|"Paris Cafe Conversation," graphite & ink, copyright Jill Banks 2013|
Actually, every spot around me is what I'd like to paint. I love life carved out everywhere in the city. There are endless fashionable people and fascinating faces. Sculpture is all around. Buildings are spectacularly ornate. Shops are pretty.
It's cold out. So far there haven't been any temperatures out of the 40s. Not particularly plein air friendly weather.
Day two was spent at the Musee D'Orsay -- a museum that was once a train station. The space was glorious, especially the backlit, monster-sized clock that filled one end of the space to be seen again and again as we toured the museum. We're on an art historical trip led by Robert Liberace ... and our D'Orsay tour focused on the factional duel between the Ecole des Belle Artes crowd (whose sweetheart was Ingres) and the more energetic/pre-Impressionistic style of Delacroix (and Manet).
Hope I have that right.
|Close-Up of Ingres' graphite drawing of Madame Bertrand|
Next up were two Jacopo Pontormo (Florence, 1494 - 1557) drawings. Pontormo is a favorite of Rob's -- who is inspired by the artist's pentimenti (mistakes -- though glorious) lines that show his first guesses to hone in on his drawing. Those extra first lines lend an aura of movement to the figure.
And, then we were treated to Rubens drawings -- the first great colorist and master of three-color chalk. His women weren't concerned about diets or personal trainers. To say the least.
|Fortuny's architectural drawing, my photo distorts it a little.|
My drawing "Paris Cafe Conversation" was drawn today at lunch in a spot close to the Louvre and the afternoon's tour of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Randy and I have managed to pick two very locally-populated spots (last night's dinner and today's lunch). Both meals were great but mainly I loved being crammed in there with the regulars. It sure afforded a good view of close tablemates.
There were a lot more adventures in the day ... but no more time to share them.
Tomorrow holds a visit to Versailles.
And probably some quiche or chocolate mousse.
Events and Exhibits
"Rainy Day in NYC" was chosen as one of 15 finalists in the "You Be the Judge" Online Art Contest #3. You can vote for it: #13 at: http://www.brianneher.com/you_be_the_judge_art_contest_2013_voting_page.aspx to cast your vote ... until March 31, 11:59pm EST. It's easy and free. Enough votes cast and it will be part of the Grand Prize round eligible for over $10,000 in prizes.
Don't miss out. Sign up now for Spring Classes that start April 9 (Still Life in Oils -- but you can work on your own projects from reference materials in this class as well, Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm, $375) and April 10 (Painting the Landscape, Wednesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm, $375 -- full of plein air adventures) offered through the Great Falls School of Art, Great Falls, VA. Go to my web site: www.JillBanks.com, click on Classes for supply list and registration info. You need to be pre-registered for classes -- especially for landscape -- to know where each class will be held. Class size is limited. I hope you can join us!
More events and exhibit info available through my web site.