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If I had to choose just one picture to convey the flavour of expressioniste (Aline)'s wonderful pages (an impossible task) then this still from Albert Lamorisse's 1965 classic Le Ballon Rouge might be it (see here for her post with more stills).

And if I had to choose just one phrase to sum up her pages, it would be the "joie de vivre" which she kindly spreads to all of us. Whether it's her love of all things French, or beautiful fashion, or sunny pictures, or her delight in good food, or any of a hundred other things, I always (reluctantly) come away from her pages feeling much happier about life than when I arrived.

If you like this...

[Enjoy some more "joie de vivre"!]
[French films]

"House in Winter" by Scott Prior, one of my favourite artists

Found on the always beautiful pages of expressioniste (Aline) (I always love her Christmas posts).

(More of this last model, whose name SU unfortunately scrambles, here)

Some of Ervin Sperla's fine portraits - thanks (again) to expressioniste (Aline) for introducing me to this fine photographer

(Check out Ervin's September 2010 archive also)

One of many fine photographs by Christophe Jacrot, from his portfolio Paris in the Rain (if there's a slow link to France, you may have to wait for all the photos to appear!)

Christophe writes:

In my opinion, there are two ways of capturing the world for a photographer; on the one hand grasping its horror, and on the other sublimating it. I have chosen the second. More specifically, I like the way rain, snow and "bad weather" awaken a feeling of romantic fiction within me (climatic excesses are another topic).

I see these elements as a fabulous ground for photography, an under-used visual universe with a strong evocative power, and with a richness of subtle lights. This universe escapes most of us, since we are too occupied getting undercover. Man becomes a ghostly silhouette wandering and obeying the hazards of rain or of snow.

My approach is deliberately pictorial and emotional.

Found on the always-beautiful pages of my friend expressioniste (Aline).

"Portrait of Chelsea"


Esao Andrews is a multi-talented artist who works exclusively in oil on wood panels. His work is sometimes comic, often surreal and dark. Not everything he does is to my taste, but I liked these in particular.

Thanks, expressioniste (Aline)!

An untitled picture (on this page, anyway) by the Russian photographer Mihail Kopychko

Thanks to Aline and Norseye for this one (I'm posting the non-Pixdaus version here)

An example from the great photoblog of KeithinFrance from Brittany, discovered (as with so many good things in life) via Aline

It all began in third grade, when Katie Stagliano's 40-pound cabbage fed 275 homeless people. Now, Katie's six gardens have produced over 4,000 pounds of vegetables to feed the needy.

When Katie Stagliano was in third grade, she planted a cabbage in her family's small garden. When it grew to an astounding 40 pounds, she donated it to a soup kitchen, where it was made into meals for 275 people (with the help of ham and rice). "I thought, 'Wow, with that one cabbage I helped feed that many people?'" says Katie, now entering sixth grade. "I could do much more than that."

So Katie started planting vegetable gardens as part of her nonprofit Katie's Krops - she has six right now - including one the length of a football field at her school in her hometown of Summerville, S.C. Classmates, her family and other people in the community help plant and water, and Bonnie Plants donates seedlings. This past year, Katie took her commitment to a new level: she has given soup kitchens over 2,000 pounds of lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables. Katie and her helpers are now harvesting the spring planting, and another 1,200 pounds will be donated by October.


Thanks to my friend Aline for Katie's story, which is a great example of Pay It Forward.

Beautiful rain sounds, music and images found on Aline's always-lovely pages

A beautiful picture of a child, by Dani Brubaker - found on the always-beautiful pages of expressioniste

Some very fine work with a graphite pencil by Linda Huber

Thanks for introducing me to this artist, Aline!

Carl Larsson, 1853-1919, Swedish painter and illustrator

I love this. Thanks again to Aline for this one... click the picture for more work from this great artist!

Saint-Jean street in Quebec city, by Gaetan Chevalier

"Old Friends", one of several nice dog paintings by John Weiss

I couldn't resist swiping these from my friend expressioniste. Thanks, Aline!

If you like "Old Friends"...

["A Family Album Portrait" by Nadya Kulagina]

A very nice autumnal photo by Ashka Latsan
Thanks to my friend expressioniste for this one!

Limited Edition Archival Prints by Ian Sanderson

Thanks to my friend expressioniste for introducing me to this great photographer.