Welcome to the French Riviera

Bah oui. Ze French Riviera….

It actually is as beautiful here as in the postcards. But don’t take my word for it – a picture says more than a thousand words.

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One of the streets in the old city of Hyères

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Hyères will be my home for the next three weeks – I am the artist in residence at LMStudios where I have the run of a quirky, centuries-old little house in the historic part of town. This includes a gallery on the ground floor where I exhibit my own works.

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The gallery sitting aspect of this residency is my least favorite part. I find it quite excruciating to represent and sell my own work. Give me another artist’s work that I admire and I can be an amazing salesperson. I believe people fall into three categories as far as galleries go – first you have the totally oblivious passerby like this gentleman below who stood for a good five minutes at the entrance of the gallery reading his daily!

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The majority of passersby fit into the second category – those who look in through the glass vitrines but are deathly afraid to enter – either from fear or discomfort. And lastly there’s the tiny minority whose radar is open to the existence of art and dare to step foot inside!

Because I just arrived, the work I hung in the gallery are small format works I brought with me until I start producing work here (I’m not sure yet what direction my works will take). The surroundings need a while to simmer. A very interesting local gentleman  popped into the gallery on my first day.

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My multi-media series on African women appealed to him greatly. My first sale of the morning was from that series. See below.

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Au revoir until next time!

 

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10 thoughts on “Welcome to the French Riviera

  1. Ruth July 10, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    Oh Lil… the colours in the town look exquisite…what a wonderful experience you’re going to have! Interesting to hear how selling your own work progresses… of course I would be more than willing to pop over and sell it for you …

    • liliannemilgrom July 10, 2019 / 2:11 pm

      Please come quick! I can use all the help I can get!!

  2. Lenore new Walsh July 10, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Admirer of your words and descriptions…….takes me away from Fairfax. Keep posting these charming photos…your village is a lovely contrast of colors that must make you happy!

    • liliannemilgrom July 10, 2019 / 4:06 pm

      Merci, Lenore! Hope your vacation made you happy in return!

  3. Hagar July 10, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    Hey dearest Lilianne.
    So happy for u. Make great work as usual.
    Many hugs

    • liliannemilgrom July 11, 2019 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you Hagar!

  4. Jaime S. July 10, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    Once again your post has brought a gentle smile to my face. 🙂 I am so lucky to have one of your BRILLIANT pieces which brings a smile to me everyday and to all who see it! How lovely to be in that space. Marvel in the gift that you are given there….it inspires me to reach. Shalom! Jour heureux!

    • liliannemilgrom July 10, 2019 / 5:30 pm

      Your feedback means a lot to me. Thank you for reaching out to me 🙂

  5. Jennie Schoenfeld July 10, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    Mazeltovs all round AGAIN! Isn’t it time to collate all of these rich experiences into an illustrated Autobiography or hardback published diary or at least a children’s picture/story book with paintings, photos and illustrations?

    …like those made by Fridha Kahlo or Picasso? Yours will be more interesting and varied…all those different media that you work so well with and obscure places you have been to and those personal and global perspectives.

    Enjoy your time there,
    Jennie

    • liliannemilgrom July 11, 2019 / 6:22 am

      What a thought! I wouldn’t know where to begin but thank you for you for your validation of my creative efforts!

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