In Paris to take in the OPENING PREMIERE of Les Miserables and to see my painting of my little Cosette as their signature image

As soon as I returned from Paris after the premiere of Les Miserable in Concert I began building our booth from my design on paper for the Chicago Art & Design Show at Navy Pier's exhibit hall.  A very busy month and a half to say the least. Really loved being in Paris to see my little Cosette being used for this European touring musical production.  Was very humbled and it meant a lot to me when the producers Philippe, Magda and the entire cast applauded me for in providing them my image of Cosette for the use in their production.  The performance was spectacular and will never forget that moment. Nor will I forget all that I and Mari Jo did in such a short amount of time even with it being cold and rainy 99% of the time. We were able to hit The Palais Garnier (The Paris Opera House) where many of my Phantom of the Opera pieces took place. We could not leave without visiting the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and of course the Louvre where many of my hero's works are displayed.  They had two marble sculptures by Michelangelo there and stood for a very long time absorbing the one artist/sculptor that was my greatest inspiration growing up. l stood there looking at every chisel mark by this the greatest sculptor of all time.  I followed that which was not finished next to that which was and could see what he was seeing beneath the stone.  Another moment I will never forget.

Thank you to everyone in Paris for all your kindness and generosity especially Philippe Barreau and Magda Hadnagy of CITYPROD in Paris in making me and Mari Jo feel so welcome.  We enjoyed meeting you and can't wait to do it all again sometime soon.

Brad

 
Outside the Palais des congrès de Paris on the day we arrived.

Outside the Palais des congrès de Paris on the day we arrived.

 
The Palais des congrès de Paris lit up at night. Taken an hour before the show started.

The Palais des congrès de Paris lit up at night. Taken an hour before the show started.

 
Inside the Palais des congrès de Paris an hour before the show started.

Inside the Palais des congrès de Paris an hour before the show started.

 
Found my little Cosette everywhere including on this women's tote bag.

Found my little Cosette everywhere including on this women's tote bag.

 
Ahhhh... How sweet it is!

Ahhhh... How sweet it is!

 
Mari Jo & I share a very powerful weakness ... Macaroons!!

Mari Jo & I share a very powerful weakness ... Macaroons!!

 
The one artist I admired more than any other growing up was Michelangelo. This is one of two marble sculptures they have in their collection at the Louvre.

The one artist I admired more than any other growing up was Michelangelo. This is one of two marble sculptures they have in their collection at the Louvre.

 
Some hot chocolate on a cold and rainy day at a pastry shop across from Notre Dame.

Some hot chocolate on a cold and rainy day at a pastry shop across from Notre Dame.

The 2016 Art Renewal Center Annual International Art Competition

The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world has chosen my painting titled "Still Water" in the 12th International ARC Salon Competition as a finalist to be included in their soon tho be published international catalog. This year they had 1,006 finalist works by 640 artists from 63 countries, representing 32% of works submitted. The thousands of artist's that enter this international competition bring forth great works of art that inspire us all. The best of the best are featured in this catalog. My taboret if I wore one, would be removed in respect and honor as a result of these artist major achievement in reaching the level they have. My congratulations to all my fellow artists who have earned a place in this international competition. I have won awards and have been a finalist several times now over the years and always look forward to this international compatition.

Still Water By Bradley J. Parrish    Oil on Canvas     16"h x 20"w

Still Water By Bradley J. Parrish    Oil on Canvas     16"h x 20"w

A Couple of The Many Questions I Get Asked all The Time and Here Are The Answers.

Question 1: What is the smallest oil painting you ever painted?

Answer: The two paintings I did for the shadowbox called 'A Date With Destiny". Each of the small paintings measured 1' w x 1 1/2" h. One painting overlooking Paris from inside our hotel room and the other painting of my love in her wedding dress with a view of Paris in the background.

 

Question 2: What is the largest painting you ever painted?

Answer: It would have to be the mural i did in 2004 for my children's elementary school. The school had asked me is i could help them created a climbing wall for the children. All three of my children attended this school and donated all my time to designing and painting this for them. I even had the kids help paint the fish in the mural so that they would forever remember this experience they had. The mural if i remember correctly measured 40' h x 60+ w.

Haley, Adam and Myself

Haley, Adam and Myself

Andrew, Haley and Adam

Andrew, Haley and Adam

Halloween Memories

Halloween Memories

 

 

A lot of good past memories of all of our pumpkin carving parties over the past 25 years. I say 25 years because prior to the kids being born we got together with a couple family members and friends to carve pumpkins. After the kids were born it became a big event each year inviting friends and families. It grew and grew and became quite an annual event.

 

Each and every year as the leaves began to fall; my kids would rally around me to start getting the Halloween party stuff up for the party. Halloween and Christmas have always been two of my favorite holidays however, having my children all getting so excited about these two holidays has always made it “Oh, so very special!” They loved everything about the concept of a Pumpkin Carving Party from the get go. First, everything about it is unbelievably fun and fantastic! All their friends were coming over to their house dressed up in costume for carving pumpkins and for playing games. They got to eat Dirt Cake, Brownies, Candy, and Chips including all the soda and punch they want to drink. And none of them will forget the Haunted Hey Ride back in the field with creatures chasing them in the dark.

 

It was so nice to see all these children grow each and every year. In 2010 we had our last party. It was sad to say the least. The once little kids are now all grown up. I’m thankful every year about this time for all happiness we have all enjoyed during this holiday, the opportunity to share this special holiday with all our friends and their families. These Halloween pumpkin carving parties I know will live on in the hearts and memories of all these kids and someday one or more of them will do the same kind for their children.

Happy Halloween

Brad

 

Our Table Centerpiece

Our Table Centerpiece

This was our annual invitation to the party.

My Little Pumpkin

My Little Pumpkin