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Meet the Pigeons! G-a-r-d-e-n-h-o-p-p-i-n-g Parisienne …..

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Sunny! Perfect for Pigeons to have elegant perches, catching a few rays! I revisited the Palais-Royal after I my first visit was thwarted by “Fermé,” closed for an art installation….

 

 

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Gray…   : (

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Sunny……! ……….Gray……,   Sunny…….,  Gray……..,   Sunny ……….  all day….

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It was a cloudy, sunny and also an almost rainy day in rotation a few weeks ago, but I actually sat and painted this watercolor at the Jardin du Palais-Royal and by late day, the sun won out! The problem was do I paint it sunny (warmer colors) or cooler-grayer and tried to stay in middle! Ideal time for 2 paintings and switching back and forth!!!!! Pigeons make a home on many a head of a statue….and defy making a “Dignified” shephard and his goat. The storied past of this garden where royalty lived and the 18th c. Rococo aristocrats and Revolutionary Enlightenment intellectuals intermingled and schemed is legendary and you walk in their footsteps…. Buildings peek in everywhere when painting French gardens, and this Palais-Royal facade had gorgeous neutrals and geometry….
and to provide contrast the roses of course…..

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The shepherd’s friend sitting further down has his own pigeon. I noticed that the statues at the Jardin du Luxembourg, such as the Reines de France (Queens),  solve the problem with long metal needles placed into the tops of their heads….. not here though…Though charming perches for Paris pigeons…, Pidgeon “Poo” does’t look very good on them!

Suare Vert Galant on Ile de la Cite

Another iconic garden in the literal center of Partis I loved is the “trop petit” postage stamp of a triangular park at the front tip of Ile de la Cite by the Pont Neuf…..

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with an equestrian Statue of France’s King Henry IV (late Renaissance) above it…..
his royal policies resulted in great civic improvement and added physical beauty to Paris.

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..quick studies revealed there were no pigeons sitting on Henry IV’s head…..
no doubt due to is royal powers, I’m sure….

Square Vert Galant + Henru IV Statue

I seemed to have made Henri IV into a giant lording over His Paris with a sky of white clouds to roam in. It seems once you start painting clouds in Paris, you can’t stop!

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I went up to where Henry permanently reigns and saw the view below of this triangle where you see both sides of the island and the bateaux-mouches’ depot— the angle was irresistible.

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and jarring but an interesting point of view always catches my eye…..

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A Panorama with The Louvre on the Right Bank…. Padlocks professing love abound
everywhere on Paris’ bridges, as well here….

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No Pidgeons!

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And always The Tuileries invite a memorable walk… Especially when heading to the fabulous Libraire de Jardin, Garden Bookstore, at the other end of Les Tuileries near La Place de la Concorde. The bookstore’s present site was once the home of the famous legendary French Landscape Architect of Versailles, Vaux Le Vicomte, etc., Andre Le Notre (1613-1700)….It’s marked with his commemorative statue…………I took this photo 2 years ago in the cold freezing June of 2012 and decided to paint its panoramic view with this year’s flowers….. why not!

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Clouds and Gardens would be more true to my project’s reality!…
Clouds of Paris! and the Louvre always!

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But how about a restful quiet garden?? Like the one at the  Musée Eugene Delacroix which was housed in Delacroix’s studio and garden of his later years. I took a photo from a window within his studio of his garden… I got chills thinking I was in the very beautifully skylighted studio where he created his work!

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I sat in the garden on site and did this hoping I could catch the feeling quickly…. and wanted to do more variations of colors… so I did a few more back at the studio I have in Camac…

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Stressing the lavender and green palette… There’s no one way to see color! …..
Neutral taupes can go many ways!  Blue-er here!

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But looking out of  the studio window of Delacroix brought me back to thinking about my studio window of my temporary studio at Camac and the beautiful view…. I took so many photos of the sky colors, clouds and lighting effects! Look at the amazing evening golden light colors with a dark cloudy overcast sky….such drama!

The House at CAMAC, Marnay-sure-Seine

It’s like doing a combo -lighting of night and day in 1 painting!
(Magritte did one…now at Moma!)

Sunset at Camac from my window

 Sunsets are now at 9:45 pm !!!!  Sparkling golden light on the stone….. Such long days and so much daylight is amazing to have as an artist…. With sunrise at around 5 am, it’s practically 17 hours of daylight at the summer solstice! June 21 tomorrow! Giverny and More ….G-a-r-d-e-n-h-o-p-p-i-n-g…. to come! Happy Solstice from Paris and near Paris …. avec beaucoup, beaucoup des couchers de Soleil beaux de Marnay-sur-Seine! ……..À la prochaine !

“Much Ado about Madoo” Garden Fair June 15….. Much Ado about Robert Dash’s “Dashingly” Artistically Poetic and Surreal Garden of Illusions and Allusions

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The Gate Announces a Special Experience:  The Artifice of Primary Colors Startles us in the Greenery of Robert Dash’s two acre unique Garden vision in Sagaponack, featuring Tudor, High Renaissance, early Greek, as well as Oriental garden influences. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Madoo is a blend of Garden and Home Design Creativity shown in the structures, barns, houses built to complement the garden surroundings…. You walk into a world suggesting art and literature and the ideas of creative people like Robert Dash. It’s Robert Dash’s work of art!  Horticultural Styling and Pruning Innovations await you.  Come in right this way, the gate, doorjamb and path say! Don’t Delay!

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A Sole Doorway or Doorjamb really Looking for a Door ?!

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Finds A Yellow Door on a Little House….. A Keyhole to a Door to a House which was trimmed in…

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Blue in another season in Yellow & Blue Whimsy! “Blue” is spotted throughout the garden like a trail of Breadcrumbs!

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Blue says “Find me!” like on Stairs to Rooftops! Then textures pop up everywhere and have a field day!

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Round to the back, see Lattices Galore and Overlapping Textures and Patterns and Optical Illusions, making you dizzy, OH MY! !

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In Alice in Wonderland Mind-Bending Games, A Doorway is like a Keyhole in alternating Big-Small-Big Scale, Pointing to a Tree!

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Robert Dash, A British Artist, Writer, Gardener cultivates his garden with wit! Here’s the Prettiest Garden Loo I’ve ever seen!

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Details. Details! Garden wit is found in quiet sightings: a “Growling” Lion Wooden Ornament next to a lone stray rose…

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Or an Ornamental Stone Carving next to the textural patterns of ferns in a bed of stones in a Song of Textures!

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Boxwood Pruned Schrub “Balls”  in the middle of a Grove of Gingkos?… Whimsy in “Living”  Stone-like Ornamentals!

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a Juxtaposition so unexpected….. Robert Dash’s Surrealism is Alice in Wonderland’s Surrealism!

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A Garden Fair of Wonderful Vendors of Food, Furniture, Garden Decor, Nurseries, Flowers, Fragrances, Accessories! Alice goes shopping!

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Then Alice goes on the path following the topiary-style arches of greenery and they sway in the blue sky….

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Almost toppling and Growing….

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or is Alice growing small as Madoo “Grows” on her, surrounds her ??…….

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But the Garden Path always takes her to the next surprise!

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Like Shade and Sunlight in Hidden Garden Patios

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And more Blue Gate Posts….

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Inviting us on a paths leading to more flights of whimsy

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Do we have to leave ? Maddo is a labyrinth maze of garden paths beckoning you to return….. SOON! GardenSpiritsNY loves Madoo……This Blog barely shows you what awaits you!   www.Madoo.org  Madoo is in Sagaponack, Bridgehampton, near the ocean and a Must-See Garden!

Brooklyn: Williamburg’s “New Domino” to Dumbo’s Brooklyn Designs

Williamburg Waterfront's old Domino Sugar Factory in plans to be converted to a mixed

Williamburg Waterfront’s old iconic Domino Sugar Factory is going to be transformed into a mixed use Residential and Commercial Property at the foot of the Williamburg’s Bridge. The working model is on display at the American Institute of Architecture Center at LaGuardia Place, NY. Rafael Vinoly, the master planner and architect, introduced his project at the Center April 22, 2010.  Transforming it from a decaying waterfront eyesore to an important residential architectural development for New Yorkers is an important step for the Brooklyn Waterfront and  for Williamsburg and  how it relates to the Manhattan side of the East River. What a beautiful civic structure to behold from Manhattan.

Preview of the New Domino Development seen from Manhattan at night

Preview of the New Domino Development seen from Manhattan at night

Preview of the New Domino Development seen from Manhattan at night

Preview of the New Domino Development seen from Manhattan at night

The Model of "New Domino" at the AIA

The Model of "New Domino" at the AIA

The Model of "New Domino" at the AIA

The Model of "New Domino" at the AIA

The new glass and brick Structures surround the centerpiece of the old Factory, historicaly perserved by blending old and new.

The new glass and brick buildings surround the centerpiece of the old Factory, historicaly perserved by blending old and new.

South of the Williamsburg Bridge, Dumbo lies between the Brooklyn Bridge and ......

South of the Williamsburg Bridge, Dumbo lies between the Brooklyn Bridge and ......

to the Manhattan Bridge....a on a windy day with a shaky camera...

to the Manhattan Bridge....a on a windy day with a shaky camera...

The Brooklyn’s design scene is booming and BKLYN DESIGNS™, New York’s premier exhibition of designers of contemporary furnishings and home accessories made and/or designed in Brooklyn, gave thousands of visitors the opportunity to be at the pulse of the borough’s cutting-edge design scene.  BKLYN DESIGNS attendees got a first look at new work from over 45 of the borough’s best designers including 10 never-before-seen exhibitors launching at the show.  The three-day show, which took place May 7-9 at St Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO.  The full rundown of events and activities can be found at www.bklyndesigns.com/events.

Furniture Designer Palo Samko's Fantastical Sculpture Contraptions

Furniture Designer Palo Samko's Fantastical Sculptural Contraptions....www.palosamko.com

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo

Brooklyn Designs Fair, Dumbo......

GardenSpiritsNY loves Brooklyn!

Xenakis: Avant-Garde Abstractionist in Music, Sound, Architecture and Drawings

Iannis Xenakis, Cosmic City, Final Drawing, 1964. Ink on paper. Courtesy of the Iannis Xenakis Archives, Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Iannis Xenakis, Cosmic City, Final Drawing, 1964. Ink on paper.

As I watched Documentary and Concert Films about Iannis Xenakis, the Greek-Born French Visionary who explored and championed interdisciplinary breakthrough works in mathematical music composition, architecture, electronic computerized sound, and performance light, art and music shows, I was amazed at the newness of his contribution to our human spirit. He unearthed the power of Abstraction underlying the connection between these arts….. Hearing these abstract musical sounds stream into riffs and dissonant threads of harmonies and discords, I visualized the music creating a portal into the mind bridging thoughts and emotions in its sheer vitality. The film “Something Rich and Strange,” (1990) Mark Ridel, Director, panned across gorgeous landscapes to render his emotive compositions.

His drawings are maps of his thinking. No surprise that Xenakis is a cult figure among architects, according to Carey Lovelace, one of the curators of the Iannis Xenakis show at the Drawing Center, who introduced the film event at the 92YTribeca on March 24. The show at the Drawing Center, closing on April 8, features the drawings of his musical compositions and audio performances. “Comprised of nearly 100 documents created between 1953 and 1984, this is the first North American exhibition dedicated to Xenakis’s original works on paper. Included are rarely-seen hand-rendered scores, architectural drawings, conceptual renderings, pre-compositional sketches, and graphic scores. Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary is co-curated by Xenakis scholar Sharon Kanach and critic Carey Lovelace.”  The Drawing Center.

The Xenakis show is a must if you like the company of visionaries.

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