Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a skirt from Anthropologie, sparkly flats from J.Crew, and a size 0--yes I said size 0 from Chico's.
Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is upon us. I get to go to a 70th surprise birthday party tonight with dinner and dancing. How much fun is that for someone to be thrown a surprise 70th birthday party?! Life is so short that we must embrace everyday with joy and fun. Michelle and I have working feverishly getting ready for me to miss two days of work next week for me to take a trip to Portland with Ann Sacks tile. I am so honored to be 1 of the 14 VIP guests that Ann Sacks invited from across the country and Vancouver, Canada. I was most proud to be the only one from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. What an incredible compliment! I do love Ann Sacks tile and have used it on projects for many years! If you follow me on Instagram we have been instagramming some of my projects all week! So make sure to check it out! Yesterday we featured an article on Betsy Bloomingdale from Departures and today I want to talk about the artist Ruben Alterio and his home/studio in Paris. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world and I loved the quote in the article that "we reinvent ourselves in Paris." I will always remember the line in the movie Sabrina where she says "Paris is always a good idea!" Ruben Alterio lives in the same building that Pierre-Auguste Renoir once lived. What works of art this building in Paris has inspired and created between these two artist! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! With this article we can celebrate April in Paris!
Typical artist studio. Artist tend to be messy with their tools and their art placed around the room. These 15 foot tall windows look out onto the Boulevard de Rochechouart in Monmartre. Monmarte is the artist haven area in Paris. It makes me so sad that the square where we use to be able to buy local artist paintings is now filled with a bistro. I have bought so many incredible pieces of art there in the past.
I love this small moment in the apartment full of color and incredible art on the walls.
The article says that across the street and up the hill is the beautiful church Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. If you have never been to this incredible church the view up on the hill is absolutely breath taking! I have been fortunate enough to go to Paris seven times in my life! One of my favorite things to do is to walk and look at the architecture. It is a pure feast for the eyes!
A picture of Ruben Alterio at work! His technique of painting is called gras sur maigre which means fat on thin. His painting have a wonderful luminosity because of his technique! He starts out with the canvas on the floor and swipes layers of watercolor across the canvas with a large brush attached to a stick like a broom. He later reworks the canvas with oil paint. I am sure to look this man up now and see where his art is for sale!
Love love love this grouping of art so tight and intense on this wall and oh so varied! I think mixing different styles of art on a wall make it all the more interesting!
"In The Painter's Studio" Article Featured In Departures March/April 2017 Issue
Text By Joshua Levine
Photography By Miguel Flores-Vianna
I just love these inspirational quotes that I find!
Dinner last night was grass fed beef patties, mushrooms sauteed in butter and Worcestershire sauce, and a side of Texas caviar.
Josh Groban has the most incredible voice and this is such a feel good song!