9/18/2016

Ruby Wedding



Tony and I recently celebrated our Ruby Wedding anniversary in Normandy with our family; just one of the reasons I have been very behind with my blog posts. It was wonderful to spend time with our nearest and dearest, the sun shone brightly and the sky and sea were bluer than blue.



When we had enough of the great outdoors we lazed about indoors in the very spacious farmhouse we rented. Our grandchildren George and Edie found a book in the local supermarket which had been illustrated by their uncle Patrick. Of course we had to bring it home with us, it inspired many new works of art.



One of the places we visited was the Christian Dior house and garden in Granville. This beautiful pink villa housed a collection of the designer's work alongside photographs of the famous women who have worn House of Dior creations.



There were dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy to name but a few. There is something very personal and immediate about people's clothing, like seeing handwriting it evokes many sentiments. Viewing the exquisite Galliano creation worn by Diana, alongside the bag, shoes and jewels she wore, displayed next to her photograph made the experience very poignant. The tiny suits worn by Jackie and the sensuous black silk worn by Marilyn, such beautifully clothed women forever photographed and admired. I wonder how many of us would really like to choose their destinies?



When we returned I began a new series of animal portraits, this is little Millie who sometimes comes to stay. She and Ted were good companions and enjoyed walking together. People ask me why I haven't painted Ted, the answer is simple; every very time I look at his photograph my eyes fill with tears and I am finished! Maybe one day. The Anthony Browne book is one I have owned for some time, it is a little gem and worth rooting out if you love beautifully illustrated books. I decided to add some topiary details to my border, I hope Millie approves.




Another member of the pack, Ash the Weimaraner contemplating life.




13 comments:

  1. Val, I'm sending along best Happy Anniversary wishes to you and Tony! Your celebrating with the family trip to Normandy sounds quite wonderful

    How sweet is the photograph of your grandchildren carrying on a family creative tradition!

    Visiting the Dior collection would also have interesting me...particularly the Galliano designs for Diana. It is interesting to see clothes that well known persons have worn and to contemplate what these folks' lives were actually like.

    Val, may I also say how much I admire Millie and Ash's portraits. You really have captured that special quality we might have been fortunate to have known in our pets.

    (Follow up to my silverpoint comment. I still haven't located my drawings. Must resume rifling through my flat file drawers.)

    xo

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    1. Thank you for your well wishes, I know you would have loved the Dior house, no doubt you are familiar with the collections.
      It would be interesting to see if your drawings have darkened over the years, that is the theory anyway! x

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  2. Congratulations to you and Tony on your ruby Wedding Anniversary. I sounds as if you had a delightful time in Normandy to celebrate. I remember visiting Granville some years ago but didn't know about the museum the exhibition sounds wonderful. The little dogs in your portraits are so full of character, they are lovely:)

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    1. Hi Rosie, it is always nice to hear from you and to read your comments. Our anniversary was last month but I am so behind I missed August altogether! Hope all is well with you. x

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  3. Happy Anniversary Valerie. Lovely to celebrate it with your family in such a lovely place. I do understand about your eyes filling with tears. I still feel sad about dogs I have lost.

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    1. Thank you, yes, we are very attached to our pets and always feel bereft when they die. Inevitable I know but that does not make it any easier. x

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  4. What a lovely ruby anniversary trip.
    Looks a gorgeous place.
    Sending warmest wishes.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer. x

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  5. Valerie, I've always wanted to visit Normandy, if for no other reason than to view the Bayuex Tapestry. I see from your pictures that it has much more to offer. I know what you mean about painting your beloved Ted. I've never portrayed any of my dear departed best friends... never really thought about why I haven't until now. You and husband look perfectly perfect on this special occasion; how very delightful to have your grands with you at this time, as well.

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    1. Hi Jeri, like you I have always wanted to visit The Bayuex tapestry and despite many visits to Normandy I have yet to see it! Thanks for visiting. x

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  6. Happy 40th anniversary. My husband and I just celebrated our 20th. (We got together late.) Lovely to visit the House of Dior. Lovely to see your grandchildren enjoying art!

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  7. Many congratulations to you too, how nice to have you visit again. Thank you for stopping by.

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  8. Belated, but Happy 40th Anniversary! :) Great post, lovely photos, and although I not artistically talented myself I thoroughly enjoy seeing the creativity of others. :)

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