Work in Progress Paris Passy Gate and Do You Work on More Than One Painting at a Time?

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The opening for the “Orange Blossom Special” Aril Exhibition at the Winter Garden Art Association was last night and there was a great turn out, wonderful art, crowd, and music!  If you live in the area, stop by and see the show, and see what this great new facility in our community has to offer!

Today I thought I would share some progress on Paris Passy Gate.  I had started this painting after I had designed the Coral Reef Menu commission for Epcot, while the design was being approved and before the actual paintings for the menus were done.  I’m usually a monogamous painter focusing on one at a time.  However, this may be the first time I put one aside for a while after completing two other paintings.  I tend to get in a groove on one painting and really know the palette of color I’ve worked out and the painting techniques I’m using on a particular piece.  Then I don’t over think it too much and just let the intuition kick in.

On this one, with some considerable time apart,  I had to get to know it again. In this case, I am so thankful I made some color notes and swatches.  So I could go right back to the palette I started with.  It sure saved a lot of time.

I may not be making any sense.  Artist friends if you would like to comment please feel free.  Can you easily work on more than one painting at a time, or are you dedicated to one until it’s finished?  Although that’s not to say that, sometimes when I think a piece is finished,  a few day, weeks or months may go by and I decide it’s not and tweak it some more.

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More Work in Progress of Paris Passy Gate

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Today I’m sharing some more work in progress photos of one of my latest paintings Paris Passy Gate.  The focal point of this piece will be the gate itself which I decided to mask out so I could just do the background and not have to worry about painting around everything.

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I’m working on a softer paper which I can work in more textural techniques, but have to be very careful.  This paper is not for those who like to glaze multiple layers.  The paint moves around very easily if it is re-wet.  It’s great for softening edges but it’s more of a get in and get it done process while working on it.

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Since I was  going to be working on the Coral Reef Menu project for a while I wanted to get the background finished so I could remove the masking.  I didn’t want the masking sitting on the paper very long and take the chance of it ruining it or not coming off! It’s happened before. 🙁

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Sketching the Louvre in the Tuileries & the Japanese Tourists

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I have been super busy working on the Coral Reef Restaurant menu commission, so I thought I would post another sketch today.  This one was done on a day in Paris when the nasty weather had finally broke, (I know some of my readers can relate to nasty weather right now!). The sun had come out and everyone flocked outside to get some sun and fresh air including me!

I headed straight for the Tuileries Gardens, parked myself on a bench, (it was slim pickings) and started to sketch and paint.  I had always wanted to do a view of the Louvre and not get too caught up in the details of the building but be very sketchy and insinuate them with value.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Just as I was finishing a lovely group of Japanese ladies on a tour stopped and started to gather around me watching me paint.  The Japanese tour guide asked me in French if it was OK.  (The Japanese are so polite.)  I said, “bien sur”,  they watched and made comments as I was painting, none of which I could understand.  I only know a few words of “tourist Japanese.”  The tour guide indicated to the ladies it was time to move on, and translated to me in French, thank you very much for letting them stop and my sketch was beautiful!”  For which I replied, “arigatou gozaimasu,” the formal way of saying thank you in Japanese.  You had thought I had given them a million yen by their reaction.  They were shocked and amazed that I had replied in Japanese! They all giggled, bowed and smiled, thanked me and were on their way.

Little did they know, probably thinking they had happened upon a French woman painting in the gardens, was actually an American who happened to speak French and enough Japanese to make their day.  They certainly made mine!

 

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Work in Progress Paris Passy Gate & Some History of Passy

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I have been painting the last few days my commission for the cover art for the Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot.  Since I can’t share any images yet,  I though I would post some work in progress photos of the painting I was working on while the design for the menu was being reviewed.

This piece is inspired by a gate in the neighborhood where I lived in Paris.  I lived in an area near the Trocadéro, where the Eiffel Tower is, called Passy.  This area has historical significance for a number of reasons, and evidence of it’s history are scattered about the area.

It was home to Benjamin Franklin for his nine-year stay during the American Revolutionary War.  He helped maintain French support for the war effort during his time there.  At that time, Passy was a rural village and not really a part of Paris proper.  One can see many tributes to him throughout the 16th arrondissement.  There is a statue near the Trocadéro, a restaurant near where my daughter went to school,  and a street named after him.

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Work in Progress of Paris Passy Gate, Watercolor on Archival Paper

Artists, Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot  lived in the area and are buried in the Passy Cemetery. This is also the final resting place of Claude Debussy after being reinterred there from his initial burial at Père Lachaise.  His wife and daughter are buried with him. Balzac also lived and wrote in Passy and his home is a charming, quaint museum.

During the twentieth century, a group of avant guard artists part of the Cubists movement, dubbed themselves the “Artists of Passy”  to form a unit of solidarity. Few among them were painters, Albert Gleizes, Fernand Léger,  and Guillaume Apollinaire.

 

 

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Paris on My Mind and a Sketch From The Musée Rodin

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I’m working on a new painting inspired by a place I used to walk by a lot in Paris. That, and the very cold, rainy damp weather we are having lately in Florida have put me in the Paris mood.  Working in the studio, I’ve been drinking Mariage Frère tea, listening to my French music mix and the two radio stations I used to listen to when I lived in Paris, TSF Jazz and FIP.  Both are on iTunes!  The ads are annoying but a great way for me to brush up on my French.

So today I’m sharing another Paris sketch.  This one was done in the gardens at the Musée Rodin.  The Hotel Biron which opened in 1919 as the Musée Rodin is undergoing a major renovation now.  I can see why they would need to update it for accessibility and security.  There was something quite nostalgic about it though, lacking in the modern layer of design polishing apart from the entry.  Once you stepped into the Hotel and walked from room to room, you felt like you were wondering through someones emptied out home with the most incredible art collection that was left behind.

Tomorrow I will be announcing the winner of a Limited Edition Giclée print of my painting Poppies, which I’m giving away to celebrate the one year anniversary of my blog.   If you haven’t left a comment yet to be eligible you still have time by clicking here.

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Sketch Page from the Musée Guimet in Paris France

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I’m in design and sketch mode right now on a commission, which I can’t share yet. So I thought I would share more sketches today from the Guimet Musée, in Paris.  I miss this place!!  This page shows sketches of statues from Vietnam, Tibet, and a Noh mask from Japan.

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Watercolor Sketching at the Musee Zadkine, Paris

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Watercolor Sketch on Handmade Paper in the Zadkine Garden

One thing about living in Paris, versus just visiting, is you have so much time to explore the city and discover little hidden gems, that you would probably never take the time to see if you were on vacation.  One of those is the Musee Zadkine in the 6th arrondissement.  This is another location a few of us from the sketch group visited one fall day.

M. Zadkine Sketch

Quick Pen and Ink Sketches of Zadkine Sulptures

It is dedicated to the work of Russian sculpture Ossip Zadkine.  It was his former home and studio and was willed to the city of Paris by his wife. It now has over 300 sculptures and various other works and a number of contemporary art exhibits each year.

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Watercolor Sketching at the Musee Bourdelle, Paris

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It’s finally happened!  There is a slight crispness in the air.  The temperature has been dropping into the 60’s at night. Instead of highs in the 90’s, today it will be in the 80’s!

Here is another sketch from a fall sketch outing to the Musee Bourdelle.  This charming museum, tucked away in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, was the home and studio of sculpture Antoine Bourdelle.  It gives you the sense of what an artist’s atelier actually looked and felt like in the late 19th century.  In the late 1920’s he started to turn his studio into and actual museum and today the museum houses more than 500 of works of sculpture, paintings, and pastels.

Bourdelle was one of the pioneers of 20th century monumental sculpture and was commissioned for works worldwide, including the United States; Washington D.C., Honolulu, Texas, Minnesota, California and Ohio.  In 1893 he joined  August Rodin as an assistant and became a popular teacher.

This sketch done sitting in the garden, is the second of the day, and is quicker and looser and than the first one I did.  When we arrived to tour the museum we had a beautiful, cool, sunny fall day but a few hours later while sketching in the garden the typical gray skies of Paris took over.  C’est la vie.

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Watercolor Sketch: Hibiscus in France

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Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants from the Mallow family.  There are hundreds of species that grow all over the world in warm or temperate climates.  This sketch was done in my friend Muriel’s garden in the south of France in the Cevennes region.  This mountainous area is west of Nimes. Nimes is a wonderful city to visit, with a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire.  It has one of the best preserved coliseums, from the Roman era still used today for concerts and events.

 

 

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