Last year, on December 3rd, my friend Jane and I flew to Paris for the trip of a lifetime. In three days, I fell in love with the city – its lights, atmosphere, history, sights and sounds intrigued me. Montmartre delighted me as I climbed the mountain with a group, and enjoyed the winding streets, quaint shops (including one that had won the very important contest for best baguette of the year), and seeing the oldest vineyard in Paris and the haunts of Picasso and his fellow artists. That day, we sipped vin chaud while observing artists at work in a little square just a few steps from the oldest church in Paris. Both Jane and I purchased some artwork from a little shop around the corner. My picture hangs in my dining area, and brings back memories of a joyous time.
That’s why I was devastated to hear about the attack on Paris a few days ago. We walked the streets close to where some of the violence occurred. We sipped espresso in cafes and watched the people window shop. It boggles the mind that people enjoying a night out on the town were gunned down.
I love Paris. This country girl doesn’t often fall in love with a city, but if one city in the world were to claim my heart, it wouldn’t be San Francisco. It is Paris for me. We visited Rome, too, on our whirlwind vacation, and it was amazing. But if I had a chance to go again, I’d go back to Paris.
I bet there are others who feel the same way I do. I painted this set a while ago, and am offering it for sale. It’s my “I Love Paris” collection: a solid, old fashioned wood desk with cast iron legs, accompanied by a chair and a bookshelf.
The top of the desk lifts to reveal embossed French script on the lid, and decoupaged pictures of Paris on the bottom. There is matching stencilling on the bookshelf.
The desk is painted with Fusion’s chocolate and Fort York Red, then distressed and the wood treated with hemp oil.
This would be a perfect desk for a writer, or someone who wants to keep a journal or a diary.
Come into the store to have a look at it!