Au Revoir French Friends

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This week I said farewell to some friends. They weren’t people exactly but rather a pair of paintings.  These women were in a cafe in Paris decades ago, immortalized in a photograph, yet I was able to portray them in paint on paper.

I love Paris and I have been there a number of times but I haven’t painted it before because I was afraid whatever I might do could end up trite. But when I found a postcard in a stall along the Seine, I found what I seemed like the quintessential Paris image: two women sipping coffee in a cafe, dressed to the nines, in the 1940’s. So I painted them. First one in watercolor

"Cafe 1" watercolor 11"x14"by Karen E. Friedland

“Cafe 1″ watercolor 11″x14”

the second in acrylic

"Cafe 2" acrylic on paper 11" x 14" by Karen E. Friedland

“Cafe 2″ acrylic on paper 11″ x 14”

They hung facing one another, sipping and chatting. But they have taken leave of me, gone to carry on the conversation in a sleek, modern apartment, high above the street noise in Singapore. I’ll miss them but I know they will make new friends on the other side of the world.

img_6587I have lots of new developments that have been keeping me busy and I want to share them with you. Almost ready my ART SPARKS Creative Project Card Deck! A super gift for the holidays! Great for anybody looking for creative inspiration, great for beginners as well as advanced artists. Just click HERE and I’ll let you know when they are ready.


For those of you in New York, I’ll be teaching “Painting With Watercolor To Free Your Imagination” at the Open Center on 5 Wednesday evenings, starting October. 26. You can learn all about it and sign up by clicking HERE.  From the Downstairs Studio in Brooklyn, I will be teaching the Creative Spirit workshop, Tuesday and Thursday evening, November 15  & 17. What a great way to get in touch with your creative self! CLICK HERE for information and to register. Plus Early Bird savings if you register by November 1.

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Mark your calendar!

October 31                     Blog Hop to launch ART SPARKS Creative Project Deck

November 12 & 13       Flatbush Artists Studio Tour

December 10 & 11         Open Studio

more info to follow




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  • Cathy S. Hegman

    Love those ladies!! Glad they are living the life abroad!!! Wonderful news! All my best!!

    • karenfriedland

      Thanx Cathy. Your new batch of paintings at your current show are glorious. We’re both sending out our gorgeous girls! ;0)

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