Day 2119 Van Gogh did NOT commit suicide

Auvers Van Goghs Blue Church on the hill my version

But I knew that.

Auver from the Oise River Bridge. Ravouxs Auberge (Inn) where Van Gogh died on far left

This article based on a forensic analysis of his death says otherwise.

Van Goghs famous blue church

Of course I can’t get to my sketchbook and share a map of Auvers. It’s in Augusta and I am not.

Go on a Viking Seine River cruise in the winter and they will take you to Auvers since Monets Giverny near Normandy closes in October.

Margaret in Atlanta with the grandkids. Xoxoxox

Day 2109 Where or where has Margaret been

Well the WordPress site is at full quota. So we are working on migrating it to a new less expensive server. Address will stay the same – I think. 🤔

Good news is you should be able to buy prints soon. Well maybe by Christmas. 😵🤗🤣

Tufted titmouse on Stonehenge print paper

I reduced the image size so I HOPE they aren’t too bad.

Purple finch. On cheap Joes Kilimanjaro 140#

I have to say that the Stonehenge is much less user friendly. I tried to lift the to intense grey on the titmouses back and it was a no go. It was stuck like gorilla glue to the paper.

However it stayed flat and gave nice clear crisp colors.

The Kilimanjaro waffled while it was wet though now it’s dry it is just about flat. But the waffling makes the watery washes float on the surface. Eeek.

That’s how I got the nice blob on the purple finches back. Or at least that’s what I am blaming the blob on. And yes it’s a prestretched block.

Painted with my Vlad Yesilev sword brush. Bytw it’s getting much easier to use. PS it holds tons of water.

For a local show next month. Watercolor to come.

I am still in shock over Notre Dame. This is for a local show next month. Watercolor to come. It was really a miracle that the north tower didn’t burn and take down the whole thing when the huge bells fell. Due to brave firemen that did not happen. Here’s a fascinating article about the fire fight after investigation of what happened.

Thank god for brave firemen fighters. One squad that risked their lives in the north tower was lead by a young 27 year old woman Master Cpl. Myriam Chudzinski. What a woman!

Margaret back to dusting her pillows in the dryer. Xoxoxo


 Sketched during our dinner – Could be called “Waiting for the Bill!”

Jean Cocteau’s self portrait

We actually sat below some original Jean Cocteau sketches in a restaurant we ate at called Bouef Sur la Toit.  I have been meaning to share his sketches with you but the wifi on the boat made it impossible. So today seems like a good day to do it.

Beef on the Roof which was a Paris jazz hot spot of the glitterati called  Les Enfants Terribles back in the 20-40s. Coco Channel was a member of this circle as  were Charlie Chaplin, Arturo Rubenstein, Josephine Baker, Maurice Ravel and Maurice Chevalier, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Albert Camus, Igor Stravinsky to name a few..Bouef launched the careers of  singer Juliet Greco and singer/song writer Charles Trennet.


The restaurant on Rue des Ecoles…call for reservations…great food and music too!

Whimsical  – Three Men in a Tub?? Notice even the great Cocteau made mistakes!!!

  Mistinguett was one of the most successful French performers of her time 

  Coco Channel I think 

  Another Chanel?


  Probably Chanel????

Very rudementary but I like the lines…and the goat!!! Wonder if hes up on the roof too???


More about Le Bouef Sur La Toit ripped from the menu!!! 

Day 495 -🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 Last leg home 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

🇫🇷So sharing some photos I took from the terraces at the Pompidou Museum which is just a few blocks south of the bombing sites at Place de la Republique. 

🇫🇷Almost done with my repacking. Could have taken what I packed for Atlanta because it was warmer in Paris and rainy instead of leaving it behind in wet cool Atlanta.  The last day in Conflans near Paris was the only day we needed warm clothes. 

🇫🇷 But first a WIP of the different meringues I are from Paris to Normandy and back. Yummmmm
🇫🇷My favorite snack while in France. No idea how many meringues I ate while in France. I should have counted. Enough for a diabetic coma when u add in the wine we drank like water. Ps no hangover. Supposedly the lack of sulphate a makes all the difference. 

🇫🇷 From the Eiffel Tower our view was rain rain and more rain but those preordered tickets worked like a charm. 

🇫🇷Straight to the head of the blocks long admission line for a quick zip up the tower where it actually had the gall to rain on us!!😢     
🇫🇷The tracadero. Still Gray and rainy. 

 🇫🇷L’ecole militaire. No sun insight. 

🇫🇷Saturday at the Pompidou the views were amazing. The sun was finally out!!!  So was the art.  

🇫🇷Eiffel Tower on the left far far away. 

🇫🇷My favorite. Montmartre and Sacre Couer glowing in the morning sun. Yes we finally saw the sun after two days of rain. 👍🏻😊
🇫🇷The plaza in front of the Pompidou 

🇫🇷 Lower level. Paris was out doing what Parisians do on a warm sunny fall day. Enjoying the city.  
 🇫🇷 Bubble fun  
 🇫🇷 I want one. The kids loved it. 

A few more from the fifth floor of the Pompidou.   

Interesting square with several kinds of buildings gothic to modern. Quite startling. There were very cool acrobats and a lot of street artists on the square. 
The wild assortment of buildings on the square next to the Pompidou.    
 Awesome art work in the fountain. Looks a lot like Nikki in the gArden a few years back at the Atlanta Botanical Society. 


One more drool over the meringues. Isn’t the cat face to adorable. I have to get these painted I think.  A little cerulean and yellow ochre will make them even more delicious. 
Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx