I've had two half working days the last two days. Yesterday I headed downtown and painted at the Louvre in a sunshiny morning. I did a black and white sketch of the same view my first day here and decided I really wanted to do a watercolor as well.
Then I spent most if the day in the Musee d'Orsay. I really loved three of the Van Goghs they have there. His work affects me at a more emotional level than about anyone else's.
It was too crowded to sketch in his room, bit I did do this small one of a Cezanne self portrait.
Today my friend Caroline was flying in to join me, so I wanted to stay closer to home. I started with the bi-weekly market and did a watercolor as well as some shopping.
After dropping my shopping I still had time to do another view, one I had spotted last week and wanted to make it back for.
I didn't have time to do another full sketch, but after sitting and enjoying the sun a little (it's been a rarish commodity lately), I did try one more fast one.
I brought waterproof ink to try and treated myself to a new fountain pen the other day. They have very good and very reasonable ones here. I am enjoying the ink was but would also like to use ink with watercolor.
I did a very quick one just to see. I think it's going to be fun to play with.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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