Monday, September 1, 2008


"Please come in out of the rain, madame, the sugar is getting wet" Watercolor
Excerpt from "Le Pont Mirabeau" by Apollinaire
Passent les jours et passent les semaines
Ni temps passé
Ni les amours reviennent
Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine
Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure
Maren's unofficial translation:
Pass the days and pass the weeks
Neither past time
Nor loves come again
Beneath the Pont Mirabeau flows the Seine
Come the night ring the hour
The days go on I remain.
So I made this painting last week before I knew the theme, but it reminded me of this poem, which I would say is about memories (here's a link if you want to read the whole thing, but it's in French). It was one we read in college that I really liked. While the painting wasn't so much made to illustrate the poem, I think it fits.
Also, and not to attempt to make another tenuous connection with this week's IF theme, but while I was painting it, I was reminded of something, also in French. I was in Bastille, Corsica waiting for my ferry back to Nice to meet a friend, and I was enjoying my espresso and watching the sea when it started to sprinkle. Not a heavy sprinkle, but a light sprinkle, which, being from Seattle, I ignored. And the waiter came out to ask me to please move inside because the sugar was getting wet. And that's why the title is so long. Thrilling story, I know, but it just reminds me of my days as a sophisticated Parisian woman...


Tammie Lee said...

i love your title
love the melting dripping eye makeup
lovely piece

Fourborne said...

Nice work with watercolors.

C. Brown said...

Lovely colors, her eyes are gorgeous!

studio lolo said...

I love this entry! The illustration and the words are perfect together. I love that...the sugar is getting wet. And she's lovely with those green eyes.

enigma said...

the colors combination is amazing, and the bleeding make up is a great thought!

Linda T. Snider Ward said...

love the painterly effect of the hair with its various reds. very nice image.

Cherryskin said...

The eyes and face are divine.