Saturday, February 25, 2012

More Art Inspired by Fantastic Workshop....

Ever hear of Norah's Art?  This lady (her name is actually Sharon)  is amazing! I just finished taking her Faces in Collage Workshop and it was fantastic! 

I am a Mixed Media junkie so when I heard about this painting/collage workshop, I just couldn't resist- and boy did I enjoy it.  Sharon's workshop included extensive videos showing detailed work, as well as bonus videos, tips, audio and more.  Plus she is always online helping when needed.  Anyway, if you love Mixed Media, you have to try one of her workshops...WARNING: Can be Addictive.

Here's what I created.  I love this girl.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Napoleon’s Favourite Hang Out Place...

Winding cobblestone streets and a back road lane transformed by a colourful mish mash of cozy tete a tete tables where lovers dine and and sip their wine near merchants selling their fruit- a very bubbly and happening place this short winding street.  This is where by pure chance I stumbled upon the back way entrance to the very famous “ Le Procope”.
This happens to be the cafe where Napoleon used to hang out! At the very entrance there’s even his hat! The story has it that during his ‘poor’ days, Napoleon pawned his hat to be able to pay his bill.
This is more than a charming place- it’s filled with history.  The whole place is decorated with memorabilia of the times and photos cover the walls. There is a lovely room upstairs where Napoleon and his political crowd gathered for discussions, good wine and great food.
Disappointed that we had already had lunch (cause apparently the place serves the finest French delicacies), hubby and I settled for their renowned coffee and sorbet (apparently still the same recipe!!) – delicious:) The staff was also extremely kind to us (seems like all of Paris was enthralled with our Quebec accent;) Anyway, they let us roam the place and take some photos. I think I had the best time in Paris right in this very place where Nappy himself enjoyed himself most.  Memorable. Honestly, I think I felt his presence more here than Malmaison!

 This is the cozy upstairs-attic room where all the political action happened.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Thousand things to say about Versailles but what comes first to mind is spectacularly grandiose- and sparkly for sure!I think what I appreciated the most were the guided tours we took. I swear I could have spent a week going back and forth just to gobble up more info (hubby would have divorced me for sure).

This month there's also une exposition of  Louis François Lejeune (1775-1848) of Napoleon's Wars. another way of telling history with this great artist since that's not all he was at the time; Lejeune was also into politics and a he was actually there to see it all! History painted live.  I would love to be there to see this.

A personal favourite of mine- hmm...I wonder if this one is in the exhibit?