“One night in Paris” and the following day

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Following on from my previous post of yesterday, Mark and I were feeling pretty shattered after our flights so we had a sleep for an hour or so with the alarm set for six pm. We then headed out to have a look at the Eiffel tower but a closed metro line derailed our plans (please excuse the pun) and we ended up at the Arch de Triomph. After a wander around we decided that the queue was not too bad so we headed for the top. Well I took the lift and won’t pretend otherwise, my knees were pretty sore and still have to last the best of three weeks. The view from the top is pretty amazing.
Multiple metro rides got us back near our hotel, by which point we were desperately in need of a beer. Two pints of Belgian Leffe with out dinner slid down pretty well.
This morning, after a mixed sleep Mark walked to Montmartre while I took the metro. We arrived at the nice park (with the merry go round) below the Sacre Coeur (pic above) simultaneously. It was great to be in the area again but this time I took the cable car up the hill. A photo or two were taken before we had a wander, and another sit down inside the church. Next up was a coffee near the Place de  Teatre and a quick sketch followed by a wander (read hobble) down hill past the Moulin de Galette.
We caught the train to the Pompidou centre from outside the Moulin Rouge. A quick lunch was followed by a look around the Museum of Modern Art which really is a great gallery. The highlight for me was perhaps a couple of works by Paul Klee or maybe some of the sculpture. Or maybe the highlight was our being shut in the gallery for a while as a result of a security scare. There were uniformed guards marching around and we were trapped behind fire doors for some time.
I staggered back to the hotel by train, while Mark walked again and we are currently relaxing and recuperating.
Whether I manage anything more than a brief wander out for tea tonight is undecided at present.

Day One (Paris)

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Our trip started really well with Paulette driving me to the airport, and me feeling confident that I’ve never been so well organised. That lasted until I was walking into the airport, I was thinking that I’d text my son Mark who was flying from Auckland and meeting me in Singapore, and I realised that my phone was still charging on the table at home. Having told all of you that I’d be blogging I decided to get a new phone in Singapore. So if anyone wants a cheap HTC Desire 616 with dual SIM capacity when I get home just contact me.
The first flight went pretty well with one book read and a short sleep. After an hour or so I met Mark as he came off the plane and following a bit of a wander around the shops we found a quiet spot and chatted for a few hours until our flight to Paris was ready. We both slept a few hours and arrived feeling not too bad.
After dropping our bags at our hotel we decided to head for Notre Dame cathedral which was heaving with tourists but as lovely as ever. We found a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the interior and a choir singing some (probably) contemporary chants.
A few hundred metres away we got to the Pompidou centre to look at the 20th century art to find it closed on Tuesday. So much for our excellent planning.
A Croque monsieur and and a good beer we checked into our hotel and have just had a shower and a lie down. Might go out again shortly.
My leg stood up reasonably well but I was a bit sore by the end.

Two new works

Over the last few weeks, while I’ve been trying to get my knee working again, I’ve managed to complete a few more works. Here are a couple that I’m quite pleased with.

I will be exhibiting some of my work at the Kaiapoi Art Expo on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of July. It’s always a good show so come along and see how talented Canterbury artists are.

Freiburg, Germany, $425 framed

Freiburg, Germany, $425 framed

In the Lot Valley, France, $425 framed

In the Lot Valley, France, $425 framed

Cycle trip coming up fast

It’s only a couple of months now before my son (Mark) and I head to France. Our plan is to cycle from Bordeaux, following the Canal de Garonne, to Toulouse then the Canal de Midi out to the coast. It’s a great plan but I’m not recovering from the knee replacement operations, I had last year, as fast as I  hoped, so the trip may need to be abbreviated a bit. Never mind, there are plenty of great places to visit so we will have a great time anyway.

After several months of not doing very much in the way of painting I’m back in the groove. Here are a few recent works.

 

Major, 10th Anniversary Waikuku Exhibition

 

I have tickets available for the opening night (Friday Feb 14 at 7.30pm) available at $20 per person. This is always a great night with a large attendance, refreshments, and the opportunity to purchase great artwork. Just email me on quilliam@quilliamsart.co.nz

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I’ve been a member of Waikuku Artists Incorporated for the last couple of years, this group is made up of artists (in any media) who who live, or have lived, at Waikuku. The WAI group is having its 10th annual exhibition over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of February. This year should be a real bumper show with past members and past guest artists adding to this always popular show.

More information on the WAI Facebook page

 

 

A quiet spell

I’ve had a fairly quiet time recently, at least as far as my painting is concerned. This is because , this year, I’ve had a couple of knee replacement operations.

However I have managed a few commissions  along with some other paintings as you can see below, and I have some big ambitions for when my knees recover. Around July/August next year I’m hoping to cycle across the base of France following the Canal de Garonne and the Canal de Midi. This will be an adventure as well as giving me plenty of opportunities to sketch and paint.

Tobacco workers bach, Otuwhero valley, Motueka $345 Framed

Tobacco workers bach, Otuwhero valley, Motueka $345 Framed

Lighthouse and Yacht Club, Akaroa SOLD

Lighthouse and Yacht Club, Akaroa SOLD

Exhibitions coming up

I’ve entered work in a couple of shows coming up in July. I will have four paintings at each show.

The first  on the 12, 13 and 14 of July is The Town and Country Society of Artists exhibition in the Canterbury Horticultural Society Centre in Hagley Park.

Then on 26, 27 and 28 july is the Kaiapoi Art Expo to be held in the Riverview Lounge, Kaiapoi Club, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi. Where the paintings below will be shown.

 

In Leiden, Netherlands

In Leiden, Netherlands

Domtoren, Utretch, Netherlands

Domtoren, Utretch, Netherlands