June 7, 2012

Remember when we bought our very first “big” piece of art? I think I tell the story behind the painting and its brilliant painter, Jean François Sineux, to everyone who visits La Cressonnière! My sentimental attachment to L’Amerique grows every day we live in this magical home; it’s going to be an incredible souvenir from our time here in France for our family’s lifetime, I hope.

I guess I’m just a fan of the back story when it comes to art. Which is why I’m fascinated with Wondereur, a weekly iPad magazine just about to launch. Their concept is that art is a powerful thing, but you have to get up close and personal with it and those who made it. That can be difficult. So Wondereur’s talent spotters and editorial team are intent on making it easier, combining storytelling with art-buying. I can’t wait.

And maybe someday you, too, can regale everyone who walks through your front door with the story behind your favorite piece of art! (It is great fun! I promise. Even when you tell guests the same story twice. Or three times.)

Follow Wondereur’s story here. Adorable photo found on Pinterest, but I wish I knew the original source!

[ UPDATE: Ask you shall receive! I asked about the source of the image and this is what I found in my inbox: My childhood friend's dad, Herb Slodounik, took this picture. He was a photographer for our local paper in central Illinois. The photo was pictured in LIFE magazine. Herb passed away from cancer when his daughter and I were in the 4th grade. — Katie Jo Risma ]

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1 Ruth June 7, 2012 at 5:53 am

Oh, I LOVE that photo! Heading over to learn more about Wondereur now. Thankyou!


2 morgan June 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

>>And maybe someday you, too, can regale everyone who walks through your front door with the story behind your favorite piece of art!<<

been doing that since I got my first job/paycheck/bonus!


3 juliagblair June 7, 2012 at 7:35 am

I am dying to see “Olive us” 3!!!!


4 Barchbo June 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

We buy a piece of art on each of our major travels – Wondereur sounds like something I would love! Can’t wait to check it out!


5 Jennifer Rodgers June 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Wondereur looks amazing! It seems like a wonderful teaching tool…one I can’t wait to try with my high school art students. They are craving more art history…they just soak it up!


6 Gina June 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

I love this! I’m a firm believer in exposing children to real art from the beginning and had the children in art museums while they were in a baby sling.

The first time I traveled to Florence, Italy an idea grew with me: what would it feel like to grow up with this being your natural first window of of the world? The architecture, the art. How does this form you and become a part of who you are??


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