“How many cares one loses when the decision is made not to be something, but someone.”
Uptown Stroll – 6″ x 12″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
This is the third painting in the Bethville Series. I have to admit, they make me happy!
I like that quote, too! I get up every day and decide to be happy. I
try to be a good wife, a person of my word and a professional in my
work. My 20 year old sign shop will never be big and fancy or make me
wealthy, but I get to go there every day and do what I love. And I get
to paint on the weekends! Woohoo!
Fashion designer Coco Chanel, born August 19, 1883,
in Saumur, France, is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits,
and little black dresses. Chanel was raised in an orphanages and taught
to sew. She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first
clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume and
introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress.
With her trademark suits and little black dresses, Coco Chanel
created timeless designs that are still popular today. She herself
became a much revered style icon known for her simple yet sophisticated
outfits paired with great accessories, such as several strands of
pearls. As Chanel once said,“luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is
Her early years, however, were anything but glamorous. After her
mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father who worked
as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill
that would lead to her life’s work. Her nickname came from another
occupation entirely. During her brief career as a singer, Chanel
performed in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she was called “Coco.”
Some say that the name comes from one of the songs she used to sing, and
Chanel herself said that it was a “shortened version of cocotte, the
French word for ‘kept woman,” according to an article in The Atlantic.