Friday, May 31, 2013

The Parisienne ~ A Favorite Piece

Favorites on the 1st

Favorite Works of Art

The Parisienne 

Work By

Collaged Quote Photographed On A Building In San Antonio, TX

My husband and I have long considered 

art to be one of the extras in life that feeds our souls.

To single out a favorite piece is impossible.

Instead, I singled out a piece that hangs in my office.

It's special for several reasons.

~ The Artist, My Friend Mitzi ~

~ The Subject, Paris ~

~ The Incredible Layers of Details ~

This piece started with the 

painting of this darling French girl.

Layer by layer, Mitzi added in 

fun details with paper, oils, acrylics, and inks.

~ Pops of Red ~

~ An Audrey Quote ~

The frame is a 

piece of art in its own right.

Even Mitzi's 

signature is a mini work of art.

June 1st

~ A Perfect Time To Plan A Trip ~

~ Yes, Indeed ~

"Paris is Always a Good Idea!"



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Bonjour, mon amis,
    Oh, yes, Paris is always a good idea. Your painting collage by your friend is a real treasure.

    Your Paris maps, Puce brochure, etc... are wonderful resources. All contain places I love to visit while in Paris.


  2. Oh, how lovely, Sarah. I do love Mitzi's art, too! I've always admired mixed media artists. The Audrey Hepburn quote is perfect for the piece, too.


  3. Hi Sarah!

    This piece is simply wonderful!
    And to have a friend who created it -- even better. She is one talented lady. The details are amazing.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  4. What a special piece, pretty and done by your friend. That makes it really wonderful.

  5. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog. I had a great time with the piece of art that I displayed. I'm not an artist, however....I may give my talents a try.
    I love mixed media art and this picture that hangs in your office is an example of the art that I enjoy.
    thank you for sharing...

  6. WOW. Sarah, I have so much to learn about art in all mediums, including POETRY! And I start my writing class in about two weeks and I am so excited. I have even tried a little watercolour in the last two weeks and I honestly appreciate artists because to get the EFFECT you desire is not easy. This piece you share has that SOUL we lovers of great art need in our souls! How does one achieve with a STROKE of the brush, just an air of emotion? I suppose very much in the same fashion a writer uses words: selecting the write ones, the correct textures and colors.

    Thank you precious Sarah for "visiting" my home today. That black and white tile floor is a pattern I always loved, and so happens to be the style I would see in castles much later in my encounter with castles through books and photos! I just happened to always want a tiled floor as such!

    Life is like a garden in so many ways, and one could write volumes; it is another skill of the writer to know just how much to say in a short amount of space and get the general message across. I hope you felt welcomed into our little tale.


  7. Beautiful and special Parisian artwork and yes, more so because it was done by a good friend, that is priceless! I think Paris is always a good idea too! Yes, hubby and I love artwork and are very interesting and learning and here you are with some lessons on art. Artists run around our family, I have two daughter who love to paint for their home, my dad and uncle were such artists, hubby and his sister, his uncle, etc. Thank you so much for sharing and for your sweet and kind visit to my house. Have a great week ahead.

  8. O, I am so in love with this painting, I can hardly wait to go to her site......

  9. Love this collection, it does remind me of Audrey in Paris!!! How fantastic!

  10. You can never go wrong with Paris!! It is a lovely piece of art & I can see why you like it so much. It is YOU...very much so. I see in it, all the things that you love.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.


    p.s. i don't know how you passed up those darling black & white HL dishes!!!

  11. Sarah, once again this did not show up on my reader. I just happened to drop by to double check. Glad I did because I love that painting. Your friend Mitzi is very talented! xoxoxo

  12. What a beautiful post, Sarah!

  13. Sarah, that is a lovely piece to enjoy in your office. I know it gives you great pleasure.
    I love the whimsey and the frame is too cool.
    Hugs, Ginger

  14. Sarah, thanks so much for your visit to pura Vida. I see you out and about and have found you to be such a sweet person..loved your art...very special.

  15. I wish I had the talent to create such pieces, it is so unique and pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  16. Hi sweet Sarah! Oh, this is a wonderful piece of art! It's so different and fun! Love the colors she's used too!
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I hope you've had a nice weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. I cannot even imagine having that much creativity. What a wonderful art piece. After I read through your post, I went back to again marvel at all the wonderful details. Not a piece of art to view one time, but a piece to go back and view over and over, delighting over another detail each time. And how fun that frame is also art. Is her signature on the back of it? Your friend is really talented, and I enjoyed seeing this so much. laurie

  18. I have wondered how people live without something in their lives they are passionate about! It's a must if one wants to really feel fulfilled! :)

  19. Sounds like you need to hop over to Paris for a bit! Can I come too?!

  20. That really is a beautiful piece of art. I think it's really neat that you and your husband identified certain things like art that are important to you together. We like the outdoors and doing projects together.

  21. You certainly have a creative friend. That is blue-tiful!

    Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.

  22. Lovely piece to hang in your office, inspiration in every glance.

  23. Wow, that's wonderful, Sarah - very creative artwork,

  24. Great piece, Sarah, and especially meaningful that it was created by a friend.

  25. Such beauty and talent. I have greatly enjoyed this post ! :)

  26. What a beautiful painting! A real treasure! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  27. Love the painting. Your friend did an awesome job and I am sure you will cherish it for a long time. Have a great week and Happy Blue Monday :)

  28. Hello dear Sarah, Your “Parisienne" is so incredible! I see how it would be one of your favorite pieces of art. It comes from a very talented artist and I think it is beautiful. I love the frame, it adds the perfect touch of whimsy. Of course the Hepburn quote is one of my favorites too! What a lovely piece to have in your office.

    The French Hutch

  29. Sarah I can see why you love this so much. It's amazing and how lucky you are to have such an artist as a friend. Yes it's a wonderful time to plan a trip to Paris!


  30. Sarah~ I'm a fan of mixed media, so interesting to see the layers so I love your favorite piece of art! Extra special the artist is a friend! Would love to plan a trip to Paris :)

  31. I've never seen Mitzi's work... it is stunning. LOVE the mixes of color and subject. No wonder it gives you so much pleasure!

  32. What a fabulous piece! I love the Parisian theme and, like you said, the frame alone is a work of art. What wonderful inspiration this would be hanging in an office. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Are you really planning a trip to Paris? I hope so! It is such a beautiful city.

  34. What a fantastic piece. Her "signature" is amazing, as is her work! Love this!

  35. Bonsoir Sarah. Thank you for stopping by chez moi tonight. I am seeing this a bit late but I love, love, love the detail in this painting. Has your friend printed any postcards or notecards based on it, by any chance? If not, you should suggest it to her. I would certainly get a set! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  36. How SPECIAL! Love this type of work..all the personal touches are so dear..The seal too!

  37. Hi Sarah, what a great piece! Thank you for sharing.

  38. Love that collage, Sarah! Yes...Paris is always a good idea! Are you planning a trip? None for me...:-( ...but I can always dream!...hugs...Debbie

  39. A wonderfully whimsical work of art!



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