A sunny Sunday afternoon at the “Bois de Vincennes” a couple of weeks ago. There were lots of people enjoying the warm weather after lots of rain and unseasonable cold:). There were even two freshly married couples, but they didn”t stop by long enough for me to draw them. We sipped our lemonade and watched the happy people….
La Confiserie du Lac – “look at them” – ink, watercolor 9.4 x 12.6 inch
Sketching on location – Moleskine sketchbook, ink and watercolor crayons
Canson Sketchbook 8×11 inc – ink, pencil and soft pastel
DRAFTY TRAINSTATIONS AND DISCO IN THE BUS
The train stopped for a long time in a tunnel, we never knew why, I fiddled around with my camera, trying to figure out how to make that flash come out only when I WANT IT. This picture blurred. I did that on purpose…
to be continued…
RER station at Chatelet – you’ll find always people in the heart of Paris, even on a cold Sunday in June,
RER STATION AT AUBER – deserted !
The sound blasted, the dancers hooted, the bus shook! – at 4 in the afternoon, they made me smile…
Boulevard Haussmann, Sunday afternoon – watercolor-10 x 7 inch / 22 x 15 cm
A trip to Boulevard HaussmannSunday afternoon I decided to go “downtown”, by train. got off the train at “AUBER” stationand followed the sign: “Boulevard Haussmann – Grands Magasins”. Came out at the Opera…My camera (which I have not used so often because I’m still afraid of it and, stubborn as I am, don’t read the manual! ) in my hand, I strolled in front of the big windows of Galeries Lafayettes and Printemps department stores.
Not many window shoppers! By now the sun was gone. Grey clouds announcing rain. Brrr.
Two “SDF” (which means “sans domicile fixe” which means “homeless”) were sitting on the sidewalk, though not near to each other. Territories. One had two puppies and the other one long white beard. They camped just in front of the many luxury window dressings of the PRINTEMPS.
I walked this sidewalk up and down, and then back up again, and then I headed over to Rue Tranchet and “Madeleine”…… I have taken so many photos that I could keep you here for hours, but I’ll save some for the next post!
For the girls: Shoes, Perfumes, Jewellery - watercolor, ink
Working on this fashion illustration, for now I added typo with computer, but I’m thinking about doing some calligraphic writing to enhance graphic character of this painting….will have to learn more about it.
The River Muse - Gouache painting
Now that the golden September is here, I resume my daily walks to the river Marne. I feed ducks, swans and pigeons, I watch the boats. I look at the water, and admire how it changes it’s color depending on the light. If there is a blue sky above, then the green is emerald, in other parts it’s algue-green, dark blue-green, and sometimes like mustard thinned with water, it’s very clear, compared to another river which I know well, the Seine, which is mostly ocre-greenish.
You can see lots of fishes. The river banks are green, lots of green bushes and also many very old and tall weeping willows. Many row boats, very few barges, some kajaks.
I experiment with different painting-techniques, have been doing so since I arrived here in March. But I was missing something. Inspiration, a project, a special idea, a dream to paint, something more than just paint what I see.
Now, a muse is here:)
Madame Martin et son chien - Gouache painting approx. 35 x 28 cm
Just finished. A commission painting, I loved to paint this!