Friday, April 27, 2012

Francophile Friday: Arnaud Delmontel, Paris

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

Ah yes, Arnaud.  It's grey and chilly.  Perhaps someone could whisper in winter's ear that it's still autumn here and I'd be grateful if the coldest season would wait its turn.  But by happy coincidence, it was a grey and chilly April day in Paris when dear Virginia Jones captured the inspiration for today's illustration in Paris Through her {talented} Lens.  {Thank you, merci, ma chère!  I hope you don't mind, but I turned the sky blue in hopes it will catch on here.}  An 'architect of small pleasures',  Arnaud Delmontel is revered by his clientele for his crusty baguettes and his colourful macarons and desserts. Today's subject can be found in Montmartre {there are others in the 9th and 17th arrondissements}, and you can take a little tour thanks to their charming website.

If we need an extra layer for the weekend, this should do the trick.  Or if you want to trade flats for heels, let's keep the boldness rolling.  As for these little fellows, I couldn't resist bringing them along for the ride.  There are scooters and sidecars waiting for us around the corner. And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

PS: One of our regulars and unabashed francophiles, dkshopgirl, is including a little feature on yours truly this Sunday.  {Thank you, dk ~ I'm honoured!} Please enjoy losing yourself in her drifty and pretty blog.

arnaud Delmontel
57 rue Damrémont - 75018 Paris
tél. : +33 (0)1 42 64 59 63 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Francophile Friday: Aux Bons Amis, Paris




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


I can't believe it's taken me so long to illustrate a Parisian bar whose very signage is a toast to you, my magnificent readers ~ my dear friends.  Our pal Katie kindly provided me with the inspiration for today's illustration, Aux Bons Amis, which is quite hopefully the same as the one located below.  {If not, the one at rue de l'Atlas scored reasonably warm reviews anyway, and with our company thrown in, we must surely be on a winner.}  We can drape ourselves strategically around the bar like this and debate whether we should have our hair chopped off like this.  And yes, to make up for last week's feline shortage, we have a pair of them today, and a bluebird because ... well, surely one can never have too many bluebirds.  {Piano accordions, on the other hand, are another story entirely.}  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

Update 21 April 2012: Confirmed by Katie, this Aux Bons Amis is indeed the one shown below.  And she has generously allowed me to show you her photo alongside my illo for the fun of it.  Click here to see the side-by-side version.

Aux Bons Amis
1 rue de l'Atlas, 75019 Paris
Quartier: Canal St Martin- Hôpital St Louis

Friday, April 13, 2012

Francophile Friday: Au Nom de la Rose, Paris

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

Bonjour, my petal pies.  Flowers are still one of the most gorgeous ways I can think of to say, "You're a good sort," "Sorry, I've been remiss," or to never lose an opportunity of seeing something beautiful, for beauty is in God's handwriting' {Ralph Waldo Emerson}  All of which I wanted to express to you today after my lengthy sojourn.

Even better when the flowers are in Paris, such as these at Au Nom de la Rose.  Merci to dear Virginia of Paris Through My Lens for today's inspiration.   And I know, I know ~ you haven't had a wardrobe change for the past five weeks ~ sacrebleu.  This should rectify the matter.  And as there's no kitty within, here's your feline fix for the weekend.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!  

Au Nom de la Rose 
87 rue Saint-Antoine 75004 Paris