Hotel de Sully, Appartement de la Duchesse, January Paris letter
If one is going to eat scallops for 5 days straight (after my haul at the Fete de St.-Jacques on Sunday) one is going to paint them. The watercolors are up on Etsy.
Here's an easy trick to painting beautiful scallop shells. A shell is required. Simply trace around the edge with a pencil and voila! You've got the basic shape down on your paper. Then color in.
The scallop shell adorns 17th and 18th centure architecture like mad. And rightly so. Its the perfect filler for a triangular shape like here.
Or on top of a portrait and gold-leafed = perfection and elegance.
Last Sunday I did the 90-minute tour (10€ in French only) of the apartment of la Duchesse Charlotte, Hotel de Sully. 62, rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 in the Marais. If you've gotten out at metro St.Paul you've passed Hotel de Sully and forgot to notice. Next time do enter the courtyard and walk through to Place de Vosges.
First we got an introductory historical background in the conference room.
My French not being up to snuff...I drew out the window...just like in grade school :)
On to la Duchesse Charlotte's boudoir.
I was dying to give her mattress a good squeeze...
Too many mornings I tear out to the post office with barely a glance in the mirror. Now if I had this dressing table...
La Duchesse was a mad collector of Chinoiserie.
Naturally I found lurking behind the Chinese vases the perfect golden scallop to paint. I was longing to move them a bit for a better view, but thought better of it.
Looki out the windows in the apartment - a divine view of the gardens. Place des Vosges is just beyond.
Downstairs in the Hotel de Sully bookshop I bought a nice English guide to catch up on all I'd missed.
The January Shakespeare and Co. Paris painted letter went this Monday!
Hi I'm Carol Gillott,
My Mom taught me watercolors at 5 and I'm still at it. Now I live on l'Ile Saint-Louis by the Seine. Do consider subscribing to my Paris letters and maps on Etsy. Enjoy a taste of Paris in your mailbox every month. Savor with hot chocolate and a croissant. I paint Paris dreams.