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6 days in Paris

JULY 2, 2012
Here are sketches from a trip to Paris with my family to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my wife's parents. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to celebrate your anniversary together!
Not long before this trip I had a daydream about what my black and white sketches would look like if I added color to them. I thought that this would be very satisfying to me and take my sketches to a new level. It feels like these Paris sketches are the ones that I imagined in my daydream.
My sketchbook work really rejuvenates me. I wish I could do more work like this, very loose and in the moment, very soul-satisfying. I'm not sure how I can apply this to my assignments, but we'll see...
The Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre.

The Mona Lisa at the Louvre. This is as close as I could get to it.

I used a moleskine watercolor sketchbook for the first time. I liked how easily it fit into my pocket, and how the format of the sketchbook allowed for panoramic views spread across two pages.
View from our apartment at 10PM. It didn't get fully dark until 10:30. We appreciated the tranquility of our neighborhood which was away from the more crowded parts of the city where we spent most of our days.

The weather was beautiful and we spent as much time as we could walking, eating in Parisian cafes, and exploring.
Our children sailing toy boats in the fountain at the Tuilleries gardens.

Garden at the Rodin museum, an oasis of peace and tranquility.

Another view from our apartment.
Fountain near Notre Dame cathedral.

Topical: Travel Sketchbooks