Traveling France – Flea/Marche Finds!

Traveling France – Flea/Marche Finds!

We began our day with the first destination of Carpentras Sunday Marche with no clue that there was a very similar marche just around the corner from us!  We both stopped dead in our tracks and said, “Oh, my.  Here we go!”  There is just about anything here that you may be collecting.

Cours Mirabeau, Aix en Provence

Cours Mirabeau, Aix en Provence

I’ve been on the hunt for some older lace and linen, but the prices are incredibly high.  For a 36×36 lace tablecloth it was $70 Euro!  For a small motif piece of lace, $20 Euro!  Yikes!

Aix en Provence Flea Market

Aix en Provence Flea Market

I would love to figure out a way to make this chair (or any of them) adhere to me and board a plane!  There have been way too many I am leaving behind I would love to have!

Mirrors from here would be awesome refinished with some of the Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint!  Check out the instruments and the piles of fun treasure to look through!  So many items that I could use for furniture painting and utilize into my Mixed Media Art!

Antique Mirror

Antique Mirror

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Old Violin

Carpentras Antique Flea Market

Carpentras Antique Flea Market

I spy a copper pot – do you?  Not only did we grab this pot and, of course, it weighs two tons, that didn’t deter Neadeen from lugging it to the car.  In the photo below, shows another find that will one day end up in a painting for sure!  Don’t you just love the warm colors of copper – this look for sure will be attempted onto a piece of furniture!

Both of us will be overpacked and have some weight to our luggage.  Do you think this piece will fit in Neadeen’s largest piece of luggage along with the other seven pieces of copper she purchased?  Stay tuned for that as we promise to video us trying to get everything into suitcases and carry-ons!

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Large copper pitcher

Check out this display from a vendor that had some of the most beautiful pieces of silver.

Check out the silver this vendor has!

Check out the silver this vendor has!

Me thinks this could possibly have to carry all our luggage to the airplane in 5 days!  Hehehe……….

Neadeen and Barbara's luggage?

Neadeen and Barbara’s luggage?

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Barbara!

 

Traveling France – Saint Remy

Traveling France – visit to Saint Remy

We were off and running this morning for a treasure hunt in Saint Remy.  This town was said to be a wonderful Sunday marche day.  We left the parking garage like we were old pros and were on our way without any mishaps.  No wrong turns, stalled car, or whiplash!  WooHooo we are on a roll.  Into Saint Ramy we go and quickly find a parking spot, because they are at a premium.  We take a picture of the corner to help the blonde and redhead remember were we parked.

Remember this corner!

Remember this corner!

As we began the hunt, we stumbled upon a whole street of artists selling their work.  Scolded once again to not be taking pictures we moved on and found a lovely gentleman working on his palette knife paintings.  He didn’t speak much English but was pleased to spend time talking to us about his work.

Great Texture Artist

Great Texture Artist

After we wandered some more we finally asked and the marche we were looking for is no longer there on Sunday.  Oh, well, we can always find another one another day so we just enjoy the town!  As we head out of Saint Remy, the car does a few circles first.  Those roundabouts can make you dizzy if you take them more than once or even three times!  We decided on a direction and off we went taking another route back to Aix.  We enter the town of Eygalieres with great confidence only to find the road barricaded to traffic.  Oh, oh – now where do we go?  Follow the flow of traffic!  Heck, let’s not try to find out what all the commotion in this town is all about, why not?  We quickly turn back to the direction of town and take that first parking spot on the sidewalk (yes, those are parking spots).  Ah, a wonderful flea market with a mix of antiques, treasures and junk!  Once again, we wish we had lined up a steamship container.  It’s killing us!

Wonderful flea market!

Wonderful flea market!

There were so many items to purchase for mixed media, painting furniture or collections that the eye can see. Check out these cabinet doors!  They look normal, but the hardware is to die for!  Neadeen and I could have walked to the car and hooked up a UHaul trailer.  The ideas and inspiration was incredible!

Cabinet door hardware!

Cabinet door hardware!

Back on the road again, we decide that a bathroom stop is much needed.  Nothing is open and of course there are no roadside bathrooms!  Yikes, we will make it back in time!  I am tapping my feet and Neadeen is leaning forward saying just pull in on some country road that is not to be found.  We slow down with traffic and out the rearview mirror, there is a lady walking and she slips behind a wall.  Ah, not all the traveling French have blander control after all.  That’s how they use the bathroom on the road?  Anyway we magically find the right parking area in Aix and rush to the nearest bathroom.

Stay tuned………

Barbara

Traveling France – Case of the traveling luggage

Traveling France – Case of the traveling luggage

Landing and meeting Neadeen at the Paris airport was a breeze.  Going through customs, claim luggage and she was standing right outside my exit – perfect.  Well maybe too perfect of a start.

Relaxing before the train ride

Relaxing before the train ride

We begin to wander looking for a restroom because we had more than enough time to kill before catching the TGV train to Aix.  Taking our time there, we meander to the train station area.  Okay, looking at all those machines, how do we know which one we need to use that will give us our tickets that have been reserved and paid for.  We stand contemplating the machine for a lengthy time and finally an American man walks over and gets us started.  Okay, on a roll now.  Little did we know, but he had stood back behind us to see if we were able to obtain our tickets.  He came back and once again helped us and finally the tickets are in our hand!  His suggestion was to validate our tickets before the 15 minute boarding time.  WooHoo, that means time to relax and have a cup of coffee.

TGV Machine

TGV Machine

Half an hour before we are to depart, we head out to find where to validate the tickets.  Down another level, but the escalator is broken.  Yikes!  The elevator is found with a long line waiting.  Patiently we wait our turn and make it to the lower level.  Validate the tickets and decide to wait to see the platform number listed.  Nothing posted, so I run up the stairs and wait for it to be posted.  Oh NO!  It’s on the other side of the tracks!  We have to go back up a level (no escalator in sight) and the line is way to long for a 15 minute window.  Only option is to pull the luggage up via the stairs – never mind that we each have a 50 lb piece and another one weighing close to that!  Figuring I would try to handle the two large pieces, I try to drag them up – nope, stopped dead in my tracks.  Grabbing the two smaller ones I tug them up to the half way point and walk back down.  Neadeen is laughing hystarically.  So hard she cannot get up the stairs.  I’m thinking, “Oh, no we will miss the train!”  Come to find out, two men on another train were watching us and laughing like crazy making her crack up.  We giggle over that and are still as we make our way to the platform.  What?  Now we need to go all the way to the far end to get on the car needed!  Neadeen was wishing we could be like Harry Potter and walk right on through the posts! Trucking down farther, we are still laughing as we board the train.  Just make it into the doors before they shut and see there is absolutely no place for the luggage.  All the space is taken up!

Harry Potter?

Harry Potter?

Still laughing everyone in the car is watching (two French men included) as we manage to get all four pieces up onto seats!  Whew, down we sit.  This isn’t the best picture and one piece still isn’t up there yet.

Piled luggage

We get off in Aix En Provence trying to figure out the signs to point us to get the bus into town.  We meet up with four others doing the same thing.  Of course we have to go up the elevator, down on the other side.  Then back up again but wait down again!  Oops, wrong side of the terminal.  So back up and down,  Walk and bit and go back up and down again!  Not a prob but forgot to mention, the elevator on this last part was not working.  Another episode of this time sliding the luggage down a long flight of stairs.  The bus arrives within minutes so all is good!  Dumping us out at a point of Aix of who knows where is the next hurdle!  We finally ask a young gal to help us and she walks with us a bit to make sure we find our way.

I promise to take a photo tomorrow of the place that Google maps had been taking us to.  You guessed it, the wrong place.  I’ll talk more on that tomorrow because you have got to see a photo to understand the humor in this move!

Finally arrive at the right address, insert key and whoopee – in we are!  But in the dark!  Drat, where is that flashlight when you need it – ah, no worries there is a light switch.  With light, we see an added bonus of, yep, you guessed it an “elevator” to the third floor!  As the door opens up, we almost double over with laughter again!  It’s big enough for one person or the two largest pieces of luggage.  Brilliant plan but the elevator won’t move!  Hey, we know what to do,  struggle up the stairs with the other two pieces and push the elevator button from the third floor!  Walla – worked like a charm.  After much more ado, we finally get all the locks open and in we are!

Chest to chest we can both fit in here!

Chest to chest we can both fit in here!

From laughing so hard, we do a frantic search for the bathroom.  Oh, no, we cannot locate it and we continue laughing!  Worried we were going to have to do the unthinkable, Neadeen discovers it – the last door to be opened!  Was bringing the heavy luggage worth it – oh, yeah, baby.  We are here for three weeks and it’s awesome.

Someone must have had karma and knew beers were going to be needed!  Don’t know why they were in the fridge, but blessed be the one that put them there!  We will gladly replace them and add extras!  We eat some yummy pizza from across the street and must call it a day – a splendid day at that.  Anytime you can laugh you way through 10 hours is glorious!

Blessed be the beer  providers!

Blessed be the beer
providers!

Don’t forget to “like” my fb artist to laugh with us through our journey from France!

Quite a switch from my normal blogs about furniture painting and mixed media art?  lol

Until tomorrow – Goodnight from Aix En Provence, France.

 

Mixed Media – Faith

Mixed Media – Faith

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“What is Faith” is a mixed media abstract canvas that I created just a few weeks ago.  My schedule for the day was to get some marketing done for my website and do some paperwork catch up.  Instead, my heart kept saying, “go get a canvas.”  After much struggling of trying to keep on task, I picked up a canvas, grabbed a bottle of Traditions Texture Medium and began spreading with my palette knife.

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Have you ever started to create something and it just happens?  This piece was just that.  Everything flowed from my head and hands.  I feel I have strong faith, but like everyone else, it seems to be tested now and again.  As I went to apply my first layer of color, that even didn’t become a second thought.  Down went my favorite color of late, aqua and the addition of more mixed media.

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It was almost as if something was within me directing what needed to go onto the canvas.  As it neared completion, a feeling I cannot explain came over me.  It was a good, like a sigh, type feeling.  This finished piece was speaking volumes.

What is faith.  What does it mean?

What is faith. What does it mean?

In less than 24 hours, this piece was sold.  It is now finding it’s way to Wisconsin where it will be placed in a hospital room of a 2 year old that is fighting what no little one should.  You can follow his story on Facebook and say some extra prayers for this little guy.

I sincerely believe God was speaking through me on this piece.

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Barbara

 

Inspiration – Where does it come from?

Inspiration – Where does it come from?

My favorite definition of the word is “the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.”  What steps are involved for getting inspiration?

We have to work at it first of all and along with that will come frustration.  If this is where you stop – don’t because it’s a very important stage.  This is normally a sign that you are uncomfortable and unwilling to let the ideas flow.  Many times, ideas have to sink in before the inspiration will happen.  Sometimes you have to let an idea just sit there until you can commit to whatever your medium is.  If we let inspiration bloom, wonderful ideas can happen.

My latest mixed media piece was inspired over a very short period of time.  It just seemed like that particular word continued be constant in my mind and it had to come out on canvas.  So this particular piece was an inspiration through church, those I associate with and my belief that positive thoughts work.  I became very aware of the word and my thoughts.  I took a breath and let it “talk” to me.  This particular piece was a journey shared on my Facebook page with great response.

What is faith.  What does it mean?

What is faith. What does it mean?

I created an online class that is available that helps you through taking a word, phrase or event and creating a mixed media canvas with it.  It honestly is a very easy class as well as a very difficult one.  Easy if you follow the steps.  Difficult to let those feelings be exposed.  For inspiration, this is an example of taking some simple word(s) and using them to create with.

It also seems that once you begin using inspiration that it just continues to flow.  Open you hearts and mind.  Listen to your inner voice.

Where does your inspiration come from?  How does it happen for you?

Barbara

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