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Do you like croissants? In Paris? 💌🐩

Carpe Diem Papers News!

November at home….but April in Paris?

I hope this finds you very well and enjoying the season. It’s been a particularly beautiful autumn here in southern Oregon. Before the holiday hustle really takes hold…imagine this.

Springtime in Paris. Specifically, April 4-10 2020…in Paris. Cafés, museums, galleries, boat ride along the Seine, eclectic Parisian shops, French food, vintage book stalls, cafés , la patisserie, staying in the Marais and…painting your journey as you go. Sound merveilleux? My friends at Deep Travel Workshops are hosting this unique one week trip next April. My role in this incredible journey? Art instructor, guide, painting enthusiast, cheerleader and all round biggest fan of giving yourself this gift of art, time, creativity and community.

The itinerary is taking shape, the group is small and we are so excited to share this trip!

Tell me more s’il vous plaît….?

During our week together we will be staying in the central and stylish Marais District. This area is perfectly located for walking, meandering, shopping, dining in local restaurants, sipping coffee in croissant filled cafés, has easy access to museums, galleries and parks….providing visual eye candy for our iphone photos that will inspire our daily painting in either sketchbooks, watercolor postcards, envelopes or whatever strikes your fancy. We will paint in the mornings, explore in the afternoons, reconvene in the evening for delicious meals and more creativity if you’re feeling inspired.

Christina and Anna, founders of Deep Travel Workshops, have taken groups around the world on art and writing tours and are experienced travelers, guides, sense of humorians and lovely people. You are in good hands.
I am your art guide. Painting, art supplies, sketching, anything at all around visually documenting this journey. We’ll be using gouache and/or watercolor on this trip (easy, portable, great results perfect for all levels. No experience necessary!) Please email me if you have any art supply questions.

The preview mini guide is here with details, cost, dates and more.

Looking for an original Paris painting?

“Jardin du Luxembourg” 24×30″ in oil on gallery canvas is available at Watson Kennedy Fine Home in Seattle, WA.

This and several companion pieces are on display at the First Street downtown location.

(They ship!)

Celebrate the Season!

Looking for smaller original artwork perfect for holiday keepsakes, table decor or gift giving? These Fancy Champagne Paintings were quite a hit last year so we’ve brought them back! ElizabethW Carmel has a large assortment of labels, bottles, Rosé and more. Email Kelly for inquiries and shipping. They are 5×7″ on 1.5″ gallery canvas. 
À votre santé!

Art imitating life….imitating art. 

If the Parisian artist’s life is calling you…perhaps this piece “Café Life” has your name on it? Available at elizabethW Carmel.

“Café Life”
Acrylic on gallery canvas, painted sides and ready to hang.

Email Kelly for inquiries.

Oil? Acrylic? Gouache?

One of my most frequently asked questions is…what kind of paint do you use? Different paintings and projects, different mediums. Most of my paintings are acrylic or oil, the former being very manageable, easier to learn and fast drying. The latter because…the total opposite and therefore a fun challenge. And that dreamy buttery texture of oils is hard to beat. Gouache (rhymes with squash) is loosely described as somewhere between watercolors and acrylic. It’s opaque and easy to use like acrylic but it is rewetting so is desirable for traveling, mixing a custom palette in pans or for illustrations. I use gouache for hand painted envelopes, illustration projects and sketchbooks. (It is the perfect medium for loose illustrative Paris painting!)

New Greeting Cards!

This fall I launched twelve new greeting cards. Available at retail shops throughout the country or if you have a specifc favorite or want to see whole assortment, check them out here.

I love snail mail. Sending a thinking about you note in the mail feels so good, for sender and receiver! xo

The obsession continues. Black envelopes. Check. New Paris inspired greeting card launch to pop inside? Check. Great postage stamps and white pen? Check check.

See you in the mailbox! xo

Thank you for reading and following the latest Carpe Diem news and collaboration with Deep Travel Workshops. If you know someone who might want to read this newsletter, carry greeting cards in their shop or attend our Paris Workshop, I would be most grateful if you passed this along.

Merci beaucoup!

Mindy xo
Carpe Diem Papers


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