I had a wonderful weekend. Jeanie came up early on Saturday and she, Isabella and I spent the day together. We took Isabella for her first full, afternoon tea. She was really cute and loved it.
Jeanie gave me a great pair of gardening gloves that are butterscotch suede with red monogrammed gauntlets, for my birthday...I will be looking like a million bucks out there in the garden...well... at least my hands will.
After Jeanie and Isabella went home, Jay and I got ready to go to dinner, again for my birthday. We went to Gilmore's in West Chester and I got to wear the beautiful new shawl that my friend Gill gave to me. It's so me. A soft, luscious, gauzy, warm garnet-red to brown, wool ombre. Just what I needed for a cool September night out on the town.
I was disappointed with the foie gras appetizer at Gilmores. It was more of a terrine-- cold, bland and it just didn't do it for me. I know I'm spoiled by Joe Frost's, Adam's and Danny's foie gras. I mean they are a really tough act to follow. Jay had the lobster bisque, which was presented very uniquely, but had a strong fishy smell and can't hold a candle to Georges'.
On the other hand, I have never had a better, sweeter, more well-prepared lobster, ever. The leek mashed potatoes it was on were so delicious too. It was truly outstanding. Jay's veal chop was a little chewy, but had good flavor. I also thought the raspberry creme brulee was very good, but Georges' is definitely better.
We stopped off at Georges' after and had a glass of champagne. We came home and Jay played the piano for me and I had a shot of Johnny Walker Gold and that about did me in for my 58th birthday. It was memorable.
On Sunday we went to Chanticleer and sat in the sun and rocked on the chairs on the terrace, up at the mansion. We just talked and relaxed. It was blissful, the only thing missing was music. Another gorgeous day.
I was thrilled when I came home on Friday and was walking into the studio, when I smelled the unmistakable fragrance of a gardenia. I stopped midway in the door, turned around and saw a single blossom hidden among the leaves. I've been wanting to paint another one since the last time my little tree bloomed and finding this one made me so happy. Before I picked it, I thought about how I wanted to paint it. I decided that I wanted to float it in clear glass, so I started searching for a bowl...then I spotted the pair of Riedel burgundy glasses that Danny bought for me for Mother's Day. They hold 37 ounces each, so I knew one would be perfect, to hold the right amount of water in which the gardenia could be viewed above and below.
Since I just bought a whole drawerful of acrylic paints that I've been wanting to try, I did my painting of the day in acrylics. The above is, "Gardenia Floated in a Wine Glass", 8"x10", acrylic on Belgian linen board, $250., framed.SOLD
Since this flower is fading now, I think the next time my gardenia blooms, I'll try it in oils.