I had been eyeing the Grand Palais for a whole and wondering how to paint it. The other day coming out of the Musee d'Orsay I spotted the view I wanted from one of the bridges crossing the Seine. Happily it's a pedestrian bridge that even has benches, which is always lovely for street painting.
I also painted the fountain outside St. Sulpice today as we were waiting for the organ music to start. I love the lions.
I also painted during the music, trying out my new waterproof ink.
My friend Caroline arrived yesterday, and we saw St. Chapelle together, which I had been looking forward to, and I sketched with the waterproof ink again while she went through the Concierge.
I didn't sketch in St. Chapelle at all, but it was lovely. Here are a couple of photos.
I loved the floor, too.
I ended the day with a very quick sketch, probably too quick, of Notre Dame. It was shining off in the distance, and this was one instance of just not being able to convert the lightness of the scene before me onto paper. The lovely thing, though, is that evening a sketch doesn't turn out the way I'd hoped, I remember better for having looked at a scene long enough to paint it.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.