Today ended up quite busy, so I made a fast and loose doodlewash of one of my favorite treats when visiting Paris – saucisson sec. Last night we went with our friend to one of my favorite restaurants, Le 14 Juillet, and had an amazing meal that started with this wonderful treat. I’m determined to sketch something other than food while I’m here, but since food is my favorite part of visiting Paris, I need to get it out of my system. Saucisson sec is a type of dried cured sausage that originated in France and it’s difficult to find the exact equivalent in the states. That said, I ended up finding it extremely difficult to sketch, while moving so quickly that I’m not sure if it actually looks like meat or something else entirely. The cutlery looks rather knife and forkish so I guess that’s good at least.

Today, I bought a little black metal tin of 12 Sennelier pans while visiting Couleurs Du Quai on the Seine, but they look like little candies and I wanted to break them in when I had more time to use them properly. The store was so cool and felt like visiting an antique book store more than an art supply store.

There were also a couple sketchbooks I’ve not found in the states, so I bought a small spiral sketchbook filled with Arches watercolor paper as well as a little deck of Arches postcards. The latter, of course, is intended for use here so I can actually mail them to friends, but like all good intentions we’ll see if that’s how things actually play out.

Tonight was spent with our dear friend and one of the earliest guest doodlewashers, Sandrine, so it was a lovely end to a rather perfect day. It’s a blast to live here for a moment, relaxing, shopping and having friends round. Each day we go to the grocery and get that day’s food and, of course, a fresh baguette for the morning. It’s nearly time for bed, and I’m making my doodlewash and writing these words while Philippe is watching television. Currently in the background, I can hear Homer Simpson rambling on about something in French so everything seems rather perfect, if not a little absurd. A travel memory that feels less like travel and more like we’ve just given our regular life a little change of scenery. And that’s probably what I love most of all.

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 Day 24 #WorldWatercolorGroup Le Bon Saucisson Sec Cutlery Paris
Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

49 replies on “Le Bon Saucisson

  1. Definitely meaty and definitely knife and fork-ish (yay for both)! And what a charming shop, full of temptations. It must have been hard not to spend even more in there!

    Homer en français is fun. I often watch episodes with French or German audio because it’s like a completely different programme!

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  2. fun fun fun! glad you’re having a great time in Paris- food, friends, art shops🙂 oh, did I forget that one thing… oh yes. A nice glass of wine….. there. perfect!! keep sending us your stories Charlie !

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    1. Yeah… I’m still have a lot of restraint when it comes to art supplies. Lol I like certain things and that’s what I tend to stick with. I am, however, on the hunt for a new awesome sketchbook. We’ll see what happens. But sounds like you definitely need to get to Paris SOON, Michael! 😃

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  3. The saucisson is difficult to paint I can understand with those mixture inside!
    The knife and fork are looking even more shimmery then you always do, ready for eating very good; did you use the new Senneliers?
    A bit feeling like home sounds very good for me on your stay in Paris.
    Keep it that way Charlie, wish you another great day!

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    1. Thanks so much, Margriet! 😃💕 Glad you’re enjoying these posts… I have to admit that it’s rather different to try to post remotely as this is the first big trip I’ve taken since I started painting last year! I just used the new Sennelier paints today! Posting the result tonight!


  4. So beautiful painting of desirable meat. We like so much saucisson sec !! Red label of course !! My daughter is crazy about it and as she lives in Montreal for a while, I HAVE to send her saucisson sec with anything I send her in a correct packaging. Once, she returned in Canada with one in her luggage and the custom office take it (but could not eat it, the had to throw it out,!! Shame on them !) She cried !!
    Sennelier is a very nice art shop. But it’s really difficult to move as their is so much things here and there ;)) No space free ! Nice Weekend Charlie !

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurence! 😃 Oh no!! That’s horrible that they stole her saucisson sec!! I think I would probably cry too! And yes… it’s a super small shop, but thankfully not many people there at the time. It was Sunday today, so everything is closed, but wanting to check out Adam tomorrow!


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