Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

I’ve been painting this in my mind since I saw it in Paris a week or so ago. This woman and her rabbit were on a bridge on the Ile Saint- Louise in Paris. As soon as I saw them, I saw the painting I wanted to make; two forms joined in the great dark that was her skirts, minimal colour, just the large shapes to tell the story.  The rabbit’s leash is some kind of joining piece and  seemed like a life line too, for both of them. This is the first sketch.

Goodbye Paris

figure sketch on the platform at Gare du Nord paris

Figures that E. sketched on the platform at Gare du Nord and finished up on the train along with a portrait sketch. We are now both en route, heading to our respective homes.

portrait sketch

le Jardin des Plantes

jardin des plantes

Friday we took the Bateau Bus to the Jardin des Plantes.  After finishing my sketch I walked over to E. and looked at hers.  I loved it and pulled out my camera to take a photograph of what she was looking at.  But the painting wash’t there.  All of the elements were there -the particular plants shapes, color cues, various figures moving in and out, pathway-but E. had used them as raw material and gauged their scale and position to create a dynamic composition composition .  It was exciting to see. (I was sitting under and to the left of the tree on the right of E’s sketch.  Her sketch is 5″x8″, in a regular, light-weight, moleskine sketchbook.  Mine is 5″x7″ on aqua board.jardin des plantes watercolor