Chocolate Croissants

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Chocolate Croissants, oil on canvas, 10"x12".  Sold.

I almost called this painting 'pain au chocolat' but thought that it sounded insincere and a wee bit pretentious.  Maybe it was because I came close to failing all of my French classes starting from grade 4 up until grade- 10.  Plus, it kind of reminded me of when I was in France, and my long-suffering friend Karen (who actually does speak decent French) was yelled at by our waitress at a cafe when she ordered 'pain au chocolat'.  It's really not an interesting story, so I'll quit while I'm ahead.

It's January....and I'm finding it difficult to have anything interesting to say.

7 Responses to “Chocolate Croissants”

  1. Janet, this painting is delicious in all of it’s pain au chocolat-ness! There are few days I go without thinking of my semester in France. I spent more time mange-ing the frommage though. My roommate and i would try a different cheese every time we saw a frommagerie. We were nuts and came back quite plump from all the delightful food. The designer gave me Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking for Christmas. I’ve been pouring over it the past few days. Thank you for the lovely reminder. I’m sending an email to my roommie right now with a link to this painting…it will make her smile! xoxo, trina

    • Hi Trina,

      Glad that I triggered a good memory for you. Usually I trigger nightmares…..kidding…I think. Sounds like a wonderful time you had in France. I was only there for about 3 days, but I wouldn’t mind returning for a lot longer. I think I would be a little afraid to order ‘pain au chocolat’ , but I’m sure I could get over that eventually.

  2. Aw – I wouldn’t call me long-suffering, unless you count being randomly yelled at by waitresses. I almost forgot that happened!

    • You’re a sweetheart K…..but have you forgotten the dates that I dragged you on when you didn’t know I was actually on a date, and when I made up that nickname for you, and when I tripped you in the hall, and when I made up those rumors about you, and when I told a certain someone that you couldn’t get over him….even when you weren’t the least bit interested in him? And what I put you through when I dated ‘Ugly Man’. Remember? I could go on, but it may just depress you.

  3. 🙂 My husband and I recently watched Julie & Julia…I loved imagining what it must of been like for Julia Child to live in France and abroad for so many years. I remember feeling out of place in Paris. I would help out in the hotel’s restaurant (trying to learn some French Cuisine), and my friends in the restaurant said I was a typical American…that I looked “like a doll” (at the time I had really long blonde hair, and was quite petite). By then end I felt even more out of place and like a typical “chubby American.” I’m sure Julia felt out of place (her appearance was the antithesis of French). She did everything grand…”Julia grand,” and didn’t let anyone (even the Cordon Bleu gal) change who she really was. I love that. I would love to go enjoy a pain au chocolat with you and Julia…oh the fun we would have! And then we’d have to, of course, pull out our paints and plein air to our hearts content! xoxo, trina

  4. I sent you a message through your etsy shop! After just reading “about you” here, I also giggled about your difficulty learning French! My sister received medals in her high school french class, and I took French for three years….French 1 that is, and could never pass it!! heehee…there goes that sense of humor again! Thank you for your wonderful work!


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