Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Were the Mediterranean women of the XVI century really voluptuous or  was just Artemisia fighting against the establishment? In the self portrait, Artemisia Gentileschi exposes her breasts in a way that only some movie stars do nowadays!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Artemisia, a woman many centuries ahead of her time!

She lived in the XVI century, the time when professions like painters, writers, doctors ...were totally dominated by men. She didn't disguised herself as a man, like centuries later, Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, a.k.a. George Sand had to do in order to be accepted by the literary circles. Artemisia Gentileschi kept her integrity as a woman and succeeded. Maybe due the oppression she felt by men, some of her work depicted women subjugating men such as Judith slaying Holofe

rnes, Sansom and Delilah, Jael and Sisera, Salome...which she painted several version, and powerful women such Cleopatra.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The best way to learn...

If one is born with the artistic talent, the best way to learn how to paint is copying the masters. In this photo the artist is copying " The Massacre of the Innocents" by Bruegel at the Kunsthistoriches  Museum in Vienna.

Artists are born artists!

They created their own tools, such as brushes  made out bone or wood and animal hair, natural stone such red iron oxide which were grinded to powder to make pigments, mixing them with water or animal fat using oyster shells as palettes . They were the cave men's paintings found in many caves in Europe such as Lascaux in France and Altamira in Spain. They date between 35.000 and 15.000 years ago. They also sculpted on ivory and stones.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The amazing cicada!

There are about 3.000 species of them. They live underground for many years. They always appears during the fall. Their amazing lifestyle has been a source of fascination since ancient times. Several cultures, such as the ancient Chinese, regarded these insects as powerful symbols of rebirth and the French see them as a good luck symbol. They can live up to 17 years!
I took this photo of a cicada in my garden.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

They are wonderful creatures!

Thy can be even soldiers in the army!

Monday, October 24, 2016


I always have trouble identifying my suitcases at the airport carousels. Most of the suitcases are black. I tried to attach some red ribbons on them to discover later that a lot of people had the same idea. So I decided to
paint the image of my dog who was a westie on it. Now what happens if anybody who has a westie copies the same idea? My luggage returns to the status quo?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cafe Luxembourg!

One of the most popular restaurants is New York City is the Cafe Luxembourg.Good food, good ambiance, good service. BUT, don't expect to see these ladies drinking at the bar. They are just the signature card for the restaurant. Why? Ask Cafe Luxembourg...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Tis the season!

Wow! So scary!
Tis the season which all the ghouls are out getting ready for the Halloween holiday and for the Day of the Dead. From October 30th to November 2nd, vampires, witches, zombies are all out in full power!

Near the Cours Saleya, Nice, Côte D´Azur,  the place where James Joyce once lived.

Photo by Malia Obama!

Barack Obama, a Great Father, a Great Husband, a G
reat President.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

It was Brigitte Bardot who immortalized Saint Tropez, but it was Jean Cocteau who immortalized Villefranche-Sur-Mer!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Kafka would be very happy to see a different version of his novella" Metamorphosis. A rock metamorphosing itself into a house in Villefranche-Sur-Mer. (Côte D'Azur)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

A view from the Jules Verne restaurant at the tour Eiffel.
Vista de Paris do restaurante Jules Verne

They don't give up do they? Since they can not attach padlocks to the bridges in Paris anymore, some damn tourists attach them to any place on the walls of the banks of the Seine. It would be better if they give the money they spend buying a padlock, to charity.