Monday, April 23, 2012

Paris Sketchbook

As I count down the days to Paris (one week to go!) I'm starting to mentally pack - trying to edit my closet to the few perfect pieces I can stuff into one suitcase.

What I know I'll be traveling with is my field box of watercolors and a sketchbook.


When I first began traveling to Paris, it was to paint, and I always had a few days alone at the end of the trip, which meant plenty of time to fill sketchbooks with memories of days at the Rodin Museum or the Luxembourg gardens. My more recent visits have been less solitary, without many chances to pull out the paints and start sketching -- the little scribbles here date back over a decade.




I'm hoping that Mr. H. will humor me with a few idle hours to paint on this adventure because I find that by taking the time to capture something in a sketchbook, I'm able to remember the place and the moment so much more vividly.


Like this September afternoon in the Jardins du Luxembourg. The chairs seemed to be busy trading gossip and the shadows were fleeting as the sun dashed in and out of clouds. A lovely young Frenchman put down his copy of Anna Karenina long enough to ask me to coffee, and that was the end of sketching that day.




So many years have past, and so much in my life has changed. But those September 1999 Paris days are still alive in the pages of my sketchbook.

How do you create memories of your travels and adventures? 

15 comments:

  1. Your little watercolours are totally charming, such a beautiful way to capture the moment. It's cold in Paris at the moment, so pack some warm clothes!

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  2. You have such a wonderful talent, I just love seeing more and more of your work, keep it coming!! How wonderful that you are off to Paris next week...lucky you! And to go in April is a dream, the very first time I went was in April and I was walking on a cloud the entire time...perfection!!
    I so hope you get to capture all that gorgeous Parisian beauty with some more sketch time while you are there.....such beautiful inspiration. Excited for you....

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  3. What gorgeous images and an amazing way to keep your memories alive. Now if only I could paint...

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  4. I am happy for you, Jeannie, and hope that you have a wonderful time in Paris. ENjoy every minute and paint each day.
    Have a wonderful Tuesday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. I am happy for you, Jeannie, and hope that you have a wonderful time in Paris. ENjoy every minute and paint each day.
    Have a wonderful Tuesday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  6. It is an amazing feeling to make a memory into a solid, tangible thing and even better to be able to communicate your experience with others, exactly as you have done here with these lovely, personal drawings. When I was writing more professionally, I would try to do the same with words and even on my blog the best compliment I can get is when someone writes that they felt that they had been there.
    Gros bisous. I know you must be excited!

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  7. you are so incredibly talented! What a beautiful and unique way to keep memories!

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  8. No boring snapshots for you talented Jeanne! This series is so charming. I hope you can create a few more watercolors during/after your trip. Bundle up. Watched the French news last night and everyone looked like they were COLD! ;-) Please give a hug to Paris for me. I will follow in your foot steps shortly. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  9. Jeanne I hope your new adventure from work includes your "little scribbles" because I want one! You're very talented.

    XX
    Debra~

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  10. during my last trip, I too dreamed of plein air painting...only managed a "doodle" in the Luxembourg gardens. Your sketchbook is a treasure, thank you for sharing it. Can't wait for your Paris posts

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  11. You are truly talented and I am so happy to see your works of art and sketchbook Jeannie!Have a fabulous trip!

    I am featuring Anita Rivera, Designer and Paper Artist with Castles Crowns & Cottages on my site!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  12. How wonderful. I too find that a sketchbook and a few hours time to get lost are pure joy! I also carry small cards to jot down notes and sketch little things.....my father-in-law taught me that. I think a camera is great but there is nothing like capturing it straight from one's eyes.
    pve

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  13. Please tell me that when you return from Paris your new venture will involve selling some of your incredible creations?!!?? I remember the chairs in Luxembourg making a big impression too - although I am not talented enough to capture them like you do! That is so funny - if I remember right one of my trips to Paris was also in September of '99! Can't wait to hear all about it when you return.

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  14. Jeanne,
    What I would give for your drawing skills!!!

    Having been in those very places, I have to smile with recollection and the knowledge of where you were painting before I saw it in print.

    I am sooooo excited for you to revisit Paris. I feel like you're bringing us all along!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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