Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Opening 'Guide France'

Paris!
L'oree du Marais, No 29 rue Francis Bourgeois... I had plat du jour - Timbale ou Pecheur au gratin, salade.















Cafe du Metro, bvde St Germain













Walking, walking, we 'found' the Pantheon and de Mairie du 5th Arrondissement which had a Goya exhibition. I thought "a nice little Goya exhibition would be nice right now" (being somewhat overwhelmed). It was nice, but not little at all and my overwhelment continued unabated. Because there was no way I could look at all the beautiful etchings and engravings I decided to draw ONE...
Se repulen. ("They finish themselves" 1778 - 1779.)



It had been raining all day, the seats were wet, everything wet. While I sat a did this quick watercolour (a) I was asked repeatedly "can I have my photo taken with you?" (b) secretly(?) videoed and (c) an organ grinder came along, handed out song sheets and he and his 'choir' did three stiring French songs...
and I wasn't there all that long!




Pont Neuf.
So many bridges, so little time...

9 comments:

Casey said...

These are great. Félicitations!

Renate said...

Lovley sketches, very "french" :)

Anonymous said...

fantastic work - so pleased you are back so i can see what you've been up to...
Glad you had such a wonderful time.

shirley said...

Jan,
So glad that you are starting to upload your sketches for all to see. They are wonderful - very expressive! Great sketch/painting of Notre Dame which I would find extremely intimidating as a quick "study" on a rainy day. I finished my recycled book - a volume on Elizabeth I. Thanks for all of your help with the process.
Shirley

Anonymous said...

Love you sketches...and I love Goya!

janey said...

Yes, I've been eagerly awaiting your travel sketches. It is certainly well work the wait. Were all these done in those wonderful journals you made?

AnastasiaC said...

Wonderful wonderful sketches!
the bridges of Paris are spectacular...my favourite was Pont Alexandre III - stunning!

Alison said...

Oh, I love all of these. What a treasure this book will be!

Anonymous said...

ditto! wonderful images. you really captured the rainy day. And Goya is soooo intense--smart move to focus on one.