Needless to say, since I haven’t updated this for – now a couple of years – gulp – a lot has happened since my last entry. Ole and I returned to Boise, Idaho in September 2013 from my beloved France. Along with re-entry issues, we got a divorce in 2014, I moved to an apartment and had to give up my adored Margaux, my/our black Standard Poodle, I did adopt a black and very smooth cat that I named M. Simon, built a little house in Eagle, Idaho and moved there in November of 2014. In February 2015, I added a Shetland Sheepdog puppy that I named Epice (French for “Spice”) and in September 2015 my last family addition was a Red Standard Poodle puppy that got the name Rose’ d’Provence (otherwise known as Rose’). I am now DONE with acquiring 4-legged family members I am still painting of course. In 2015, my painting “Matin ll” was accepted into the Idaho Watercolor Society’s annual juried exhibition and made me eligible for Signature status – meaning that I can add the initials IWS (Idaho Watercolor Society) after my signature on any painting. I also hold Signature status in the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC) and the North East Watercolor Society (NEWS). This year I was accepted into the Members only exhibition of the North East Watercolor Society which was a huge honor. There are a few other things in the works that I can’t really talk about right now but if there is news I can share I certainly will. I would appreciate any comments should you find me. And I will be updating this on at least a monthly basis. I am on FaceBook which is where I have been posting most of the work since 2014 so if you are on FB look me up….I have gone back to my maiden name so I will be “Kristin Ranney (Kiki)” on FB. Thank you and Merci!!!
Bonjour! It has been awhile since I posted anything….I guess being overwhelmed by living in France has..um…OVERWHELMED me……SO – here is the latest. I have learned a new watercolor technique. It is called “Pouring” and is where you literally “pour” colors onto wet paper, let dry and then paint what you are going to paint. The result of all of this is that you get a real glow from each painting that can be quite lovely and interesting. So what has happened is that French friend Martine introduced me to the gallery owner of Art Expo in Cannes who flipped for my latest painting “Peony du Printemps” (Peony of Spring) and took “her” to his gallery to frame and hang up to gauge people’s interest. The gallery is located at 25 Rue Docteur Calmette on a little side street in Cannes. Now neither Martine nor I have heard from him so I have to assume that “Miss Peony” is still there. At any rate, who would have guessed that one of my paintings would end up in a gallery in Cannes……..so all is good and we see what happens next!!! And I promise….I will let you know what does happen next.
Bon Jour!!!! La vie in France et c’est bien and we have met so many nice people here. First, merci beaucoup pour toute les persons at The Carlton Restaurant! We now think of the staff as nous amis and we are always tres content to see them. As you can see, moi francais is still pretty fractured but our teacher said that I am getting better at speaking it. Whoo Hoo!!! And if you can open yourself up to people around you, sometimes you can meet the very nicest souls. For instance, this morning we were sitting next to a nice family of four with 2 parents and 2 little people. I started talking to the gorgeous mother and low and behold, she spoke English and had lived in Manhattan for awhile. She (they) now lived in Grenoble and we had a wonderful conversation about New York City and the differences between the U.S. and other countries. Sarit (please excuse me if I spelled your name wrong!!!) is Israeli and it was so nice to talk to her! You just never know who you might meet!
I have just added a new image to the site. It is my first painting I have finished here and is called “French Clementines”. Over here, the French give Clementines as gifts – mostly around Christmas time when the Clementines are here in abundance. They were so beautiful that I couldn’t resist painting them. I have the greeting cards being sent here in case anyone would like any. I am also working on finishing up the next painting “Biot” which is a small village about 20 minutes away from Vallauris specializing in hand blown glass. And after that, Palm Trees, the Village of Valbonne’s market day and a variety of other things.
So – again – merci to all our amis at the Carlton. And I’ll keep you up to date on when things get added as well as all of the other “stuff”. XXOO
Hello everyone! I am now back and in the mix of things! We did indeed move to the French Riviera in the middle of last October and have been living in Vallauris (lies between Cannes and Antibes) in a lovely villa called La Corniche. We have now added “Caretakers” to our resumes and actually most of the time this has been a really enjoyable experience. We have begun French lessons with a lovely woman named Michelle that our good neighbor Maryse found for us. Neither one of us is very good in the language although Ole took it for one year in high school and I took it for several months with a tutor many years ago. However I have been able to get by with my now pretty proficient pidgin French and have been able to order GROUND PORK with the local Butcher!!! And gee whiz – I actually got it!!! I have now finished my first painting over here…a still life of Clementines in a bowl. I haven’t done many still lifes so it was an interesting project. Next on the list is to finish a painting of the village of Biot (known for their glass artists) and start something like Palm Trees???? For those of you who need to order cards or prints this will be somewhat difficult now as we had to shut down the Paypal account when we moved. If you do want a print or some cards, you’ll have to email me and I can work out the details with you at that point. I have a new email address – firstname.lastname@example.org so please feel free to let me know what you would like from that address. I will still however keep my website open and be adding more images as I finish paintings. For those of you who are new to my site, I thank for visiting and for everyone else…as they say in French – Bon Journee! (Good Day)
Ok – I know it’s been awhile….and there is so much to tell! First, my latest painting “Storms” was juried into the Idaho Watercolor Society’s 2011 exhibition (currently hanging at the BSU Student Building until June 22) which is always a good thing. I have just added it to the Profile Page and the Store for those of you interested and it is available as a card and/or a print.
Secondly – we just returned from a totally FABU trip to the south of France…met lots of wonderful people and attempted to speak French (fractured French in our cases). Since I am a Foodie, the trip had many delicious highlights..not to mention that it seemed like every village/town that we went to was having it’s Market Day! Oh the cheeses (Fromage en Francais) and charcuterie (Sausages en Anglais) and Lavender and Olive Oil and bread. Special thanks to Sonia, Pauline and her father Buddha, the Chef and staff of Don Quixote and Alex from Chez Grandmere. And all of the other wonderful people who smiled at us, answered questions, let us take pictures or take a seat at an empty table. Oh – and the guys at the Tourist Information places in Canet and Aix – they were totally awesome!!!!
So if anyone is following this blog, I am letting you know that we will be moving to the French Riviera – yes REALLY – mid-to late October to caretake a simply beautiful estate owned by simply lovely people. I know – an unbelievable, amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to painting everything tres french. Who knows, I may even get good at painting plein aire or street scenes! However, this does NOT mean that this website will be going down. Snefnug Studio will contine to operate from the U.S. and any cards or prints will be mailed to you just like they are now. So – no worries!!!! I’ll keep you updated on what’s happening as things go along.