Friday, October 30, 2009

Francophile Friday Fleurish: Fleurs de Katie

 ink & watercolour illustration on cotton paper, 10" x 7" [25 x 17.5cm] 

No matter which flower's your favourite, there's bound to be a posy here with your name on it.  Dear Katie {well known to many visitors here} has just returned home from holidaying in Paris, Morocco and England.  And in the midst of packing before she left, she took the time to email me a photo of a darling Paris flower shop from a previous trip. What a honey!  Now that she's home ~ and possibly having withdrawal symptoms ~ it's about time you saw my take on Katie's trip to the florist to acquire blowsy pink roses {ahem, after splurging on boots next door}.  Thanks again, Katie!!!

Happy Francophile Friday Fleurish to you all!

26 comments:

  1. Fantastique! I love your interpretation of the photo -- it has such character, and not just because you have me buying flowers AND boots! I'm here to report that flowers and boots are still plentiful in Paris, so this is a perfectly timeless image. Happy Francophile Friday right back!

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  2. This drawing is truly delightful! The colors and detail are really something, Shell. Since we can't see what is to the left of the flower shop I am going to imagine there is a jewelry store. Flowers, boots and jewels = heaven!

    Katie: will you be posting the photo on your blog any time soon? Sure made a lovely drawing.

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  3. Cali that's a great idea. I'll post the photo soon so people can see how easily Shell can turn an ok photo into a fabulous drawing!

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  4. YAY! I am sure the photo is more than okay, but I know what you mean as she did wonders with a photo I sent her.

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  5. Katie ~ I'm glad you like it!! I didn't think you'd mind me taking the liberty of providing boots for you. :) And that's a great idea of Cali's, if you want to pop your photo up at your place. Thanks again, Katie!!

    Cali ~ quite the organiser, aren't you. ;) Well done! And yes, a jewellery store to the left ~ we must have the essentials!

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  6. You've done it again, Shell! Brilliant and a lovely tribute to the two lovers :) Nothing says it better than flowers.

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  7. MmeB ~ true ~ sigh...

    Cafe ~ I suspect you're quite partial to flowers. Or perhaps you prefer pot plants? {What, no ShSh tonight? Darn, I knew I shouldn't have mentioned my black cat.}

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  8. How beautiful and glad our Katie's right there in the midst of the posies! Good one Shell. I think I smell big pink peonies right now.
    V

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  9. This is one that really deserves to be blown up so you can see the wonderful details. I just love Katie's boots!
    Just went to her site and scrolled slowly through her trip—and am once again green with envy. (I also lived briefly in Essaouira and would love to see how it's changed in–ahem–40 years.)
    Hope Katie will take from cali's suggestion and post the original photo.
    Hey, my WV is, appropriately, French—entre.

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  10. Another charmer, Shell. Katie, Paris, boots, flowers and your style--a win/win/win/win/win combination! If you're not careful I'm going to start digging out my Paris photos from 2006!

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  11. Well I clicked on over to Katie's and got very hungry. Your eye candy is a little less fattening.

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  12. J'adore!!! And so much detail. Lovely.

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  13. Alexa now I think I really must go out and buy some boots like these. And maybe that dress too. Shell you sure know how to make a girl look stylish! I will post the original photo tomorrow, along with a few other Parisian flower photo. At least they'll be less fattening than all my pastry photos.

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  14. Virginia ~ oh, pink peonies are just about my favourite, if I had to choose ~ and hooray, it's only a couple of weeks until their season here.

    Alexa ~ I wouldn't mind a pair for myself. Say, you have lived in some glam and exotic locations, haven't you! No wonder you scored a French wv.

    Petrea ~ sure, you know where to email me. :)

    Margaret ~ everything here is guaranteed low eye GI.

    Hiker ~ and what a lovely place for it. ;)

    Thanks, ET Suzy! ~ I feel especially honoured when you drop in and there's no ET in sight.

    Katie ~ it's easy to make you look stylish! I'll look forward to seeing more at your place shortly. Thanks again!

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  15. Love it, hope to see the original on Katie's blog. Wish I was so talented !!

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  16. Hellooo. Something has happened to your drawings while I've had my head turned. They have sort of grown, expanded, what is it? I return to this blog full of surprise. Maybe it is just that I have a penchant for streetscape. Parliament House, the Washing, the Florist - they are beautiful. So much to look for. So much to see. Love it.

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  17. Marylène ~ your wish... as you've since seen, Katie has indeed posted the original at her place. Thanks, Katie!!

    Grand Purl Baa ~ thank you, indeed ~ I am chuffed! It's lovely to see you again, and I'm glad you're enjoying them.

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  18. Oh, this is just delightful. Flowers and boots? If there had been a chocolate shop on the other side of the flower mart, my head would've exploded.

    I'll tell you a story about why I love roses. When my family first came to the States, we didn't have any money. But my mom went to the store, bought several packets of seeds for 10 cents each and Dad planted them.

    Next spring, roses bloomed in our backyard in every color. Mom cut some and put them in little jars all over the house. She taught me that you don't have to spend a lot of money to bring beauty into your life.

    I love all kinds of flowers but roses remain my favorites because of those childhood memories.

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  19. This is a really charming illustration; you do such fun and great work. :D

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  20. PCN ~ that's a beautiful story ~ it's so important to create and have gratitude for simple pleasures. I've always felt timid about growing from seeds {and yet I bake from scratch}. You and your mother have inspired me to give it a go. Thank you.

    Hi Amy! Thanks for dropping in ~ lovely to have you here. :)

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  21. PCN, that's beautiful. I needed to hear it.

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  22. Wonderful, Shell, as usual.

    Gorgeous flowers, Katie.

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  23. Your artwork is so fantastique! I love the detail and whimsy you put into them. Such talent!

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  24. Lynn ~ thank you ~ always lovely to see you!

    Hi Shan! Thank you {blush} ~ you can drop in anytime. ;)

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