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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sketching in Paris

In June I departed for three weeks in France. The first part of my adventure was in Paris.

Our first day we flew from Los Angeles directly to Paris. We arrived at 10:30 a.m., took a taxi to our apartment, went grocery shopping, set up house...Each day we explored a different district in Paris. Here is a selection of my sketches from my time in Paris.
By our second day we were getting tired. We had kept a pretty steady pace since we got off the air plane. Today we covered over 6 miles on foot by lunch time. We both prefer to explore cities on foot. When I think of all the places I saw in one day...wow!
One of the most beautiful sights in the center of Paris is the Pont Alexander III Bridge. The gold gilded sculptures were brilliant in the sunshine. It is also a great place to people watch. A couple dressed in their wedding attire being photographed, gypsies trying to con tourists, artists...
On Saturday I said good-bye to Paris and flew on to the South of France. My workshop was located in the small village of Limoux located along the Aude river.
Participants in the workshop stayed in the beautifully restored residence of Montfaucon. It is located along the Aude River, only 5 minutes from the center of the village.  


I unpacked my art supplies, went grocery shopping, and set up house (again). Once settled in my new apartment I met up with participants in my workshop. 

Dinner was prepared by chef, Jean-Francois. The food was as beautiful as delicious. As they say food is meant to delight the eyes and palette!
Stay tuned...

Happy Sketching!
Brenda

8 comments:

  1. These are lovely sketches along with your written journal.

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  2. Wish I could have been there = such wonderful sketches!

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  3. I LOVE that lady of the Pont Alexandre III that you caught so well (beautiful, triumphant, powerful...) Yes, I have always found it to be a fascinating place, to just hang out, with the sculpture people & the various human people & things that happen there...And that tart~ déliceuse! ~Rita in Maine

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  4. Thank you for the lovely comments! I have have some really lovely sketches to share from the South of France, next!
    Happy Sketching!
    Brenda

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  5. I love the way you laid out your writing with your sketch. I'm just now starting to appreciate design. What ink pen is that in your sketches? thanks

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    1. Cathy, the pen is called a Preppy. It is a fun pen to play with and inexpensive. Not the best but good enough. If you want a nice pen check out a Lamy. A great place to check out pens is at: www.gouletpens.com
      Happy Sketching!

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  6. Hi Brenda! I love reading about your trip and seeing your sketchbook!

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  7. I look forward to sharing my sketches with you of my adventure! Hopefully my schedule will slow down soon and I'll be able to join the Thursday group again.
    Happy Sketching!

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