Hello my dear Friends! I'm on a short blog break this week as you all probably will be spending more time with a family and friends during the holiday season. My deepest gratitude for all my dear friends and followers, collectors and online etsy shoppers. I enjoyed spending time with you all this year, blogging about art and travel and whatever else was on our minds at the moment ....... you make me feel like we are like one big family. I count all my blessings this year and trust that you will have time to reflect on your many blessings as well, and also to create many great memories for the future! I hope to blog again soon to close out a wonderful 2014!
Hello Monday! My brain is running at a slow pace, in need of a second cup of coffee to kick in ... (now already), and I'm slightly sad that the weekend is gone. So, I'll take a few hours to browse my favorite blogs, online magazines and pretty pictures from my trips, and read up on my friends' blogs .... all to inspire me.
So you are a creative professional and this is you life sources. Embrace it and make some time for it! Without inspiration you have no fuel in the tank, and that will lead to nowhere. Most of the time I'm working on a series of pieces ... so it is easier for me. But every Monday when I have Monday-brain, I need something to get me excited and to spark my creativity again. So often my Pinterest inspiration board gives me a kick in the rear end. As an artist I need my creative juices to flow freely .... so it is great to start this morning with a giant cup of coffee, and let those couple hours visually trigger my brain. This is a part of my creative process! So, I'm taking time and adding this to my Monday routine! I hope this will be inspiring for you as well! 1. Just a few of the many things I love about Paris here ... nearly daily posts of a life in Paris and the Paris lifestyle .... I think the writer behind the blog reminds me of myself and my love of the city from the first time I set foot in the City of Lights.
An inviting café scene from my last trip
2. learn more from the blogger pro here . Go to her Press section .... she really has a creative and knowledgeable approach of social media business .... I learned something new from her lately. 3. here is more from my Pinterest board ( I think it is about time to think about White Christmas ... inspiration is everywhere.... sometimes you don't even have to leave home to be inspired:) 4. and here if you in design or home decoration.... lovely posts from my favorite design blog. 5. last but not least, to celebrate another successful business year selling online I am happy to giveaway one print of my original watercolors of your choice! This is first time I have used the generated raffle, so we'll see how well it works. In the mean time I wish everyone best luck and cheers! xx, Lana
How are you lovelies?
I hope November treats you well. I can never come up with what to say by the end of the week... ( no wonder :) so here are some words lately I found that inspire and move me forward:
"When it comes to art, buy with your eyes, not your ears. I try very hard not to "decorate" with art. Art should be reflective of your personality and what is going on in your head - not reflective of the colors of a sofa". - Hotelier Jason Pomeranc
"Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story."
- Erin Flett
Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in....
Do you have any favorite words, quotes, or sayings to move your forward? Share them with me in comments. I would love to hear from you. And for now I wish you a lovely weekend and many great memories to fill :) xx, Lana
Happy November! Happy new week and hello to a busiest season.... I know that many of you think I’ve been purposely added summer inspired pieces here and teasing you a lot about my Florida weather. The truth is that it’s not something I do to tease, it is just always surrounded me and inspired me most. So I’m happy to share some of my new watercolors with you. I hope you like it.... xx, Lana
Hello My Friends! I hope your October is treating you well! In fact, I hope it's downright inspiring!
Inspiring still life - Miss Dior
You see, I love October because it means I'm in the home stretch.... I can celebrate my accomplishments over the last 10 months, and kick myself into gear to make the best of what's left of 2014!
Oh ...and of course, fall is my favorite season. When my dearest friends celebrating with sweaters, leggings, and everything pumpkin in New York, I'm sweating it out on the prettiest beaches of Florida in sunglasses still.
Looking back on my trip to the Paris Museums: Second stop - Art Tour of Musee D'Orsay
Each week I will focus on a different artist that I admire. This week's blog will therefore focus on one of my favorites of all time - Monet. If you have visited the Louvre in Paris you would know that there is no impressionist art there, they were "blacklisted" by the classical art league. So instead, the Musee D'Orsey is a perfect home for the greatest art movement in history and I was so happy to see so many beautiful originals there.
I know there is a lot already posted but I would like to give you my perspective. We each have a unique way of seeing what surrounds us. Depending where we focus, and at what angle, can lead to varied perspective. We can be looking at the same picture and see it differently. Some of us will focus on details, others will look at the whole picture. I often remind myself to take a different view, stand back, come close, use all five senses to embrace what might not be obvious, just unseen. I love to be a "detective" and challenge myself not to turn a blind eye. Have you ever felt like that? With a Monet in particular it is a hard to say what I like the most .... I think I like Monet's fresh idea and admire his first brave step into the unknown. He did not think he was creating a masterpiece, he did not know that his painting" Impression Sunrise" would give a whole new art style it's name. He was innovative and he followed his inspirations and he was right! What is most fascinating about his work is that he creates a series of the same subject, but with a new light. I love his beautiful waterlilies series and of course the Cathedrals! Take a look at some of the photos I managed to capture of the Musee D'Orsay - the cafe, the windows and the main entrance with beautiful architectural details of the building (old train station) and sculptures. Too bad it is forbidden to take pictures inside the museum! Let me know what do you think about this post.... and as alwaysI love to see your lovely comments! xx, Lana
The absolute best time to visit the Louvre is on Wednesday and Friday evenings when the museum is open until 9:45 pm, there are many fewer visitors.
Me: I was excited to see the Louvre, so I scheduled to go early in my visit to Paris, but unfortunately there was a strike so entrance was not permitted. Later in the week I was able to go and of course I loved it! So plan ahead and be flexible ...... there is so much to do and see in the Louvre and in Paris!
Q: IS THERE A LONG LINE TO ENTER THE MUSEUM?
It depends of the time of day. The line outside the pyramid entrance varies from 5 to 20
minutes. This is a security purposes. Participants on all Context Louvre walks will not wait in line as we pre-purchase tickets and thus have access to a special line. Museum Pass holders or advance ticket holders can also enter this way (see our concierge service for purchase of non-walk advance tickets).
Me: When I was there they closed at 5. Seriously, who would have thought that when parisians have dinner around 10 p.m. who know that the Louvre can be closed at 5 :) I'm not sure, but I think it was a Thursday. Also, the people at the Fat Tire place where we rented our Segway Tour alerted as to another entrance to the Louvre just a few hundred feet from the main entrance .... the line is usually much shorter and apparently not many tourists are aware of its existence. So, please ask locals for more tidbits!
Q: I’VE HEARD THE LOUVRE IS ENORMOUS, HOW SHOULD I DECIDE WHAT TO SEE?
The Louvre has one of the largest art collections in the world and it would take weeks to see it all. To make the most of your visit, it’s a good idea to read up on the different sections (perhaps in your guide book) so you can have a better idea of what you would be interested in seeing. If you are deciding on a walk with Context, we recommend the French Masters walk, which introduces you to French art and compliments your Parisian experience. If you are visiting the museum on your own, try not to see everything, you will appreciate the works more by focusing on a few sections, pick up a map at the info desk which will help you navigate its vast wings.
Me: That is so true and you can see my first picture was taken by the end of this trip... I have an exhausted look ... the place is so enormous, even walking in flats brought me a bunch of blisters and two days of recovery!
Q: WHERE CAN I GET A SNACK OR HAVE LUNCH?
While eating inside the collections is not advisable, bags are not searched for food, so you could bring along a snack, sandwich or bottle of water in your bag and have a break in the main foyer. There are numerous cafes throughout the museum and in the Carrousel du Louvre, the shopping centre attached to the museum, you can find a fairly good food court with world cuisine. For a more leisurely lunch or break, try the Café Marly which is on the North Side of the Cour Napoleon (part of the Richelieu wing), great for people watching.
Me: Personally I did't get time to enjoy a lunch in Louvre, but there are many wonderful restaurants and cafes nearby :)
Q: IS THE LOUVRE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
The Louvre is wheelchair accessible and you can request a temporary wheelchair loan from the information desk. There are elevators throughout the museum as well and you can print a wheelchair accessibility guide from the site. We are happy to custom design visits to the Louvre for visitors with mobility issues.
Me: I was not in a wheelchair but after I was finished I felt like I needed one! Maybe I could see more:) P.S. I hope you guys enjoyed this museum series! I had a lot of fun learning more about the Louvre actually afterward and I hope you will be planning ahead and please sharing it with me. Oh, most important... I actually found Mona Lisa in the last hour.... but could't take a good picture... people was blocking ( so as a double glass over the painting ) ... so just look on internet, you will get a better views :)
Questions for You:
Would you like to see more posts or series like this in the future on my blog?
What’s your favorite art or place you like to visit or see?
Have a wonderful week and see you soon! with love, Lana