Friday, January 22, 2010

Francophile Friday: Happy Birthday, Eric


ink & watercolour illustration, photo inspiration Eric Tenin {Paris Daily Photo}

As Francophile Friday nearly coincided with the 50th birthday yesterday of dearly loved and highly esteemed blogger, Eric Tenin of Paris Daily Photo {and founder of the City Daily Photo community}, I thought I'd honour Eric by illustrating one of his photos.  When I sat and thought about it, I was surprised to find that I've only done this once before, though my celebration of his 2009 PDP Picnic might have compensated in a fashion. 

You can see the original photo of Eric's here, where you can also read about what it means.  {In short, it's a bicycle hire and repair shop called Allovelo.com.} There are countless beauties I could have chosen, but I closed my eyes and picked the first thing my mouse landed on, so here we are.  As Eric takes us on a daily Tour de France Paris and attracts many secret and not-so-secret admirers, not mentioning any names, the bicycle with its hot pink love heart in a typical Paris street seemed a perfect fit.

Happy Birthday, Eric, and Happy Francophile Friday to you all!

26 comments:

  1. What a lucky man! I remember this photo. I like the subtle pink shading in this illo against the light aqua sky. Nice color combo.

    Eric has secret admirers? :D

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  2. Nice art!

    And I'll wish him birthday greetings :)

    The Day

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  3. I love so much thr roofs of Paris that it could as well be my birthday too !!!!! Thank you.

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  4. When I'm 50, Shell, I'll be in touch, and I'll commission a lovely picture exactly like that one but with me riding the bicycle up the walls.

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  5. Bless you , bless you ,bless you mon cher amie for giving me my Paris fix today. You know I"m still a littlel weepy about leaving and this made me smile.

    BTW, I'm an Eric groupie!! What a nice man. For those of you that haven't had the pleasure of meeting him in person, he's just a friendly, interesting and genuinely nice guy. I am still amazed that he as taken the time to meet me twice on visits to Paris!!

    A delightful tribute to Le Roi de CDP!

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  6. Wow, true, I am lucky! Thank you so much Shell Sherree, it's a very thoughtful tribute. I love your drawings, they really have their own personality.

    I had never seen the Meurice bicycle drawing, so I just did. I do remember very well when I took the photo and I'm honored that you used it for one of your drawings.

    Thank you.

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  7. You've done it again, Shell—love your tribute to our fearless leader! Don't think you could have chosen a better image, even if it did make Virginia homesick for Paris already (and for Eric—I know just how she feels!).

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  8. Oh, look—Eric and I were writing to you at the same time. I knew he'd love it too!

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  9. Oh, I'm fanning myself. Eric visited me ~ I'm so excited!!! {Ok, calm down and be a cool cat...make like Miles Davis...}

    Cali ~ they are probably all un-secret admirers, but perhaps there are a few keeping their cards close to their chest. :)

    Bhavesh ~ thank you for dropping over to Eric's ~ it's my pleasure to introduce you to a wonderful man and his beautiful blog.

    Hiker ~ if it rains, you can borrow this.

    Marylène ~ Happy "Birthday" to you. ;)

    Mise ~ it will be my honour! I'll do one of myself driving my family up the walls.

    Virginia ~ my pleasure ~ I'm glad to ease your withdrawal symptoms. It turned out to be a perfect day for a Francophile Friday. I hope to be as lucky and meet dear Eric in person someday.

    And speaking of which ~ Hi, Eric! You've made my day ~ I'm so happy to see you here and delighted that you like my little illos of your beautiful photos ~ thank you!! May you be blessed with another 50+ happy and healthy years.

    Thanks, dear Alexa ~ and what wonderful timing you have!

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  10. When I'm 50 I'll commission a picture too. No bicylce. Maybe something involving cocktails.

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  11. Such gracious words from Eric. Like the rest of us he has good taste. Another reason he has not-so-secret admirers.

    P.S. I am also a not-so-secret admirer of you and your talent.

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  12. Fantastic drawing to celebrate a very special birthday for PDP Eric. Wow I just love this one Shell!

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  13. Margaret ~ cocktails, I can do. And I can draw them as well.

    Aww, thank you, Cali ~ right back at you!

    Katie ~ a special birthday for a special Eric ~ I'm glad you love it!

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  14. Oh, how delightful! Now I want a bicycle with hearts to hang over my home. And then on days when I'm bored, I'd climb on it and try to ride up the side of the building. [My brain goes to weird places.]

    I hope Eric had a very happy birthday. This is a brilliant tribute to him, Shell.

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  15. Ditto de above!
    At least we know who can accept responsibility for making some bloggers work everyday! You can't beat the wages either.

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  16. Aaahhhh , when the King comes calling we all just fall all over ourselves don't we! HAAAAA See, I told you he was nice. Of course he secretly loves my DP blog best but he doesn't come right out and say so! :)
    Long live le Roi!!!
    V

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  17. PCN ~ your brain always entertains me. :)

    Cafe ~ the daily bloggers are remarkable. That's commitment!

    Virginia ~ but of course he loves yours the best. :) He is also le roi de diplomacy!

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  18. I think that is a terrific birthday present, hot pink heart included. I certainly adore it!

    Thanks for giving me a new blog to stalk.

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  19. Amy ~ my pleasure ~ you'll love it over at Eric's place!

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  20. Parfait! What a lady you are, and what a gentleman Eric is. I'm a not-so-secret admirer of his, too. I've heard the hiker say "too much praise can be a dangerous thing," but in the case of you and Eric, we'll have to take that chance.

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  21. Petrea ~ hiker is so gosh-dang profound. I'll do my best to make sure my head doesn't turn into a pumpkin. :) {There's no fear of Eric's doing that.}

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  22. My goodness I have missed a lot. After reading this I had to pop over to Eric's place to wish him a very belated happy birthday.
    Gorgeous illustration as usual my dear. I'm so sorry for my absence, explanation on my last blog entry (the first in almost 2 months I'm embarrassed to admit).
    Now I have some catching up to do......

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  23. Adventures ~ you've missed a lot, but you've also been missed! Lovely to see you again. Take good care and be gentle with yourself...

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  24. Btw, ShSh, the following day in our country it was American Pie Saturday.

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  25. Cafe ~ hee hee!! One of your favourite days, I imagine.

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x

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