Paris Envy... Book Tags...

While visiting Vicki's French Essence site the other day... jealous of her journey... I told her I loved this photo... She SURPRISED me by sending me a larger version of the photo so I could paint...

Oh how I wish I were in Paris... I will have to settle for read a book about Paris... I have many of them sitting nearby in my shelves... so I've decided to play along with a book tag by My Life on the East .
Here are the rules I was given:
Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal/blog along with these instructions. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST. Tag five other people to do the same.

I have to admit something before I go on... I stood in front of my bookcase with books on French subjects and grabbed straight ahead not paying attention to the titles... I opened to the page as told... skimmed down to the 5th sentence... started to read... and then I put the book back onto the shelf... I have a G rated blog and the words simply would put me into another category altogether. So here is the second book I grabbed...


Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
"It provides a concrete explanation for niggling doubts I'd begun to have Levallois- feelings that until now had been only abstract, nothing I could articulate. All this spare time on my hands doesn't help matters, naturally. During long days alone, I dwell on my doubts and they flourish under my attention. They give me something to do; focus. No wonder living here wasn't turning out to be the Parisian dream life I'd envisaged- it's not even Paris!"

Ooh la la... I would like to fulfill a Parisian dream... oooh and in case you would like to read the original page I opened to... the book is called Invitation to Provence by Elizabeth Adler.
This tag is an open book... I hope you ALL will play along! Please let me know if you do... I would love to read your post!

33 comments:

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting my blog - the aim is not to buy any new clothes for a year!

Back to your book tag.
I grabbed "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle.


He looked at the covers
- The American Indians.
He took out the tag and slipped it into my library card. He was always doing that as well.

Paris Atelier said...

Ha! I like this idea...fun! Here is mine taken from Ladies of the Grand Tour by Brian Dolan:
Mary Wollstonecraft is a good example of the more extreme case. 'You know,' she wrote to her siste, 'I am not born to tread in the beaten track.' Turning on her heel she determined to write what she wanted and travel where she desired.
Have a fantastic day! Beautiful painting. I love seeing things through your eyes. The world is even more beautiful & the colors more vibrant!
Judith

Janet said...

I posted book tag on my blog. Thanks Fifi, that was fun.

please sir said...

Lovely painting - one of my favs! The photo is also quite wonderful.

nikkicrumpet said...

That photo inspired the most beautiful painting! One of my favorites to date!

bmommy said...

Wow, such a great painting! I adore France and wish I could live there.

Mariafer said...

Left something for you at my blog...

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh I just love these drawings/paintings of yours. It is Fabulous Fifi. :))

Rachel said...

I think your painting better!

Boy would I love to be in Paris right now too!

gingela5 said...

Such a great painting! Love it! You're soo talented!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Your interpretation of that photo is fabulous. I would love to see your process.......

that excerpt is wonderful, it makes me want to pick up that book!

Rae said...

Too funny about the first book! I am lovin' this glimpse into Paris!

vicki archer said...

Absolutely gorgeous and divine painting, love it - thank you for posting my pic xv

Phivos Nicolaides said...

This is a lovely painting!

A-M said...

Ooooh I LOVE IT! You are SOOO talented... how to pick a Fifi favourite? A-M xx

Sincerely Yours said...

Afternoon Fifi! Now you have my curiosity going!lol Barnes/Noble may be on my trip list!lol Love Love the newest painting. I adore anything French, especially the buildings. Have a great one - Jeannette

thoughtfulday said...

what a lovely painting! i am obsessed with everything french right now, i am going to paris in a few weeks and i can't wait!

Kelli said...

I just found your blog through Tres Belle! I love it and will be back often! I love the painting you did of the picture Vicki took last week in Paris. I love being surrounded by others that have such an affinity for Paris, as do I!

mannequin said...

Oh Fifi..It is smashing! I've never been but only dream so. Your painting would look so divine in ...well, my sunroom!

I'm running over to your Etsy shop!

Natalie said...

What a beautiful painting...and photo, too!

Tres Belle said...

Hey Fifi,

I want to participate, but will have to wait until the kiddie's go to bed. Also, I want to visit French Essence as I took a peek and loved what I saw!!! Tres Chic!!

Kris

Tracey said...

Hi Fifi,
I have an award for you on my blog!
It is the "kreativ blogger" award because you are so talented and creative and nice :)
Tracey

Paris Atelier said...

I can't wait to see your Marie Antoinette painting! She's a favorite of mine ;) I would love to link up with fan post & your painting. I know it will be beautiful...They all are!
Judith

Tracey said...

Love the painting!!!
I am gonna do the book tag this week.....sounds fun!!
:) Tracey

Chris said...

I never cease to be amazed by your talent and the sheer quantity of your work. Love it as always!

Villa Anna said...

Oh that is such a surperb painting! I am completely smitten with this image also.

Anna :)

Robin said...

I love this post! Lovely photo, lovely painting (of course), Almost French is one of my favorite books, and I love the tag idea. But I'm traveling and I left my book on my nightstand! Aargh! I'll have to do the tag post when I get home Friday night....

Alkemie said...

Lovely photo and painting! I must check out the book "Almost French." I love Elizabeth Adler and have read her book "Invitation to Provence." One of my favorite books by her is called "Fortune is a Woman."

Karen

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I’m loving that painting…I think it one of my favorites of yours!

Right now the closest book to me is, “Prescription for Natural Healing.” I’m trying to beat a pesky cold sore. ;-) Though I’m tempted to follow your instructions and play along (maybe I’ll help someone cure something that ails them, LOL!)

Corinne said...

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I had fun with the book tag. Beautiful photo. Oh, how I would love to go there.
~Corinne

Amy from Texas said...

Fun! The closest book to me is Wired that Way (a book about personalities).

Interesting that the page and sentence you told us to write about was about my specific personality weakness!! ha.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Fifi, I have to say that I was going to do this tag thing and I went to the bookcase and pulled out a wide book which turned out to be DEPTHS OF GLORY by Irving Stone. I turned to page 56. There is no page 56. It is blank and goes right to page 57 next. So I figured I had nothing to say. :))
Hows that for odds? LOL

la la Lovely said...

Fifi.... love your painting!!! So pretty and captivating.. no worries about the contest.. my life is feeling a little out of control right now, too!!!
xx Trina

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