and opportunity to be a little be a “philosophical” person:)

Lake’s waves are showing trees and cities’ buildings reflection.

Some spring rain drops in the lake

Reflection of trees and water in the lake

A great expression by Claude Monet about water is “The essence of the motif is the mirror of water, whose appearance alters at every moment.”

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Tools used for my painting. Watercolour brands Van Gogh and Cotman. Paper Canson Mix Media album 28×35 cm (11×14 in.) and Canson Watercolour album 25×35 cm (11 x15 in.)

5 reasons to visit Paris’ Luxembourg park in summer, or the top things to do in Luxemburg garden. Part 5

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In the centre of Paris there is Luxembourg garden that contains over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains, it is one of the largest green spaces in the center of Paris. In addition, you might read about Luxembourg gardens in the memoir “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway.

It was originally owned by the duke of Luxembourg, then purchased by Marie Medici, the wife of King Henry IV. The Queen requested that the garden should be in Italian style. The Jardin du Luxembourg features several noteworthy fountains. Fontaine Medici is the most famous romantic Baroque fountain.

Fontaine Médicis. It is located at the end of a small pond at the north east side of the park. A central sculpture group shows the Greek mythological figure of Polyphemus who observes the lovers Acis and Galatea. It is flanked by allegorical figures depicting the rivers Seine and Rhône.

The central niche is occupied by a marble group depicting Acis and Galathea lying under a rock at the top of which appears the colossal bronze figure of Polyphemus preparing to throw at his rival the stone that is to give him death. Galatea, in Greek mythology, a nereid who was loved by the Cyclops. Galatea, however, loved the youth Acis. When Cyclops discovered Acis and Galatea together, he crushed Acis to death with a boulder.

Above is a composition of three sketches. Left side is two men in office suites are spending their lunchtime, behind them the statue of Sainte Geneviève, she is the patron saint of Paris in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. Right side is a man jogging in the park, behind statues from Greek mythology. In the middle a tourist is enjoying statue of Marie Stuart, the French Queen. Surrounding the central green space are twenty figures of French queens and famous women standing on pedestals.

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The statue L’acteur Grec. The actor, wearing a mask on his forehead, repeats his role by reciting his text written on a parchment.

Relaxing in the park during lunchtime, people are reading books, handing together, listening to the music, lots of students. This is also one of the parks where you can simply get hold of one of the many chairs and take it to the exact spot where you want to sit next to elegant statues around the park.

The park is popular with chess players and petanque players. I did some sketches on location.

In the middle of the park is a large octagonal pond Grand Bassin. Jardin du Luxembourg boasts many attractions such as pony rides, a large playground. Around the pond are nice lawns, paths, and some of Paris’s most beautiful flower beds. There’s also a tennis court, a music pavilion and an orangery in the park.

Next, just 15 min walking from Luxembourg garden might visit very famous restaurant La Coupole. It was one of my teen’s dreams to visit this famous place. Certain scenes were carried out at the legendary restaurant La Coupole with Sophie Marceau and Denise Grey, actress who played her grand-grand-mother. The Art Deco style, the massive counter and the chic brasserie spirit of the places is still in place.

La Coupole brasserie, it is one of the famous one and exist from 1927. On wall, you might see photos of their famous visitors Édith Piaf, Leger, Zadkine and others celebrities

I recommend trying some house specialities. And yes, I asked staff where is the table in the movie “La Boum” actresses were sitting; it was just next to our table 🙂

The painting was done during one of cozy pleasant summer evening in Paris’ bridge Alexander III with its chic street lumps. The gold, relaxing colours of evening’s sunset sky invited me to add some imaginary air balloons for my art.

Well, why I invite you to one of my favourite places in Paris? There are 5 reasons to visit the Luxembourg gardens: enjoying over a hundred sculptures in a free open air museum, read a book on a chair in any space you might choose to put it, jogging in the centre of Paris, enjoy French cuisine in any nearby cafe or have a snack with your colleagues or friends during your lunchtime and do urban sketching of local architecture and other many things…

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:)

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You might visit my personal website pages and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Pastel GrayPas Expressionist, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

Luxemburg Gardens. Address Rue de Medicis | Rue de Vaugirard Paris

La Coupole brasserie. address 102, boulevard fr Montparnasse, Paris

3 days in Paris or a slice of museums in Paris the home for wonderful museums. Part 3.

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Travel and art. Urban sketching

My family loves Paris, it was our tenth vacation in Paris for last decade, and my suggested itinerary is for advanced travelers and art lovers. In my post I will share information about 4 museums: Maillol, Orangerie, Modern Art and Palais de Tokyo and D’Orsay museums. All four museums are in the centre of Paris, from one to another will take approximately half of hour of walking or using public transportation.

Later, I will go back to previous trips with other museums in Paris, there are plenty of options with everybody’s interests.

The first museum in the itinerary is the Maillol museum, with permanent and temporary expositions.

Small house-museum of sculptor Maillol; he met the famous sculptor Rodin when he was already 40 years old. Rodin recognized the talent of the man and provided some support to Maillol. Address of the museum is 61, rue de Grenelle, it is just a couple of blocks from d’Orsay museum.

Three beauties that actually represent the same woman, the model was the artist’s muse Dina Vierny. She was depicted in different poses, running, standing, sitting and relaxing. Especially interesting is a small hall on the second floor. You should stand in the middle of the room and you get into a round dance of feminine sculptures made from black granite.

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Museum’s one of relaxing sitting statue… Grace itself lives here!

In the museums you might see people copying paintings. It is artists who learn to work in the manner of great masters. This is my view of this piece of art.

A small cafe of Museum Maillol with some green cozy armchairs; I did the sketch while we had lunch. This time we started our visit to museum from attending the museum’s cafe. There are couple funny sayings such as “Theatre starting from a hanger” and “hungry belly is deaf for learning”:) I do recommend this cafe’s local food meals, salads and quiches, quietly enjoying not just the process of eating but also looking at the celebrities’ photos on its walls. The site of cafe will be provided at the end of this post.

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Visitors in museum, mostly Parisians, not tourists, at least I think so…This hot July’s evening, on Friday, after long work week, these people went to the small museum, standing in quite long line to enjoy ART!

Some tips for artist. Try to do quick sketches on location, people and exponents are showing how close interests are matching and represent the museum itself, plenty of ideas… museum sketching is like taking a photo, only instead of a phone or camera might be a notebook and pencils or markers, and your own interpretation.

The museum’s temporary collection of Emil Buhre in 2019 represented non-typical paintings by famous artists such as Cezanne and Van Gogh. Some temporary exhibitions might surprise even sophisticated art lovers.

Next is Musée de l’Orangerie. The museum is famous with two Claude Monet Water Lilies galleries.

On the ground floor there is a permanent collection of Impressionist artists. One of my favourite artists is Marie Laurencin who painted Coco Chanel in a relaxed pose in blue and black with one shoulder bare, the flowing lines, delicately changing colours and Chanel’s dreamy expression are distinctive of Laurencin’s style. The legend says that Coco Chanel, already rich and famous, turned the painting down, saying it did not look like her. The museum bought the painting. I bought a silk scarf with this panting, but the version without the famous figure on it:)

I made a few sketches of visitors. One interesting couple of an elegant lady explained about the piece of art to her granddaughter about famous painting, and a tourist from Japan who is standing very close to painting and trying to understand how Monet was using the indefinite strokes of a brush, on the painting it makes such an organic picture from some distance.

Next museums are Museum Modern Art and Museum Palais de Tokyo.

Well, it is a special museum for people who like modern art. One of this museum’s painting I really liked was a picture of some human hands. They were painted from darkness and reflecting its true mood, temper and feeling. At this moment of this person’s character. I love Stefan Zweig novella “24 Hours of a Woman’s Life” that tells about one memorable day in the woman’s life. On this day she was watching only hands of the players in the casino. People might make a blank face, “mask” behind, however their hands will show people real emotions … if you are watching the hands, you might find some discoveries.

The Museum of Art’s only temporary exhibitions and their visitors are extravagant, similar to the paintings in this museum.

Museum Modern Art and Museum Palais de Tokyo are next to each other. They both have a stunning view to the Eiffel towel. Also, I might recommend having some rest in the museum’s very comfortable chairs, it’s one of the benefits of the museum after long day:)

And the last museum in this post is my favourite museum, D’Orsay. Every vacation we are visiting this museum. This year it was the exhibition of Berthe Morrisot.

Building of Museum D’Orsay is ex-train station, it looks like a boat from another side of the Seine river.

Temporary exhibition in summer 2019 had paintings of Berthe Morisot, one of seven main first impressionists. It was a vast selection of paintings; some were from art museums, some were from private collections. Berthe Morisot was born in rich family and produced art works the way she felt and enjoyed the process itself. One of Mme Morisot’s discoveries was painting of ladies’ private from high society, showing for example a morning of a lady with very delicate colours of paint. Some art works show ladies and children with a view from balconies; a space is neither at home nor outside.

Famous clock in the museum’s building, elegant and beautiful, it gives grace and style and matching with impressionism art in D’Orsay museum.

The sketch was done in D’Orsay museum’s restaurant. This museum has three options if you are hungry. The restaurant on the 2nd floor is the most elegant one. When you are sitting in museum’s restaurant and around you classic paintings and statues…you are enjoying life NOW:)

After long days, it is so nice to return to the original Parisian hotel de Varenne. Sometimes you might open for yourself an interesting art in relaxing atmosphere of a local garden, just in between two buildings in the centre of Paris.

Hotel garden’s sculptures of some little Cupidons:)

Sometimes we cannot explain what exactly is happening to us, but the soul seems to sing, and in the stomach “butterflies fly”. This feeling is usually called falling in love, or they say: Cupid’s arrows hit me, maybe this magic place might help you:)

Sketch of hunting dogs’ emblem on walls and cozy street lamps are in the hotel’s garden.

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Lion statue in Paris. It seems like the Lion is floating above the city of Paris, sees everything and enjoys city’s sunrises and sunsets along with its residents and visitors.

And at the end of the post about my favourite city, Paris, I would like to confirm that life is what you make it!

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:)

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You might visit my personal website pages and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

My favourite art store in Paris Un Jour Un Artisan. address 31, La Motte Picquet Grenelle, Paris http://www.unjourunartisan.fr/

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Pastel GrayPas Expressionist, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

Museum Maillol https://www.museemaillol.com/en. address 61 rue de Grenelle.museum Maillol’s cafe https://www.museemaillol.com/en/prepare-your-visit/cafe-freres-prevert

Museum d’Orangerie. address 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris

Modern Museum. address 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris

Museum de Tokyo. address 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris

Museum d’Orsay. address 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris

Hôtel de Varenne. address 44, rue de Bourgogne, Paris

Nice, France, one-day trips in Provance or how to bring more joy to your vacation in the south of France. Part 2

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Urban sketching. Travel, Architecture and Art.

In this post I would like to talk about some one-day trips from Antibes or Nice. For me, sitting in one place and swimming in the sea, enjoying sunny beaches and cuisine is fine for a couple days, then I need more. Provencal cities are so close to each other by distance and are so rich in history, art and architecture, it would be a “crime” not visit some of the local small towns in the neighborhood.

Provencal ceramic tableware with sun-drenched harmony of Provence in single handmade plates with vibrant colours found in the South of France and Italy

Our Provencal Itinerary. This trip was started in Nice – Grasse – Mougins – Moulins d’Opio – Waterfalle sur Loup -Tourrettes du Loup- Gourdon.

We always travel by train or bus… but this time we decided to save our time and travelled with a tour operator.

Old Train station in Nice was recently renovated – it seems to beinviting to join one of the most beautiful cities that is conveniently located near the sea.

Our tour started from Nice. You might be picked up from your hotel by the tour operator. In our case we lived in Antibes. As an option, a driver could pick you up from your city, with an additional cost. We decided to take a train from Antibes to Nice, just 10 -15 min, cost 4 Euros and another reason to visit Nice.

Blue train brings people to Mediterranean Sea every day

The 1st stop was in Grasse, the capital of perfumery. According to the legend of the 17th century, the city had numerous leather shops and the skin was soaked with flower essences to remove an unpleasant odour, and thanks to Louis XIII and his beautiful wife Anna of Austria, a Spanish-born queen… she provided some Spanish and Arab secrets of perfumed skins. So perfumes came to us from the city of Grasse. You might want to visit Parfumerie Fragonard.

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The whole city is covered in flowers; a local perfume factory acquaints visitors with its spirits. During our previous visit to Grasse several years ago, we walked several times through the local central square near the town hall to admire the views of the mountains from a huge cliff. It was blooming with floral aromas, the local fountain freshened the air with water. And only then I realized that the fountain was spraying perfumed water.

Sketch of our excursions perfume factory and olive store at Le Moulin D’Opio, Opio. Legendary Fragonard was the mayor of the city. The city has the Fragonard Museum is located at: 14 rue Jean Ossola, Hotel de Villeneuve, Grasse

Some interesting facts about Fragonard: he was the artist and pioneer of the Rococo style. There is a famous painting “The Swing” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Fragonard was a distant relative of my beloved impressionist artist Bertha Morisot. We visited museum D’Orsay in Paris this year, Morisot’s personal exhibition in the museum. Stay tuned for more information on it in my future posts.

The next town we visited was Mougins, is a city of art galleries and artist’ workshops. On a small plaza, I saw a mysterious lady in a beautiful hat near the city’s legendary museum.

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The city has a famous Mougins’ Museum of Classical Art; it’s a private museum and costs14 Euros (2019) but it’s worth it. Address: 32 Rue Commandeur, Mougins. The Mougins museum has the world’s largest private collection of antic helmets.  I never would have thought that there was such a variety of helmets.

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In the museum, the lighting was dark so my sketches reflect the overall impressions of the gloom.  I like to observe museums’ visitors; it shows the general impression of direction of exhibits in museum. We visited the museum on Monday when there were no visitors so the whole museum was ours. I was surprised to see such a rich collection outside the Louvre or British Museums.

One of my artistic goals is to paint the combination of houses, people, café, streets, landscapes, food, Provencal ice creams: everything is in one bottle of flavour that brings together the image of a city or place.

On the way to the city, our tour operator told us about an interesting annual festival ‘International Gastronomy Festival of Mougins’, or ‘Les Étoiles de Mougins’. The festival used to be an event that brought lots of tourists and media attention to the town of Mougins. However, effective this year it was decided to hold the festival in other cities in the world and send Mougins’ Michelin chefs to the festival to demonstrate the culinary art of the city’s chefs. So, understandably, the residents of the city are disappointed and would like to return the tourists to their city. To get here, you can take a train/bus from Antibes or Nice. At the end of this post, I will provide instructions on how to get to this town.

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Our next visit was a small place at Moulin d’Opio mill, with its olive grove and a small store. When you visit this place, you will immediately remember Van Gogh’s painting.   Its owners are the fifth generation of this family; they were telling us how olive oil is produced for many centuries and we tested different varieties of olives, French oil, tapenade on toast and drinks.

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I would never have thought that I would try olive oil on its own. It was an interesting experiment.

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Tourettes-sur-loup

Stroll through the medieval streets and admire the stone façades and fragrant flowers of some of the prettiest settlements in France.

One of local legends says that the English Queen Victoria was driving through on a donkey with her staff, and after this uneasy journey, she ordered to build a road to this town so that everyone could see the beauties of this place. And it was completed, so now you can enjoy them too. The main square of the town is named after the Queen.

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As you walk around town, you will notice violets everywhere: painted on the asphalt in the ice cream… Violet ice cream was a pleasant discovery for me, it’s worth coming to this mountainous town just for its sake!

The next stop was Mountain waterfalls that called Cascades du Saut du Loup. From French language saut du loup means the mouth of wolf.

I don’t know what kind of mouth of a wolf it is; I personally saw a huge muzzle of an orang-utan in the rocks.

The highest town of our trip was Gordon and its magnificent castle perched 750 meters above sea level on rocks.

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A little comment regarding the tour. Part of our goal for this trip was to see Provencal lavender fields but our tour operator, driver and a cheerful guide in one, dashingly driving a car along the mountain spiral roads of Provence, said that there was a mistake and it would take another hour to get to the lavender fields from this town. There are 2 similar cities- Gourdon and Gordes, there are 2 different places and tour company made an error  … well we have a reason to come back! It was our joke throughout this long day; we were looking for lavender bushes or small patches of planted lavender saying “Well here’s lavender! “and laughing.

The locals told us that in previous years the lavender fields really bloomed around the town, but one year it was a cold winter and lavender bushes could not survive. And after that, they were not planted again, what a pity!

Serpentine mountain road that leads to mountain towns Gourdon and Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the medieval town…and in the sky we saw a cloud “goose”.

And then on another direction, the second trip was a separate one-day independent trip from Antibes to Cannes and Le Cannet.

Provence is famous for its art museums in every small town or village. Le Cannet is a small suburb of Cannes. In North America this suburb would be part of a big city, for example GreaterToronto or GreaterVancouver.

The Central Train Station in Cannes is located in the heart of the city. To get there, take the bus #  Bus Palm’Express n°1 and within 10 minutes, you will reach Le Cannet’s famous museum Bonnard.  Address: 16 boulevard Sadi Carnot, 06110 Le Cannet

House-museum artist Bonnard. Bonnard lived in Le Cannetfor25 years and created his Provencal paintings, saturated with sunlight, light and air.  We were waiting for an exhibition that just opened during our vacation in Antibes. The temporary exhibition of collection Nahmad (De L’Impressionisme À Bonnard et Picasso) represented the Impressionist artists and organically blended into the permanent collection of Bonnard museum.

The city Cannes we visited on our way back to Antibes.

We were planning to visit Cannes’ famous Red Carpet

in my picture the celebrities’ prints go to the sky like a road up

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The topography of the area is a mountainous terrain and if you are not a fan of renting car in a foreign country, there are a few alternatives to driving.

The first option is the train. They are convenient, quick, comfortable, inexpensive, and all trains have an efficient schedules with small gaps in between 2 trains. For example, from Nice to Grasse the train’s cost was 10 Euros (2019). However, this option has a disadvantage that you rarely can get to see small towns by trains.

 The second option is the bus. The advantage of buses is that their routes are reaching even the smallest mountain towns, and this is the cheapest option. The inconvenience is that sometimes you have to take a transfer between interregional buses and local city’s buses and most importantly, the bus trip will be longer than any train.

The third option is a combination of the first two OR a travel company. If your goal is visiting several small mountain towns within 1-2 days then local or international tour operators might be a good alternative for you. At the end of this post a link to Viator as an example of a tour.

Tools used for my painting Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:)

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

 How to get from Antibes to Le Mougins. Take Train to Cannes, then bus to Mougins. Lines 25-27. Cannes – Ranguin <> Gare Routière des Messugues <> Collège Eganaude – Sophia Antipolis, par Mougins

How to get from Antibes to Le Cannet . Take train Antibes to Cannes, bus #1 and 4(?), 15 min =10 stops to Musee Bonnard, Bus Palm’Express n°1, arrêt « Mairie du Cannet

Town of Grasse. http://www.ville-grasse.fr/

Moulin d’Opio http://www.moulin-dopio.com/olives/en/. Address 2, route de Châteauneuf, OPIO

Mougins museum https://mouginsmusee.com/en

Tourrettes-sur-Loup. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourrettes-sur-Loup

Town Gordon https://www.provenceweb.fr/e/alpmarit/gourdon/gourdon.htm

http://www.cannes.com/en/festival-de-cannes/the-festival-in-pictures

https://www.viator.com/French-Riviera/d179-ttd

Le Cannet museum http://www.museebonnard.fr/

https://www.viator.com

Paris, Bastille Day, French National Day. 5 things you must see during Bastille day. Part 4

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Travel and Art. Urban sketching.

Every year, French Nation celebrates the most important day for the country French National Day or Bastille Day. 

July 14 in 2019 was year of 230 anniversary of Bastille and 130 years of Eiffel Tower. It was one of my life’s highlights and here are some tips how to celebrate the Bastille Day in Paris.

The most attractive bridge in Paris, Alexander III, that connects Artillery Academy and Concord square. It is eliminating during a day and night with their gold statues, gorgeous street lamps, relaxing and busy locals and visitors from all countries.

July 14, some sketches were done on location with fireworks, parade and street lamps on the streets of Paris.

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Below is one Paris website that will help you to navigate you during this day. https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/bastille-day-in-paris/july-14th-fireworks/july-14th-fireworks-display

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I suggest watching Paris’ morning military parade down the Avenue des Champs Élysées, there are representatives of different military units. Interesting view when aircraft planes are painting the sky in a 3-color rainbow- red, blue and white.

Then, relaxing walking around city, it is nice holiday atmosphere. I made few sketches on location.

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How about wedding in Paris? I did the painting of a bride on one of the Parisian bridge when a designer, groom and photographer were around this young lady in her white dress in one of important day in the life:)

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In the centre, next to Grand Palais people are playing football or sitting and enjoying lunch on the grass waiting for the fireworks. I noticed there were no one unpleasant incident during a day even the city is full of people:)

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There is young couple on scooters exploring the city, mother and a girl are playing games next to Paris Military academy, very relaxing feeling on this day.

Sketch done in our favourite restaurant Bouillon Chartier

The restaurant Bouillon Chartier,with its magnificent stucco molding on the walls, the majestic atmosphere where the waiters write the bill directly on the tablecloth according their customs since the opening in 1896, and the most important – its food, ingenious, homemade, varied, not very expensive, and there is always something to surprise and welcome their clients. There is even a song about this restaurant. The restaurant is mentioned in Albert Willemetz’s 1939 song “Félicie aussi”, sung by Fernandel. In Les beaux quartiers, Louis Aragon mentioned Le bouillon Chartier: the young medical student character Edmond Barbentane has lunch there regularly…

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And of course the highlight of this day- firework in the evening! We chose a place to watch firework on the bridge. We were standing in Parisian Babylon, admiring the view of Eiffel Tower, firework itself and the reflection of the city and the next bridge, Alexander III. People were shouting joyful exclamations, they were from different parts of the world, enjoying of this show there were people from the UK, China, Portugal, Russia, Japan, and us, from Canada:)

Well, there are 5 reasons to be in Paris in National French Day. Morning parade, relaxing or play football with your friends in the centre of Paris or rent a scooter and enjoy Paris with some speed, view Eiffel Tower with some snack, baguette is must-be, night fireworks and of course, urban sketching of happy life and architecture of old and young city Paris.

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:)

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You might visit my personal website pages and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Tools used for my painting. Watercolour used Charvin and Van Gogh brands, Pastel GrayPas Expressionist, Derwent watercolour pencils and Faber Castell artist pens. Paper Strathmore Watercolour and Mixed Media albums, 15×20 cm (6×8 in.)

Website with Bastille Day’s schedule is https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/bastille-day-in-paris/july-14th-fireworks/july-14th-fireworks-display

Pont Alexandre III | Quai d’Orsay, Paris. the bridge is nex to Concord bridge and Invalides bridges

Grand Palais. address 3 avenue du General Eisenhower | Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris

Paris Military Academy. address 1 Place de Joffre

Urban sketching. Paris, 1 day trips. Châteaus Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte or a true gems why to visit the Chateaus. Travel and Art,Part 6

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There are many options to do one-day trips from Paris. This time we chose a day trip to Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte chateaus. The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is accessible by public transport but it will take a couple hours with subway plus train plus a local bus unless you drive by car.

Map to Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau châteaux

Map to two chateaus. Our one day trip’s itinerary is from Paris to Chateau de Veux le Vicomte and Fountenableau, back to Paris. We took a bus from Paris City Vision. Departure is from Paris’ centre, highly recommend this trip, just book it in advance:) In the middle of sketch is our couple, my husband and I, who loves travelling, art and architecture.

The first castle was Vaux le Vicomte château

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A view to stunning Vaux le Vicomte château that later inspired the famous Versailles. I imagined that beautiful ladies with little coloured umbrellas from 17th century are walking at the park.

The legend says that Nicolas Fouquet invited King Louis XIV and the whole court to the inauguration of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The owners organized a grand and luxurious party and a dinner, gold-plated gondolas glided through the channels, and gold salad bowls decorated its tables. The monarch, blinded by the brilliance of the stolen gold, refused to stay away for the night and went to Fontainebleau. The unlucky aristocrat who dared to cast a shadow on the Sun King was arrested by the musketeers on charges of fraud of the state treasury. Sentenced to life imprisonment and deprived of connection with the outside world.

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Ladies who guard the family and peace. What is the most fascinating in the history of the chateau are their legendary ladies of Vaux les Vicomte chateaux. Just some of amazing legends. The first, Marie-Madeleinede Castille, the spouse of Vaux les Vicomte, continued supporting her husband, when he received instead of three months of initial detention, later it was changed to life one. Mme Fouquet fought for her husband for many years, and recovered their family property 10 years later. Another intelligent lady was Guyonne de Durfort who during the revolution, didn’t let the castle be plundered and kept the whole situation in her hands, having given the castle to the “disposal” of the revolutionary committee and …voila …the whole furniture is still in place. One more heroic lady Permisine Cas de Dorier set up a military hospital in the chateau during World War.

The history says that the castle was built by three masters. Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s Superintendant, brought together an architect, Louis Le Vau, a painter, Charles Le Brun, and a landscape gardener, André Le Notre, to execute jointly the entire project.  The result of this fraternal union was a work of supreme gorgeousness.

By the way, a cafe in the chateau will appeal to any lover of French cuisine

Crews and fun were present at only during the first ball. You might feel ghosts everywhere…

Why do not buy a magnet and little spoons with little squirrels on top. Yes, squirrel is emblem of the family and chateau.

On summer evenings, costume candles are held here by candlelight, we will definitely return…

Next castle was Fontainebleau chateau, Stendhal called it the “architectural encyclopaedia” and Napoleon called the “House of Ages”.

Four French monarchs were born in the Fontainebleau palace, and for many rulers it was the main residence. At present, the palace has become part of UNESCO World Heritage, and its chambers, galleries, parks and gardens are simply amazing.

I’ve learned about the Fontainebleau’s garden from BBC “The Impressionists” where young Monet, Renoir and Bazille were painting Fontainebleau forest.

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In the middle of the magnificent French-style formal gardens there is the Egyptian Sphinx statue of Chateau de Fontainebleau, Paris, France. Why did it appear here, in the majestic royal and imperial château in the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau.

The chateau was the first to be conceived as a residential complex and not a bastion. Kings were born here; Napoleon signed the abdication in this room, on this chair the great commander was sitting. According to the legend Napoleon said to his subordinates “Did you want to relax? You will get your rest”.

In the chambers of Napoleon, you can immerse yourself in the time of the great emperor, who was famous for his desire to go down in history.

Gallery of Diana. The Fontainebleau’s library bathed in the sun, thanks to Italian masters, the French Renaissance was born. In the middle of the library there is a vast globe. The library contains the originals of books dating back to the 13th century.

Well next time we might visit another chateau, maybe Versailles?:)

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:)

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Travel, art, architecture and its legends.

Artist, ArtTravel, Uncategorized, Urban sketching, Voyage

Travel and Art. Urban sketching. Minsk, Belarus.

Minsk is my motherland city and this is why it was a very special project. There were two challenges for this project. One was a typical traveler’s one. “Be a tourist in your own city”, very popular nowadays. The second part of the challenge is an artistic one; the size of my mini album is about 9×13 cm (4×5 inches), which got filled just within 7 days and 25 pages with sketches of my favorite places, districts and aspects of Minsk

A luminous horse with a carriage of Cinderella is on Freedom Square in Minsk

A little bit of history. The Belarusian capital turned 950 years old. It is customary to begin the history of the city from its first mention in a written source. Such is the “Tale of Bygone Years.” Minsk is mentioned there in connection with the battle on the Nemiga River, which occurred on March 3, 1067. For my project I decided to paint my favorite city’s statues. I would divide all the city sculptures into two main types: from the Soviet past (most often they are monumental and serious), and the decorative type (my favorite: light, and elegant and sometimes designed with humors, which do not protrude from the interior of the district, but become part of the green city).

Statue of the dancing ballerinas near the Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Minsk Two tired ballerinas sat down to rest on a bench at the service entrance of the theater. They float on stage with ease, and it seems easy. But this is hard work.

Ballerina got tired, but after the performance you can relax, throw off pointe shoes and stretch your legs, looks so real!

Park and elegant statue of Lady of the Opera House

All my paintings are made from my favorite city places; we walked with my dad and daughter around squares, so that they are present as characters, passerby and members of my family at the same time.

Park Opera House in Minsk, golden autumn

The Playing Children sculpture is near city library near Bogdanovicha street and Very Horuzhei, greenery district. The breath of new life within sculpture on the city streets appeared quite recently, about 30 years ago. Primary pedestals were replaced by genre sculptures. 

Statue of a Stork, this bird is a symbol of Belarus. People’s Friendship Park

In the Belarusian folk tradition, a stork is a sacred bird, a connecting link between heaven and earth, the steward and custodian of crops, heavenly fire and other celestial elements. He protects from lightning and fire, but if offended, can harm a person, burn the house or throw a snake into the well. Therefore, killing a stork or ruining its nest is considered a bad omen. This bird occupies an important place in the rites and signs associated with the agricultural cycle.

Sculpture Lady with a Dog, near central Minsk’s Market Komarovka. It is believed that this Chekhov-inspired composition also fulfills wishes. 

There are several sculptures in the open-air market: “Lady with a Dog”, “Photographer”, “Horse and Sparrow” and the famous “Merchant of seeds.”
These sculptures aren’t spared: as a tradition, all those taking photos need to rub the muzzle of a dog for good luck. The photographer rubbed his left boot, hat and camera.

Chekhov’s lady poses against the backdrop of Komarovka, and the photographer gives her another bow: “Give me a smile, Madame! Say ‘cheese’!”

Minsk’s market Komarovka, one of the most beloved sculptures by local people and tourists, polished to a bronze shine. Grandmothers with seeds are the ideal embodiment and the engine of trade. This sculpture is the Komarovka’s “Baba Raya”, or “Trading in seeds.” The local merchants came up with an omen: if you sit next to the sculpture until sunrise, then luck in trading awaits you the whole day (presumably, specifically when it comes to selling local produce: one of the smallest forms of entrepreneurship in Slavic countries). According to the old-timer merchants of Komarovka, there is no particular legend about “Baba”, but many people come to “pray” to her, especially when the business is not going well.

Trinity suburb, a sculpture called “Belarusians abroad”

It is dedicated to the Belarusians, who are away from their homeland but their soul remains with their homeland. A bronze structure is made in the form of a wheel – the oldest Slavic symbol that personifies the sun, the earthly circle of life, eternity.

Troickoe predmest’e. Monument to Jazep Drozdovich, local historian,archaeologist and ethnographer, astronomer and artist

A man with an easel confidently walks on the Belarusian land. In the crown of a tree behind him, pointed spires of towers, domes of temples soar up, a proud horseman rushes off somewhere on a fast horse. The “Eternal Wanderer”, as his contemporaries called him, he painted his dreams about Moon, Mars and Saturn in order to understand and depict the inner cosmos.

The artist is depicted as a wanderer, because during all of his life he never owned a house of his own. Yazep spent his whole life traveling, during which he made sketches of Belarusian towns and cities. In addition, Drozdovich was the first artist to paint on the topic of space. In terms of his contribution to the development of space subjects, he is placed on a par with Gagarin and Tsiolkovsky. It is for this reason that two shooting stars are depicted on the monument, and, as you know, whoever sees the shooting star can make a wish.

“Remember, I’m calmed up with taboos, Zorka Venus has come.” The lines written by one of the best romantics poet Maxim Bogdanovich, who was born here in the Trinity suburb. Maybe that’s why the Trinity Suburb has such a distinctly romantic atmosphere.

The Trinity suburb, although it is now the very heart of the city, it still has historical name ‘suburb’). It has plenty of cafes with local food that our ancestors used to have on their dinner table.
Home-made Soup and bliny’s. Cafe “Old City”, address Bogdanovicha 19

Famous Krambabulja with pork, an old Belarusian alcoholic beverage: tincture with honey, spices and herbs. Its history dates back to the 16th century, during the Time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. For centuries, this festive drink with a profound taste has been an indispensable attribute for home dining and lavish feasts of wealthy nobility and noble tycoons. The high price of spices made Krambabulja a festive drink, a drink of nobility. And the nutritious properties of its composition (including herbs and spices) made it not only a favorite for its taste and aroma, but also irreplaceable when attempting to eliminate the consequences of the abundant feast, something much valued by our ancestors. Have yummy pork rolls and machanka, a legend of the Belarusian cuisine, with your Krambabulja.

Tea time, in a little cafe Union Coffee near the circus, address Janki Kupaly, 17

This statue is a Dancer on a horse near Circus. Minsk is one of the few cities that has a permanent building for its circus, the favorite place in my childhood.

Near Circus, Cloun statue

Sculpture Boy and Goose, Aleksandrovskiy Square, address Engelsa, 7

It is a part of famous sculptures’ serial.  The sculpture was made in the 19th century. An interesting fact is this sculpture has more than 200 hundred copies in the world.

Fragment of sculpture Boy with a swan.
A water supply system with clean artesian water was launched in Minsk in the 19th century. In memory of this event, the first fountain in the city was installed in Alexandrovsky Square. City rumor attributes the authorship of the romantic sculpture “The Boy Playing with a Swan” to the Italian sculptor Lorenzo Bernini. Of course, it is not true… 

There is another old part of city called Upper City (Verhnij gorog) , Nemiga river

Upper City. Statue Voight

Opposite the town hall of Vojt (the head of the magistrate) with the key to the city and the royal letter, and at his feet there is a map of old Minsk of the 16th century.
The local legend states that Voight’s key brings good luck. Although tourists often ask him not for luck, but for keys to a new condo, the myth says that if you hold on to this key, sooner or later you will receive the treasured key for your new home.

Sculpture Crew, Upper City

Near the town hall on Freedom Square there is a bronze “Crew” harnessed by a pair of horses, which in its size and appearance corresponds to the phaetons of the 19th century. It was in this place 200 years ago that the Minsk mayor could ride. The city’s legend is if you sit in it – you will find happiness in a full bowl.

They say that sometimes, when people take pictures in this carriage, there are people from other eras appearing in the background of the photo. There is even a legend: if the newlyweds ride in this carriage, then the happiness and longevity of their family life is guaranteed for many years. Well, it’s also useful for travelers to sit in the carriage before a long trip – this will bring good luck on the trip and a lot of positive emotions. And if you need even more luck, reach for the ears of horses that are pulled into a bronze stroller, and you can make a wish and it will come true. 

Sculpture City scales, Upper City, Freedom Square
the monument is dedicated to obtaining the Magdeburg Law of the city in Minsk in the 15th century. On one side of the pedestal is the seal of the Minsk City Hall with the coat of arms of the city. It has a “magic” bag of money. Those who believe in the urban legend that “rub the bag and get rich right away” have rubbed it to the “golden” radiance.
(The reason for obtaining the Magdeburg Law was that, in the event of a war, the citizens would defend not only the state, but also their “city independence”, their freedom.)

Sculpture Architect, address Nezavisimosti, 11

The sculpture is a figure of an architect in a toga with a roll of drawings under his left hand: the most famous architect of Minsk of all time, who invested his soul and talent in creating the architectural appearance of the city. He stands above the city and with his hand is above city buildings. The sculpture embodies the architectural development of Minsk: from wooden structures to monumental buildings. This sculpture was made for the 940th anniversary of Minsk. 

Minsk map, 1797 year and picture of the beautiful and kindest young lady. A little secret, its a combination of old map and the drawing of my mama from our family album. On this photo mama was young girl 18 years old, a representative of Minsk’s youth after WWII.

Well, the goals are completed. Thank you to my Van Gogh’s watercolor painting travel box and the best quality travel mini album I bought in Rome last Christmas, 25 pages of which are showing Minsk’s modern, coloured and light sculptures, local friendly people and national food, different parts of Belarusian capital in Upper City (Verhnij Gorod), Opera House, local market Komarovka, Circus, Trinity suburb (Troickoe Predmest’e), city library and People’s Friendship Park.

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:)

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