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La belle saison! Signs of spring are a welcome sight everywhere. Spring is especially welcome in Canada and I enjoy imagining spring in all the places I love.
Meeting up and hurrying home at the end of the day. Wishing each other a beautiful evening.
Traveling in Quebec as a child I loved the little rural churches. Every tiny village had one and they were obviously the centre of everything. Although we visited only in summer I imagined this little church in the formidable French Canadian winter.
A popular French folk song which every eastern Canadian child learned at an early age. While working on the Montreal Series the song came to mind and this is my version of the famous ‘brother John’
A typical November scene. Everyone hurrying to the comfort of home in the early evening of a blustery, late fall day.
Monday was always wash day when I was young. I noticed in the villages of France and Italy that it still is. I hope Lundi is still wash day Old Montreal.
Maisons de Ville
Although my heart is in the countryside I have a great fondness for townhouses. I love the beautiful London row houses, the Circle in Bath and the lovely Brownstones of New York City. The most beautiful are the maisons of Old Montreal
Mercredi, Wednesday, is the perfect morning for running errands in French or in English.
I received a card from friends visiting Paris and for some reason it stirred memories of Old Montreal. This is the first painting in the series: Old Montreal.
Visiting Old Montreal as a child I was fascinated by all the priests and nuns out and about. An important part of Montreal life at that time.
There is something s tranquil about a cold, crisp, still evening in rural Canada in January.