Monday, September 28, 2015

Art Shows 2015

Wildflowers and Hay Bales

Tom has been wildly painting oils, watercolors and oil on gilded paper.

Now there are 3 upcoming shows. 

Denver, CO October 14th 

Baltimore, MD October 23 

Charleston, WV October 30th
Please let me know if you or someone you know would like an invitation.
These are a sampling of the elegant, luminous works on gold leaf.
There are also new oils on canvas. This is Tom's favorite medium because even he is surprised by where the painting leads him.
Riverside Park with Green Bench
Then there are the watercolors that he captures around the neighborhood.
It's a treat for me when he asks me to buy flowers for inspiration.

I love the mystery of how the flowers are going to be interpreted.

Every inch of the studio has a work in progress.

With the upcoming shows there has been more than just painting going on in the studio. Frame building, gesso preparation, gold leafing and just in the nick of time crates to ship all to the other side of the Atlantic .

Please let me know if you or someone you know would enjoy seeing these works in person. I will happily send out an "official" invite.

Check out all the works at
Paintings can be purchased or reserved on line.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sunday's Promenade Gourmande

 Despite threatening skies a happy gang of hardy folks set off on the annual Valeuil Promenade Gourmande. Come along and see what this means.......

Many thanks to the village of Valeuil, the amazing bakers of that community, the makers of duck pate, blood sausage and a grand variety of goat's cheeses.
And an extra special thanks to Sibyl and Mark at Les Stables.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Moment to Play

For two days the local farmers take a busman's holiday and show their stuff at the Creyssac village fair.
The first day there is a cattle sale. Followed by lunch, followed by checking out old tractors, followed by time at the bar, followed by dinner, dancing and fireworks.

The second day is started off with the farmers getting their most trusted tractor placed for the "big event". Then a breakfast of sausage baguette, black coffee or maybe a beer. There are shouts of hello and strong handshakes shared among men that do not see each other from one planting season to the next.

The "big event" is set up into several categories. Horses, small tractors and big tractors. The aim is to plow the straightest, just deep enough, but not too deep furrow with just the right amount of mounding to each side of the pass. The gun goes off and the various engines plow down the field. That's it. 

It will be several hours before the judges can score each furrow. There will be a few personal judgements made before the official ones.

Everyone will be off to the bar and then lunch while the judges plow through their work. Awards will be presented this evening after the parade of floats and dinner. 

When you only have two days to rest you gotta make hay!