Sunday, June 14, 2009

A surprise at Sennelier in Paris

Sennelier in Paris
Photo Karen F. Rose
An artist in an art shop is like a kid in a candy store,
so having the opportunity to visit Sennelier at 3
Quai de Voltaire really set my heart racing.
Ah the pastels and oil colors, what joy, what excitement.

Wait a minute what are those guards doing in front
of Sennelier? I realize that there's lots of history
here...but guards?

Well apparently former French
president Jacques Chirac and his wife live in the
apartment above the store.
You just never know
who you'll run into on the way to pick up that
extra tube of French Ultramarine blue.
I hope he has taken up painting. How convenient
to walk downstairs for a new tube of paint!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Equine Fine Artist George Stubbs

Detail of
photo credit © Karen F. Rose
Louvre Museum
As an artist who paints horses, I always love to learn from the masters. George Stubbs (1724 - 1806)
is considered to be one of the greatest of all British
horse painters.
So on a recent trip overseas when everyone
else at the museum was surrounding the
Mona Lisaand the Winged Victory, I scurried off to a quiet gallery
and was excited to discover a George Stubbs painting!

I must have stayed there longer than the museum guards
thought proper, but for me it was a once in a lifetime experience.
If you have seen a Stubbs horse painting in a museum here in the states,
I'd love to hear from you.