Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Utter simplicity and wonderful negative and positive shapes here... I bought this facsimile ages ago.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
- You have 5-6 lines to create the essential patterns of a glass.
- Leave open areas..paint the light.
- The negative shapes hold everything together like a glove.
- Your reflections always want to reflect the outward shapes and the inside pattern.
- Change the character of the edges as you paint your shapes.
- Where are your patterns? Do they they touch, butt, overlap or form new shapes? I think I took more notes than painted...
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Sunday, October 22, 2006
A traditional gift for any French celebration: weddings, babtisms, anniversaries and of course Mother's Day. Dragée originated in Verdun in the Lorraine and goes back to the time of Louis XIV. Made first as a sort of drug by apothecaries, their purpose was to purify the breath and facilitate digestion.
While in Bayonne I spotted this huge poster outside one of the best chocolate shops, Daranatz, demonstrating the process. Always in France great attention to detail.
Pretty cornets full of dragée in a Paris vitrine/window.
Les Bonbons in the 6th arrondissement had jars and jars of them as does Au Bonbon du Palais.
In Sarah Turnbull's, Almost French, you step into her shoes and live her life with a French boyfriend in Paris. A vibrant, young Australian journalist, Turnbull makes all the faux pas of any foreigner adjusting to France. On one occasion her Frenchman sends her out to get dragée for a celebration. She brings home the wrong color and a great fuss is made. Attention to detail is key in France.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Elegant, gracious and stylish, the great lady reveals her distinction facially. The aesthetic is one of dignified composure. Close range colors in these facades impart a sense of unity, rather than commercial competition (like New York). Restraint and refinement is the urban message. Par hasard /by chance I passed this art student sketching in the Jardins du Luxembourg. Tout en gris. Note how GREEN the greens look surrounded by all that gris (grey).
King of Paris pastry, Pierre Hermé uses pearl grey for his pretty boxes. THE COLOR OF CITIES is a fav book of mine because it explains why we love Paris, Rome, Venice, or any extraordinary city. For reasons usually never considered like longitude, angles of light, shadow shapes. Paris' low-contrast light is softer, more atmospheric, more moody and best for still life painting. Thanks to overcast grey skies.
a tout à l'heure These grey cheeses are aged in charcoal. They look a bit like corrugated cardboard left in a cellar. But on a tartine (slice) of fresh baguette..YUMLook in any Parisien shop window. Close range colors make for harmony, balance, calm. My friend, Christiane, is outfitted in her crazy, grey LILITH jacket. Can you get more French than this? Note the little touch of red at the neck.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The owner was cranky. Was he going to let me buy one flower? When I heard the price for a bud, I hesitated..
M. said, Oh you didn't go in there? Trop cher (too expensive!)
But that one bud stayed with me for 2 weeks. Opening a little more each day, quite happy to try different poses and very pleased to sit beside Paris' best desserts.
There's something about a peony...The Last Flowers of Manet (Abradale Books)
Manet was smitten with peonies and painted them over and over, all colors. During the last 3 years of his life, while gravely ill, he painted on a smaller scale. Friends would bring the convalescing artist bouquets of flowers. Those flower paintings are some of his most poignant, most evocative, most intimate.Did that cranky florist whisper sweet nothings to his flowers when no one was around?
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Steve of Puhiava's Sketch Journal said...Carol, what is currently on your palette? ...if you could let us know what you're using it would be appreciated.
I put my colors out according to the color wheel. They're just your standard colors: Cad red, Cad yellow, Cad orange, French blue, Pthalo, Cerulean blue etc + a bunch of earth colors. Most are Winsor & Newton paints.
My paintbox on the other hand is more eclectic, more experimental. These pans I've made myself, so I'm not limited to any manufacturer's color chart and I can choose from 100's of pigment colors.
Remember the sugar cube post from last week? And remember my search for the Deux Magots ashtray-paint pan? These souvenirs hang out on my drawing table as friendly reminders of Paris adventures. Maryann gave me the white Fauchon paté container...
Since I was a kid I've always hung my walls with inspirational pictures, every inch of it. I love the simplicity of Japanese woodblock prints...
More wall stuff here. The paper placemat of the water glasses I nicked from café Luco last May :)
Toni of A Spattering said..No don't straighten the studio! I want to see how you work and work in progress in the studio. Not a problem on this one. I'm a sloppy painter. I constantly lose stuff right under my nose -- important bits of paper, brushes, you name it.
7 Reece Mews: Francis Bacon's Studio
The all time master slob painter was Francis Bacon. He did paint tests on his own door for God's sake!? 7 Reece Mews, is a book on his messy studio. It records the efforts conservateurs made to catalogue and preserve his hellhole of a studio, every scrap of it, over 7,000 items. I'd go here anyday before the Eiffel Tower. I especially like this notation,
"1,300 leaves torn from books"...
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
BTW this is not a painting of a cup of tea and a flower. This is an homage to a Paris monument, the monument of a Mariage Freres black tea tin...
Corey said... ParisBreakfasts, you could paint anything and I would love it! But since you ask... how about the Eiffel Tower?
Non, no, niete, nada, niente, JAMAIS!
This is not what I meant at all! Have you ever seen a monument painting here at PB? Unless you call a painting of macaron a Paris monument and I do.
HELLO? This Tour Eiffel du chocolat is as close as I come to the real one. And I've complained way too many times what a bitch it is to paint chocolate..
I usually have to paint something over and over until I get it :(
Ilva of Lucullian Delights said...paint Cheese please!
At first I agreed, but after thinking a bit, NO, sorry, not possible. Aside from the adorable sheep parked on this chunk of Reblochon.. Most cheese looks like corrugated cardboard that has been sitting in a cellar somewhere. The colors are not pretty nor is the surface texture and forget about the smell. Sorry Ilva
Now this I could go for. The chien in the chic red collar was guarding his café like Cerberus at the gates of Hell -- the first Parisien I saw after landing last May. I Ihave lots of doggie pictures :) 3rd try at the Mariage Freres monument..not there yet.
Some other suggestions that came in:
cityfarmer said...My heart beats a little faster at the photos of doorways and the architecture of doors in Paris. I wouldn't mind seeing a watercolor off your brush depicting beautiful entrances!!! Nope, I don't do windows and I don't do doorways. Désolé.
Shannon said... I'm wondering if you can paint people...a person you saw in Paris as best as you can from memory. Uh huh. No more figures if I can help it and I don't do "memory" either. I'm smitten with coffee cups.
And Lin said...Do you do landscapes? I will if I'm in Tuscany..meanwhile I'm hungup on painting café table top landscapes, preferably in Paris..
Another request - Let me know if you have any special, favorite Paris addresses you'd like me to visit NEXT WEEK(!), since next Tuesday I'll actually be there, not just dreaming about it...