Tuesday, August 19, 2014

KIM STRIKES AGAIN


Kim Hoa, the artist here in the Charente. Not the man in N.Korea. I mentioned Kim in this BLOG POST when she won an art contest here in Jarnac with her unique interpretation of the river with leaving out a major dominant color. 

Since then, I made it on her email list and she won a couple of times in smaller competitions, but last weekend in a giant art contest in the Perigord with 53 other artists, Kim did not win the overall first prize (she came in at a fantastic third overall), but Kim Hoa took home the creative award. Amazing and impressive. 
Apparently the audience chanted her name to the Jury when the professionals could not make a decision. How cool is that?
Which then makes one think. Why do we buy art? For pleasure or investment? Can it be both? Should one be prioritized over the other? What if Kim continues her education in arts and finds an agent, a gallery in a big city to promote her works to a broader and more educated audience? Maybe I have to buy a piece? One of Jarnac to for always remind us of the years spent here. In an abstract way, the style Kim paints. How about that.

Anyway. Look at the motive in a photograph and then at her interpretation of that motive. I say it again, what I said before. I have no clue about art, at least not enough to fully understand her work, but.........stay tuned.  By the way, a notary public from that town bought the artwork right of her easel. He chose her work over the winner, since Kim won two prizes, third and creative.



HOTEL DE FAYOLLE - PERIGUEUX

THROUGH THE ARTIST'S EYE

Monday, August 18, 2014

DOUBLE FEATURE



I could have made two posts out of this visit to Bordeaux, when on one Sunday a week ago I visited a flea market and a fresh foods market the same day. But what the heck. Enjoy all pictures at once. I liked the location of these markets along the Gironde river which weaves it's way through that wine city.
The flea market was just that, nothing special, but with a much higher degree of authenticity than any flea in North America. It seems even junk in France is from France and not yet made in Asia and bought at Wal Mart....I saw a few things, industrial still going strong with lower prices than ever and some nice chairs, cool book collections and other decorative items that fetch massive bucks in America and here could be had for less than five Euros.

The food market. If you ever find yourself in Bordeaux on a Sunday, it's a great morning to spend walking the Pier and see all the different vendors and their products. As with many other of my visits to local Farmers' markets, I'd buy something at almost every booth. It was an unplanned stop on the way back from the airport, so I did not bring a cooler bag and ended up buying nothing. I ate one something veggie, can't recall the name anymore, but if he'd omit the flour, this would be one fantastic GF treat. Being in France, I did not even ask.
Regardless, lots of fresh foods at this market, ready to eat on the shores of the river, watching the boats come in full of curious toruists, it's a truly great market.



THE FLEA MARKET

VINTAGE GARDEN SET

INDUSTRIAL STOOL

THREE EUROS



LOTS AND LOTS OF OLD BOOKS



I AM SURE YOU COULD FIND A TREASURE, BUT I DID NOT EVEN LOOK

MISSING THE MARBLE TOP

L.A. KIDS WOULD LOVE THESE


'Crazy' is a term of art; 'Insane' is a term of law.
Remember that. And you will save yourself a lot of trouble. 
A quote attributed to:
HUNTER S. THOMPSON

WOULD BE GREAT WATER BOTTLES FOR A RESTAURANT

VINTAGE SHOES

IF YOU LIKE NURSES.....?

FIFTY FOR THE SET

FURTHER DOWN THE RIVER

OYSTERS WITH A GLASS OF WINE

FRESH MUSSELS

FRESH DRINKS

SMOKED DUCK BREAST

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

IT'S BORDEAUX, OF COURSE THERE IS WINE FOR SALE

CHUTNEYS AND JAMS

IT'S BETTER FOR YOU

FOIE GRAS STUFFED FRUITS....

QUITE A FEW POP UP RESTAURANTS AT THIS MARKET

THE COOLEST COOK

WHAT A GREAT LOOKING PLANCHA

CHEESE




SOON I WILL BE MAKING APRICOT DUMPLINGS AGAIN......IN CALIFORNIA

FIVE PEOPLE WORKING IN THIS BOOTH

SOME ARTISAN BAKER......

WITH A TRUCK AND ALL HIS EQUIPMENT, BAKING FRESH

SEAFOOD SKEWERS


ALMOST GF



IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, AN EASY BUSINESS, THEY MULTIPLY LIKE RABBITS

HE LOOKS AUTHENTIC

THESE ORIGINATE FROM BORDEAUX

THE BEST OF IT ALL: PLENTY OF SHADED PARKING ON A SUNDAY

Sunday, August 17, 2014

JARNAC. AUGUST 16TH, 2014


No special date, just a walk around town after the hustle and bustle of Paris. Worlds apart. Both have merit and if you'd live here, you would understand. 3 hours 15 minutes door to door and you could see the very obvious difference. I like both to a degree, Paris a tad more so than quiet village life. Maybe. 
Some pictures of today's walk, not much to say, you may have seen most before. Just a different light, summer brings brighter colors I think . There is a wedding today, I have seen the church all decked out and later ran into the large wedding party at the "beach" and on their way to church. 

Enjoy the images.



SAINT PIERRE'S

READY FOR THE WEDDING

TAKE A SEAT AND LISTEN UP

NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BACKGROUND, JUST THE SUN THROUGH THE DOOR

YOU'LL MEET THEM LATER

THE HOTEL

A FINE COGNAC COMPANY

WITH THEIR OWN STREET

ONE OF THEIR WAREHOUSES



ENJOYING THE SUN




I DOUBT IT

THE FLOWER SHOP HAD A GOOD DAY

27 C, NOT THE HOTTEST SUMMER



LOOKING OVER TO THE ISLAND

CHATEAU COURVOISIER

ONE OF THEIR MANY STORAGE FACILITIES

MY FAVORITE WATER FRONT PROPERTY



AND ANOTHER COGNAC WAREHOUSE

THE LOCK MASTER'S HOUSE

ENJOYING THE PARK

THE "BEACH"

NOT THAT BUSY

LOOKING BACK TOWARDS COURVOISIER

ON THEIR WAY TO CHURCH


WHAT IS HE LOOKING FOR? AN ESCAPE ROUTE??