Thursday, May 24, 2012

Paris: The Secret Life Of Garden Chairs

 My Illustration

While walking through a Paris garden do you ever wonder about the conversations the chairs have once our backs are turned? They always look as if they are gathered and grouped to gossip. To exchange the news or just complain about the weather.
 






They give the impression that there truly is strength in numbers-- that it's better to be social than solitary.


Would you agree? Are you energized by being in a crowd? Or do you need time alone to truly recharge?


16 comments:

  1. I love the questions you ask, Jeanne. I am definitely a one on one person. Socially, evenings with many people can make me nervous--even if they are people that I know and care for! I have always been that way and find it especially odd as I am completely at ease in the midst of a even the largest crowds in public.

    I think that someone could make a book out of your Parisian garden chair theory! ;)

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  2. Funny but I just read Heather's comment above and I'm exactly the same way. I love being around people but do better one on one. Love your questions about chairs and how they fit in with people.

    XX
    Debra~

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  3. love those chairs, husband and I fell in love with them while in Paris

    This is the closest version I could find on line

    http://www.americancountry.com/luxembourg-stackable-low-chair_p_1224_9506_2.cfm

    Love the color of your painting, like the light in those Parisian gardens

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  4. I have a rusty set of bench legs that I bought at one of the markets in Munich, in dire need of some TLC. I wonder the stories it could tell! What a fun post. I love both - social and alone time - but too much of one or the other and it's too much for me!

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet friend!! :)

    You know I'd always pick being social - it was so fun to see you last night - a good girl's night celebrating a dear friend is my favorite way to recharge!

    XOXO,

    C

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  6. I need both, and I believe I could accomplish both here! Such a thought provoking post, Jeanne.
    Your illustration is perfect!
    Happy Thursday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  7. I need both, and I believe I could accomplish both here! Such a thought provoking post, Jeanne.
    Your illustration is perfect!
    Happy Thursday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  8. not a crowd person. i don't come alive in those situations. but i love a small group or one on one. and i need lots and lots of alone time to create and write.

    your artwork is beautiful!

    michele

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  9. Thought-provoking Jeanne, with lovely photos to boot. Since I am lucky enough to own two of these fabulous Fermob park chairs at home (in bright poppy red,) I have been looking at them intently this morning. They are facing each other on the deck, separated only by a colorful plan container, and I am trying to catch them if they start "chatting" to each other :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  10. Gorgeous illustration. The green and yellow play so well over each over.

    As far as social situations....I do need both. Though, like many other commenters, I much prefer one-on-one time. I get so overwhelmed when there is a large group (even if I know everyone) b/c I don't know which way to turn and feel like I end up having many insignificant conversations.

    I finally met Valerie!! We didn't have long to talk and it was at the end of the 3 days, but I'm so happy that I have now put a face to the sweet voice that I've gotten to know.

    We missed you...maybe next year. :)
    xoxo Elizabeth

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