Monday, May 8, 2017

18 Years Ago Today - A Particular Friendship

Photo by Helen Tilston
Dirk Bogarde left this world eighteen years ago today.

I was saddened and planted, at our farm,  a white lilac bush in his honour.  I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dirk Bogarde.

Photo Helen Tilston

Dirk Bogarde was an Actor, Painter and Novelist.

Bogarde served with the British Army during the second world war at 22 years. Bogarde was one of the first Allied officers in April 1945 to reach the Berger Belsen concentration camp in Germany, an experience that had the most profound effect on him and about which he found it difficult to speak for many years afterward.

Dirk Bogarde is often referred to as a Matinee Idol and starred in many movies.  

Later he became more selective and acted in more challenging roles.  
Bogarde was born and lived in England and later in France with his long time partner Anthony Forward.

It was Dirk's writing that captured me and in particular this book which hooked me on his writing.

In a nutshell the story is: Madame X, while waiting for her hair to dry, is reading a magazine at her hairdressers in California. She reads that Dirk Bogarde has purchased a new home in England.  Madame X recognizes the home and it is one she lived in many years earlier.  Madame X writes to Dirk Bogarde and they correspond for several years.  He bears his soul to Madame X.  The love between the two is magical.   A must read.

I have read all of Dirk Bogarde's books and they adorn my bookshelf.    

Today a white candle flickers and I recall a man who was born with integrity, charm, common sense and with so many gifts all of which he used.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Documentary Save Our Cottages Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Photo of Helen Tilston. Photographer Michael Tilston, St.-Remy-en-Provence, France.

I have just returned from Provence, France where my work took me to research painting and filming venues for  Save Our Cottages:  Artists with a cause, a documentary to be aired on PBS in 2018.


Violetta Chandler & Mary Rose Holmes plein aire painting . Photo:  Tricia Priest

Emmy Award winning documentary film-making team Lynn Marvin Dingfelder and Larry Wiezycki have been filming The Plein Aire Cottage Artists, Violetta Chandler, Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston and residents  at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.for the past several months.

Photo by Helen Tilston, Provence 

The second part of the documentary is scheduled for filming in Provence at the beginning of June.
We are going to be painting and walking in the footsteps of the fathers of Impressionism in Provence.

Photo by Helen Tilston.  Vincent van Gogh's room at St. Remy en Provence
We are thrilled that this documentary is going to film and will be aired on PBS in 2018.

Helen Tilston, Violetta Chandler and Mary Rose Holmes and Camera Larry Wiezycki  at Beach Trail IRB, Fl, photo by Lynn Marvin Dingfelder
Individuals and companies have an opportunity to have their name in the credits.  All donations are tax decuctable. To  participate or simply to view the trailer.
Wishing everyone a great week and I look forward to catching up with all of you.