BLAUGUSTINE / BACK TO ARCHIVE

January 23, 2010

TAVIRA HERE WE COME

Early on Monday morning I'm off to Tavira and, because I can't get into Dreamweaver from my laptop (probably could but won't have time to work it out) blogging until the first week of March will be only at my Blogger blog:

http://newnatalie.blogspot.com/

Watch that space and au revoir, mes amis.

The spirit of painting goes to Tavira.

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January 20, 2010

ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY CYBER MIRACLE

Cypresses, Villa Ulivi, Florence

I painted the above landscape in Florence a long long time ago, still a student, searching for my own 'voice' in art (I'm still searching). With all the moving from one country to another this painting, which I loved, was lost.

Andrei Korliakov leaves a comment in French here, below my Beautiful Blank Slate post of January 9th.

I get in touch with Monsieur Korliakov, a Russian historian living in Paris. I am amazed, dazed, enchanted and enthused when he writes back, attaching the above photo, saying he found the painting a few years ago in a Paris flea market. It was signed so he looked my name up on the internet.

The coincidence - if it's still possible to call such entrancing synchronicities coincidence - doesn't stop there: the most traumatic and significant period of my father's life was his emigration from Russia to Paris during the chaotic events of the 1920s. Andrei Korliakov's research (and his interesting website) is concerned with Russian emigration from 1917 to 1947.

How do these threads in the vast tangled web of human history end up linking together?
My Russian émigré father.
My father rents the Villa Ulivi in Florence for a project he's working on.
I paint the cypress trees in the Villa's fabulous garden, excited by everything I see.
Time goes by. The painting is lost.
Much much much more time goes by.
A Russian historian is browsing the marché au puces at the Porte de Vanves in Paris.
He picks up a painting he likes and notices the signature, a Russian name.
He buys the painting. Time goes by.
He looks up my website, contacts me on my blog, Blaugustine.
The lost
painting is found.

Andrei invites me to visit him the next time I am in Paris. You can be sure that I will do so at the earliest possible opportunity!

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January 14, 2010

MY SUGAR-COATED STREET

sugared car

Winter from my window

 Sugar everywhere

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January 9, 2010

 

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BEAUTIFUL

 

 

BLANK

 

 

SLATE

 

 

 

BEFORE

 

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FILLS

 

UP

 

AGAIN

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