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A Big Welcome to Paris and Marnay-sur-Seine in Rain and Shine!



Un Grand Bonjour from Paris! “April in Paris” gives me a a big welcome with Wisteria Vines blooming in a Parisian Terrace Garden!


Spring in Paris also greets you with RAIN! ……a Beautiful “Paris Gray” Storm during my visit to Le Jardin du Luxembourg, but here’s a little pink cheer to offset the gray!

Art Gallery on the Fence

 And an “en plein air” Art Gallery of Photography awaits you!


He toots his horn and heralds the Spring..

Yellow Flower Borders

…..and the Rain to come! I came to paint a watercolor, but the park was so crowded,
that instead of a calm unpeopled setting, it recalled for me the busy urbanscapes of Canaletto with his amazing Venetians populating his “Piazza” grand settings….

The day is a holiday in France….Le Fete du Premier Mai …. France’s Labor Day and the park is filled will people at leisure, dodging the rain drops all day! The statue… I didn’t have time to find out his name because the storm was coming….seems to be pondering the weather….

storm in Jardin du LuxembourgHmmmmmmm! ….Should I stay or go ?


I was starting a watercolor on this stone ledge as the storm approached and made
unavoidable these luscious slate blue-gray colors… always seeing the silver lining in
colors of the clouds….


It’s time to leave…Bien sur!

Watercolor of Jardin du Luxembourg

I will have to add the Parisiens in another outing! ….
I took in only  the yellow palette of the flower beds and gray clouds….
Yellow (no daffodils here)…….a harbinger of the sun to come in Marnay-sur-Seine…..


The train form Paris to Nogent-sur-Seine (to the southeast) from Le Gare de l’Est was fast…and then it’s a short car ride to Marnay-sur-Seine…. The Artist Center is housed in a former monastery and the farm hamlet is small with no stores… just residences….


Bonjour le Soleil! Here’s a Courtyard with housing on the left and the Gallery on the right…


A Scenic walk around the setting is a first day’s discovery….


The buildings show an old country farm village….


but within, there’s an interior of a modern art gallery for instance in one building


Irises welcome you in May….


and the stone wall textures on the houses are so inviting….


as I walk down to the Seine—the pastoral rural Seine—unlike the urban Parisian Seine…


Here so many wonderful surprises await …..


….like this view….. the Center is on the water and faces the Seine….


It’s a fairytale setting of houses and gardens….


and the art studio I have is big … 20′ x 20′ at least!  Why leave!!!


with views like these from the other terrace!


and the sunset light on the roofs of a neighboring house from the kitchen window at Camac…Center of Art at Marnay-sur-Seine….! It promises to be a wonderful 2 months ahead….mais, oui!


  1. Tina Jacobowitz says:

    Hi Lois, The place is spectacular! I’m so happy for you. I’d love to see a photo of your room. (I love seeing inside homes.)

    Things here ok. Heidi, Tom and I went to Long House yesterday for family day. Have you ever been there? It’s really something. Gardens, sculptures just beautiful.

    Stay in touch and continue to enjoy.


  2. Lois, it looks beautiful despite the rain! Love your watercolor.

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