Here is another sketch from the Musee Guimet in Paris. I love using charcoal pencils for these sketches. It’s so responsive to the paper that I can barely put any pressure on them and get some really interesting sketch marks. I have been planning on doing a painting of these girls, but I’m not quite sure want I want to do yet. Still percolating in my brain.
Here is another quick sketch from the Musee Guimet in Paris. When I lived in Paris, I became a member so that I could go any time to do quick sketches of all the wonderful Asian artifacts there to keep up my drawing practice. If you are in Paris, I would recommend a visit. It’s a beautiful museum in the 16th, never really super crowded like the popular museums. There is a nice cafe on the lower level for lunch and an annex to to the museum down the street which houses more artifacts and a Japanese Tea Garden where sometimes they do Tea Ceremony. This was a real respite for me when I needed a peaceful moment to escape the hustle and bustle. If you live in Paris, I would highly recommend seeing some of the music and dance performances from Asian cultures from all over the world in their wonderful theatre space!
For all of my Paris friends, this is a wonderful event that takes place every spring in the Marais. Around 100 artisans will be exhibiting, hand made jewelry, clothing, purses, and all kinds of accessories. All are very unique and one of a kind. I have collected several pieces from a wonderful jewelry artist, Wathiny, who participates in this event every year. For more information on her work, Wathiny Bijoux, www.wathiny.com
Even before I lived in Hong Kong, I’ve had for quite some time, an affinity for Asian cultures. I love the food, art, and many of the customs. One of my favorite museums in Paris is the Musee Guimet. It is the largest collection of Asian art and artifacts in Europe. I didn’t live too far from there, just a couple of Metro stops. I became a member so that I could go and sketch as often as I wanted to. It was a nice way to spend a cold winter’s day!