Monday, September 2, 2013

Patina...La Patine

I am so excited to be doing this blog for By Invitation Only along with so many of my favorite bloggers.  It is positively thrilling to be in their company.  The subject this month is "Patina" and because it can be interpreted in so many ways, I hope you enjoy the way I have done it.

Patina is often thought of as only a thin greenish layer, usually basic copper sulfate, that forms on copper or copper alloys, such as bronze, as a result of corrosion, but it could be the sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.

This gorgeous table is at Jacqueline Adams Antiques in Atlanta, Georgia.

Living half the year in country France, I see patina almost every day.  I am not sure if it is deliberate or just the inability to change it for one reason or another. This beautiful door resides across the street from my home in La Tour Blanche.

Probably the one place where patina is most recognized is the Statue of Liberty. It's copper finish has the most beautiful vertigris finish on it. It is perfect.

It is also a  change in appearance produced by long-standing behavior, practice, or use: a face etched with a patina of fine lines and tiny wrinkles. We try hard not to let this happen to us but for many it is not a choice.  Working outdoors is the quickest way to get these lines and wrinkles.

One of my favorite shops is PATINA on beautiful Nantucket island.

They seek out smaller, independent designers who are known for their exceptionally crafted, timeless clothing.

Wishing you a wonderful new season, where the Patina colors are everywhere.... enjoy.

To read more about Patina and the bloggers of By invitation only go here

A Bientôt



  1. Showing the Statue of Liberty is just brilliant! We are so pleased to have you with our group which just keeps getting better and better. Thank you, once again, for accepting our invitation and welcome. xx's

  2. Welcome Audrey...lovely to meet you :-)
    Fabulous post...I love the beautiful door...I'm forever taking photographs of doors on our travels!
    I'll look forward to reading your posts...have a great week.

  3. Dear Audrey,
    Welcome to the BIO party !!!! It's so lovely to have new bloggers join and to be introduced to new people.
    .... and what a brilliant post on 'Patina'. I nearly added the Statue of Liberty to my post but thought that I would leave it to the Americans in our group !!!! Wouldn't it of been wonderful to have seen the statue when it was first built. Even though I love the patina that she has acquired over the years { and, I have been in the crown, quite a few years ago now !! } can you imagine what she would have looked like ...... new shiny copper glinting in the sun ? XXXX

  4. I love the notion of patina on people's faces as they age...more as a sign of a life well-lived, hopefully, than that of toil...but either tells a story. I think the man here would have a good story to tell!!

    Delightful to "meet" you and welcome to the BIO is a most varied group which makes it such a wonderful notion and so interesting to many interpretations, reflecting so many different lives.

    Greetings from a spring-filled Australia, Virginia

  5. Welcome! Always fun to meet a new fellow blogger...welcome to the "family":) I love your take on patina just beautiful. The door especially drew me in, when I travel I always take pictures of old doors...enjoy your day!

  6. So glad to have you in our group. I collect photos of old doors from all over the world as they fascinate me...the lives led behind these doors awaken my curiosity.

  7. Welcome to our group. Love your beautiful take on Patina...Fabulous patina just makes my heart beat fast...I covet your neighbor's front doors! Ha! Have a great day! Mona

  8. Hello and welcome to this fabulous group Audrey! Patina is such a wonderful subject and your images are very beautiful, what is it about a beautiful old door?

    I look forward to sharing many more parties with you. I love your comment about the face, yes, we must love and welcome all our new little wrinkles and lines that have decided to join us as we grow older, well at least that is what I think! Where is that patina cream??

    Sending hugs from down under xx Coty Australia.

  9. Visiting you at the suggestion of Marsha from Splenderosa I to split my time between France and NY, as well.
    Beautiful photos. I will be visit often.

  10. Hello there, welcome and thank you! Yes, all that, all at once. :) Oh, I am so delighted that you have joined the BIO party--I imagine that you can see by the comments here that we are rather a friendly group. What a gorgeous take you offered us--yes, wrinkles included...
    With my Best from Provence,

  11. My dear Audrey,
    I'm more than pleased that you are so warmly welcomed by our group!
    A very lovely post indeed! Particularly love the "wrinkles" !
    Funny enough, like Jaqueline from HOME, I had first in mind the statue of Liberty, but thought that maybe everybody will use it.
    Nevertheless, very delighted to see it in your post.
    Well done, my Dear!
    See you hopefully soon when you're back from the States, having a lovely lunch with you.
    Until then, xxxkarin

  12. A wonderful use of the word Patina especially for wrinkles + Loved that. congratulations on a great post.

  13. Lovely Audrey. A pleasure to meet you, and I love your take on the theme.

    Of course! The Statue of Liberty! I didn't even think of it:) I had Elsinore in mind....

  14. Lovely to have found your blog through Invitation Only!
    Following now!