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December 30, 2005


oh do start painting again beth!

i know what you mean. A still life painting of his in los angeles made me burst into tears. wish i could see the exhibit, but i guess we're here in the middle of it all and that ain't bad either.

Have a delicious new Year and keep breathing!

Beth, what an intense and positive experience you describe, and I like the glimpse of the Dufy landscape in your photo.

Wishing you and J a Happy New Year, with lots of enjoyment as well as hard work! And maybe some painting as well?

Beth: if you want a little piece of Provence in your inbox every morning, why not sign up for Julian Merrow-Smith's painting-a-day? It ALWAYS warms the cockles. His still lifes are particularly satisfying in the cockle-warming department.

See http://www.shiftinglight.com/daily/

Good suggestion, Pica - and one I already do! Did you seethat gorgeous painting of persimmons he did recently? I also love reading his wife Ruth's blog, "Meanwhile, Here in France" at: http://meanwhilehereinfrance.blogspot.com/ (that's the same Ruth in the comments thread, above.)

December ,30
Cezanne and Van Gogh .
Je suis très heureux que vous connaissez Cezanne et Van Gogh !
Je suis fou de Van Gogh !
Le hasard : hier , avec mon épouse , nous comparions les peintures de ces deux peintres ! Cezanne qui me semble chercher l'Absolu pour l'Absolu , Van Gogh cherchant l'Absolu dans l'Homme et dans la nature .
J'aime beaucoup également Monet , Renoir , Degas , Derain , De Vlamink , Matisse , Bonnard , Modigliani ....et tant d'autres ...
Le Paradis : regarder une peinture de Van Gogh en écoutant une musique de Jean Sébastien Bach !!!

Cezanne and Van Gogh.
I am very happy that you know Cezanne and Van Gogh! I am insane of Van Gogh! Chance: yesterday, with my wife, we compared paintings of these two painters! Cezanne which seems me to seek the Absolute for the Absolute, Van Gogh seeking the Absolute in the Man and nature. I much also like Monet, Renoir, Degas, Derain, De Vlamink, Matisse, Bonnard, Modigliani... et so much of others... The Paradise: to look at a painting of Van Gogh by listening to a music of Jean Sebastien Bach!!! I wish you a beautiful day.
Je vous souhaite une belle journée .

Merci Jean, á vous aussi!

Je pense que vous avez raison: Cezanne cherche l'Absolu pour l'Absolu, et Van Gogh toujours cherche l'ame des hommes et du nature. Quand j'etais jeune, j'etais peintre. Aujuourd'hui, je suis ecrivane avec l'esprit de l'artiste visuele. Peut-etre un jour je vais revenir a la peinture...Comme vous, j'aime aussi Matisse, Pissarro, Gauguin, Velasquez, Manet, les dessins de Picasso... et beaucoup d'autres, et j'aime la musique classicale - je joue le piano et J.S. Bach!

Merci pour votre visite; je vais venir souvent à votre blog.

(et je regrète mes fautes en français, mais c'est bon avoir un raison de practiquer - j'habite á Montréal et je voudrais etre fluent un jour...)

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