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November’s Notebook of Flowers and Farewell to Fall!

Notebook-Flowers-Cahiers-Nov2014November’s here Today and Gone Tomorrow! And Gone all the Beauty of Fall whizzing by… My November “Notebook of Flowers” shows a Falling Leaf and bouquets of Ilex berries, Autumn Roses, Hydrangeas, Red Anemones and Tulips in Autumnal Rustic Reds, Browns and Oranges….

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a Fall Bouquet in the studio….

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a quick but large sketch of 22″ X 30″… showing a light touch…. inspired by all my Fall Travels!

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Fall’s cornucopias of gourds and pumpkins, and squashes and corn…..

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Bushels of Thanksgiving Bounty….

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Abound in landscaping everywhere as a last hurrah before winter!!!

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And especially the Chrysanthemums brought my eyes a feast of colors…

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Chrysanthemums caught my fancy this fall…. they were everywhere in beautiful big mounds!!

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and mounds!….

 

 

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and  mounds!

 

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and mounds!!!

 

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and mounds! …..as Inspiration for my Notebook of Flowers pages!…..

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Grapes, pumpkins, chrysanthemums!

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Oranges and Purrples

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Purples and Oranges….

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Pots and pots and…..

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Pots of Chrysanthemums in the Plaza by the 5th Avenue Apple Store….

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An explosion of Mums wherever you go!

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overflowing in pots or …..

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in front of the Hampton LIbrary, Bridgehampton

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and in flower beds decorating NYC apartment buildings’ properties.

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They say that Chrysanthemums are the last flower of Autumn… They are right!

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My October Notebook of Flowers! Looking for Chrysanthemums everywhere, I found them also at

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The Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit, in Sleepy Hollow, a place I finally visited, featuring extraordinary views and

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a modern art collection including decorative glass sculpture by Tiffany,  gorgeous “Mum” landscaping,

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A Rockefeller Garden in late Autumn, a Fall Finale to gardens everywhere until Spring!

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but not a goodbye to Fall Chrysanthemums!as they are my featured flower in

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 my October Notebook of Flowers/ Cahiers de Fleurs……I decided to paint flower and nature studies and share them with you in a notebook journal style for purchase on Etsy…..Each month I will paint a few pages of art in journal style and create reproduction prints on watercolor paper (8.5″ x 11″) and send them to you…. Available by Single Months or as  a 12-month Subscription. Choose a vertical single image or a double page spread format. Available now on Etsy. Original Art Watercolors will be available for sale soon on Etsy too.

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November features Autumn Bouquets! “Notebooks of Flowers” Watercolor Prints can make great gifts….thinking ahead to December!   Savor the beauty of monthly watercolors of gardens, flowers and nature in “Notebooks of Flowers”  from GardenSpiritsNY!  Farewell to Fall and  Greetings to “Notebooks of Flowers”!

Flora, Fauna and Follies…a Roundelay of Gardens in Paris

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Flora: Beautiful Giant, Giant, Giant Rhododendrums are hiding in the Parc Floral, a contemporary-designed showcase park, in eastern Paris in the Bois Vincennes opposite the Chateau Vincennes…. Photomontage of many big plants above!

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The combination of the Rhododendrums and tall white Pines impress!

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Especially on the dreary rainy day in May that I visited and was surprised by the gorgeous Rhododendrums….There is always something in bloom in gardens, contrasting gardens that just bloomed or are about to bloom !
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Above shows the “in between” plantings time from April’s blooms to June’s blooms….The park hosts fantastic events and concerts in the summer here…..Motto for May: Don’t leave home without your umbrella/parapluie!

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When you’re so excited about color, it’s hard to remember to leave white space….. here’s a first wet into wet layer that dried; then, I added the accents of bright color.  Wet into Wet on a larger scale is just bigger “Charging in color” and tilting the paper to control the runny pools of watery paint!   Charge!

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Here’s more white space! A Good Rule: Stop when you think your watercolor is “unfinished!” because the white space reads as light, connecting the form and color! I forget that the unfinished quality has this strong power of suggestion.

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You can get lost looking at all the Rhododendrums, but the fun signage points the way….

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and now for the Fauna! in the next Garden to the south…Parc Montsouris, a 14th arrondissement urban park in the “landscape style” innovated by the 19th c. Alphonse Alphand under Baron Haussmann’s direction in 1878, is done in a grand “man-made” style with sloping lawns, majestic trees, circular flowerbeds and allées with landscaped scenic vistas, custom-designed for promenading by nature-craving industrial age city-dwellers — a style subsequently imitated worldwide….(Central Park?)

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This watercolor vignette of a meandering park corner gives the woodsy bucolic tranquility on another!… rainy day in the park….Then I wandered upon the lake where under some small dwarf pines, to my surprise,

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I found my very own “Black Swan Lake,” home to many wildlife birds, including 2 Blacks Swans and their 2 baby swan(lings?)s! Never seeing black swans before, and seeing they really exist, was startling to me….

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An actual real contrast to our very own East Hampton pair of swans in the pond by Guild Hall….Perhaps the swans can do an exchange program for a year so we can see black swans in East Hampton for a year….And speaking of Fauna, did you know…?

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that Paris has its very own Kangaroos residing at the Jardin de Plantes’ Zoo (Paris’ Botanical Garden and Zoo) …..YES, Quelle revelation!

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This 18th c. Garden, founded in the Age of Enlightenment by France’s great Men of Science, has great educational programming in all “Flora and Fauna” as I learned! while searching for the “Rosarie” Garden

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in front of the great 18th c. architecture…..before another round of rain, “La Pluie”…..

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…. now time to run into a “McDo,” MacDonald’s for “un café and wifi”…. before I face the “Follies”

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On another day (note finally the sun!) I followed Frenchman Pierre’s (of Pierre’s Restaurant in Bridgehampton) advice not to miss the Musée et Jardin du Albert Kahn, a place paying tribute to the 19-20th c. outstanding businessman-diplomat who believed in world peace through understanding the world cultures. Both Pierre….and Kahn….are right!  The Musée’s 5 Gardens represent different world cultures, of which the Japanese Garden is truly an amazing example of landscape design in the eccentric design genre or “Follies,” using surprises of textures, constructions, shapes, layerings, color and materials like Bonsai miniature trees on platforms standing in the ponds, conical pyramids in stone, tricks of scale and size, sharp color contrasts…. There’s an imported Tea House and Village…. It’s just eye candy everywhere you turn!…..

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Textures bombarding you in unusual designs…. See the “Dot Motif” in the Pines and stones….
New England stone walls were never like this….

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The repetitions of  the Cone shape in topiary-shaped plants…. yet not at all like French Formal Design, Bien Sur!

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And the reflections in the pool were incredible…. so many great photos I couldn’t put into this blog….Jardin du Albert-Kahn

I got so involved in “noodling” the details of this watercolor! The intensity of the yellows & blues captivated me….

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Red leaves of the Japanese Trees in Spring add range and variety to a non-autumnal garden! I just kept widening my eyes and dropping my jaw at seeing so much invention, conception and innovation in”artifice and style” here in the layerings of shapes of colors!

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But French Gardens have their own conceptual “Follies” style of exotic themes, a garden style originating in the 1700s. I leave you here at Parc Monceau in the northern “quartier” of Paris which has its very own Metro Monceau to continue the Garden Tour next blog with Parc Monceau (with exotic, fanciful, romantic and picturesque jardins a la mode). In this “Painting the Gardens of Paris” tour, time for an Intermission, D’accord, “ok?” ….Mais, oui!!…… I leave CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, tomorrow for Paris for a few days before returning to NY. So many Gardens, so little time, ….but time to take a breath for a relaxing end to the tour!

“Picturing Central Park”: Amazing Debut Show of Artist Janet Ruttenberg at the Museum of the City of NY

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Janet Ruttenberg has a special vision of New York’s Central Park that is on view at the Museum of the City of New York at Fifth Ave and 101rd St. Does anyone see “L’Dejeuner sur L’herbe” by Manet here!? or “”Le Grande Jatte” by Seurat ? But it is pure contemporary Janet Ruttenberg….giving us her gift of these amazing creations of New York’s Central Park…. This is a must-see show for garden and art lovers… in fact, for everyone who loves parks and public spaces, and I hope that means everyone!

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Her Fans, among them, George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, helped this show become a reality…. Janet Ruttenberg, being dedicated to her work and process, did not seek to show her work throughout her lifetime. The art lovers of NYC made this happen. Her work is monumental in scale. Did I mention that she is 82 years old? Truly a tribute to her lifelong devotion to her creative pursuits. Hinting at Art History’s great iconic images of people in parks and gardens, her gatherings of humans and nature give art references that are submerged and re-emerge to the viewer’s delight….. “Gatherings” is a monograph book about her work and the exhibit by Pointed Leaf Press. Her rich color sensibility and draftsmanship and grand conceptualizations let you “Walk” into her reality of our Central Park’s great expanse of Sheep’s Meadow…..

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This is where I met Janet Ruttenberg a year ago working on a large watercolor she rolled out by a large tree… She, being at one with her subject,
gazed out and observed the glowing light on Sheep Meadow!

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And when you see her work, you will see this green expanse filled to the rim with masses of the people of NYC planted into this  great lawn in a vision of humanity in harmony …. her unique vision of NY’s humanity in its paradise of Central Park…. and the paradise of art!

Terrain’s Autumn Bounty Festival and Watercolor Workshop in Westport, Oct. 5… Let’s Take a Preview Tour!

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A Vertical Garden Welcomes you at this Garden Emporium and Nursery.

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It’s a Garden House of extraordinary home and garden decor products that seduces you as soon as you walk through the door.

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Come to the Autumn Bounty Festival on Oct. 5 next Saturday!

 

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See the Fall Decor products…

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In my Fall Watercolor Workshop at 10:30 Am – 1:30 pm at Terrain,  Paint Fall Flowers, Leaves, Gourds….

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I recently visited Terrain and love their amazing and wide array of fabulous classes for their Home Decor,  Garden and Food Lover customers!

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Mini Container Pot Designs of Fall Foliage!

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Their Barn-like Interior “Glass Wall” Presentation is Extraordinary, placing art, furniture and garden plants side by side!

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I want one!

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“Garden Rooms” of Exquisite Ideas and Products!

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Areas to learn the craft of Terrariums, or learning the ABCs of Horticulture and Gardening….

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If Terrain has selected a product, it is always beautiful!

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A Cafe… indoor and outdoor….. provides healthy fabulous gourmet menus!

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Come to the Nursery!

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 Pumpkins, Gourds, Fall Rainbow Colors!

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Orange everywhere you turn!

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Pumpkin Patches!

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Chrysanthemums!

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Purple Cabbages and Mums!

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 Wood Stacks ready for your Fireplace!

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Rows and Rows of Potted Plants ready for your garden!

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Peppers and Mums…..!

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A Tower of Pumpkins and Squashes Welcome You!

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Come and Paint “FALL” at Terrain this coming Sat. Oct. 5…. Registration is at Terrain’s Website!

GardenSpiritsNY Loves Terrain!  Come and experience Terrain!

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