Friday, June 22, 2012

Francophile Friday: Cirque du Carrousel

pigment ink & watercolour illustration, 8.75" x 7" [22.5 x 18cm] ACQUIRE PRINTS

When I first saw le Carrousel de Nogent at Genie's Paris and Beyond {thank you for the beautiful inspiration, ma chère!}, it reminded me of a circus tent ~ which seems fairly appropriate, given there's probably some clowning around going on inside, perhaps even red noses if someone pinches the last available seat.  Genie happened upon this all-weather carrousel on the esplanade de l'Hôtel de Ville.  So did Edward Scissorhands {after warming up on his practice pitch first.}  Given the somewhat theatrical nature of the scene, I've procured some costumes for us to wear inside.  With the protection from the elements afforded by this particular model of merry-go-round, we are at minimal risk of skirts flying, so relax and enjoy.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

25 comments:

  1. Simply lovely. And dreamy. And whimsical. Love the tree!

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  2. Me chère Shell! I knew this the moment I saw your beautiful illo, a true representation of this gorgeous town square. I hope that kitty enjoys watching from the bench. This is one of the most idyllic scenes just outside the city limits of Paris and appears to have been adapted from a fairy tale.

    Love this, and I am honored that you selected it. meep!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  3. I'm pleased to confirm that I shall be delighted to wear that exquisite blue dress in honour of this fine venue de Nogent. I expect to look even better than the model in it, if that were possible.

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  4. Hi Shell,
    just stopped by to say g'day!
    Love your artwork.
    Found you through Etsy..while I was curating another treasury collection.
    ;-)
    ~Vicki

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  5. Thanks, dear Cali ~ and if I can find a miniature of the tree, I'll have one drop-shipped to you. ;)

    Genie ~ meep!!! The honour is mine, and I'm delighted that you love it. And you did well with the kitty-spotting. Thank you as always, my sweet.

    Dear Mise ~ I thought you were the model...

    Hi, Victoria ~ thank you, it's lovely to meet you, fellow Etsian Brisbanite! {Should we develop a secret handshake?} Your work is delightful ~ and those papier-mâché sailing ships are magical.

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  6. I'm lost in the beautifully realized details of this elegant illo. And if I had a tree, I'd be trimming it right now! Have a lovely weekend, ma chère . . .

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  7. Oh Meepsie and I love it too!!! A magical carrousel if I ever saw one!
    Bon weekend sweet Shell,
    V et M

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  8. What a magical scene! A delightful get-away for the weekend. (My kitty and I will bring a treat to share with your Kitty :-))

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  9. Beautiful! A carousel brings so much memories. Enjoy the fabulous week ahead, Kellie xx

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  10. I love the enclosed carousel. Seems we could have a private party there, just us and the gentlemen we choose to invite.

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  11. It looks so pretty. Me want to go to there.

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  12. Alexa ~ it's probably a good thing that I don't have hedge clippers, or my trees would have very bad haircuts.

    V et Meepsie ~ the view from inside must be pretty lovely, too!

    Ms M ~ my kitty likes the way you and your kitty think.

    Thanks, Kellie ~ I'm always happy to spark good memories.

    Petrea ~ now, there's a thought. Let's make a list...

    Margaret ~ Colin's going straight onto The List, see above.

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  13. So nice to meet you Shell
    I came here via Genie's blog.. I just had to come by and see your artwork.. Beautiuful art!!! I really love your choice of colors.
    fondly,
    Penny

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  14. Hi, Penny ~ it's lovely to meet you! Thank you for visiting from Genie's beautiful blog ~ I'm honoured.

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  15. does the carousel include carved camels? as much as I love the ponies, my favorite carousel's are those made up of all sorts of animals; giraffs, camels, tigers etc

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  16. I think you'd like this one, Pasadena Adjacent, the Dodo Manège near the southeast entrance to Jardin de Plantes. Another of Genie's beautiful photos.

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    1. I do I do I do. Thank you for finding the link. That is extraordinary

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    2. You're most welcome. Some things stick in my head, PA. Not always the useful ones, so I'm glad I thought of it.

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  17. Wow, that's really something. God, I love Paris.

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  18. Petrea ~ you must be overdue for another trip to your beloved city...

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  19. Gorgeous carrousel! Your illustration is fabulous (so many amazing details!), as is Genie's photo. And your dress choice is perfect. I fear there will be quite a bit of carousing in the carrousel though, especially as we each add to your list. (I've been watching the Zen series recently and suggest Rufus Sewell join our party. Wearing a fancy Italian suit of course.)

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  20. It sounds like you're at least five years overdue then, Petrea ~ if you could bear to leave Boz for your trip, that is. Leaving Ella is no small part of my challenge!

    Thanks, dear Katie. "...carousing in the carrousel..." ~ heh! Nice choice ~ we're a bit short on the brooding type.

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  21. I'm compelled to speak in the vernacular of my grandmother's time for some reason: that little blue number is divine! Perhaps it's the antique flavor of the carousel. I'm on my way. I hope Rufus hasn't left!

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  22. Beautifully said, Susan. Your grandmother would be proud.

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