Friday, July 6, 2012

Francophile Friday: Le Tour de Kitty

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

You knew it had to come sometime over the next couple of weeks: a nod to le Tour de France.  Last year's winner of le maillot jaune and one of Australia's favourite sons, Cadel Evans, is in the running again.  {I think he went to the same School of Genuinely Nice Guys as our Hugh.}  It's early days so we'll keep our tinder dry, but he's sitting very nicely so far.  And he's well placed, too.  I avoided the obvious and did not dress kitty in lycra, firstly because I couldn't bear to impose such an indignity on her, and secondly because head gear would be the obligatory accessory and I refuse to give her helmet fur.   Thanks to dear Virginia of Paris Through My Lens for the wealth of inspiration {you'll find several other bicycles on that post if one simply isn't enough... bisous, ma chère!}  If you'd like to go for a ride, I've chosen a maillot jaune of the more feminine kind, plus something that has a little give without revealing all.  The basket is loaded with baguettes and flowers ~ good for the soul.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

22 comments:

  1. Der Shell
    Oh how I love your artwork... Just beautiful!
    Thank you so much for your visit and kind words.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    fondly,
    Penny

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  2. Put a cat in the frame and you could be anywhere - I'll brake.

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  3. would you please fly over here immediately and put that ironwork on my door. And if that isn't possible, just fed-ex me kitty.

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  4. amazingly beautiful,
    I had the pleasure of meeting Virginia ! yes she is a very talented photographer
    greetings from brussels
    anni

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  5. Angelsdoor * Penny ~ your little creations are so whimsical and sweet, no wonder we're a mutual fan club!

    Pasadena Adjacent ~ you're in good company here...

    Hiker ~ sure! I need to paint Susan's shed and help PA with her bamboo camouflage thingo, so you're on the list. {Though the kitty is what you really want, I can tell.}

    Thanks, This is Belgium! It's lovely to have you here, and I envy you meeting Virginia. Something I still have to look forward to. Happy weekend to you in Brussels, Anni.

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  6. I just love it when you get all meepsy with the details! I'm rooting for your boy Cadel and inspired to put on something yellow and go get some air in my tires (literally and figuratively).

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  7. Those doors are exquisite. And Kitty looks so charming (my kitty agrees that helmet fur would be the absolute worst).

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  8. I .oke the doors too. I will root for your guys. I loke when good things happen to nice people.

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  9. "All meepsy with the details..." heh! Thanks, Alexa, and fingers crossed for Cadel.

    Ms M ~ kitties know these things.

    Margaret ~ so do I, so I'm expecting big things for you and your new book, The Goddess Lounge. You're inspiring us, I hope you know that.

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  10. Bonjour! Je découvre aujourd'hui votre fabuleux travail. Vos dessins sont délicats et pleins d'émotion! Moi aussi j'adore Venise et Paris ! Les villes en général m'inspirent beaucoup. Bonne journée ! Amitiés

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  11. Kitty better hope the riders don't mistake her for the toy lion. Not sure she would enjoy being raised above their head. She might like the kiss though!

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  12. Bonjour, Stéphanie! C'est un plaisir de vous rencontrer, et d'entendre vos pensées bienveillantes. Thank you, that's so lovely!

    Cali ~ I'd love to get my hands on one of those lions...

    Thanks, Favourite Vintage Finds. Ditto to that! Hugs to you and you-know-who.

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  13. Shell, you have a lot of people to visit in southern California. I won't put you to work but I wouldn't mind borrowing some outfits.

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  14. My kitties have joined the chorus against lycra and helmets. They applaud your good judgment, Shell. And I applaud yet another utterly charming illo. Kitties and bicycles go so well together!

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  15. Petrea ~ and I just need to borrow some outfits from my Pinterest wardrobe before I visit! My real one bears little resemblance to it...

    Hooray for your sensible kitties, dear Susan!

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  16. Such a fabulous Parisian door! You and V sure make a great team. I'm catching a bit of Le Tour and will happily root for Cadel since he's from Hugh's Nice School. However I can't wear the maillot jaune (even though I love the one you chose!) because when I was having my colors done I was told to stay away from yellow. But I'm sure you could suggest a polka-dotted alternative since I like mountains.

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  17. Katie ~ well, we can't have yellow for you in that case. It simply won't do. I found a proliferation of pretty dresses but really, let's be practical so you can show the boys how it's done. How about you try this combo on for size.

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  18. I've just recently scored a bicycle thanks to our council clean up that would team nicely with the outfit you've chosen. And thank goodness you didn't give kitty helmet fur ;)

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  19. Oh, nice score, Debs! I laughed when I read your comment, as we had a council clean-up recently and I noticed a bike on the street. The next morning it was gone. Later that afternoon, it was back again. "Will I ride it? Won't I ride it? Will I? Won't I..." Have a beautiful night.

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  20. Shell I absolutely adore the "black and white polka dot flowy shirt" you've picked out! Add Fashion Consultant to your list of talents. I really do need to start sewing more and jazz up my wardrobe.

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  21. My pleasure, Katie! You could easily make that outfit with your dressmaking skills...

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