One of the things I find problematic while living briefly in Paris is that the city nearly closes entirely on Sunday. To illustrate, we have a loose doodlewash of this shuddered newsstand or en français, kiosque à journaux. Shops are closed and groceries are open for only a brief time in the morning, so if you forget to get something for the evening, which we of course did, you’ll find yourself walking quite a ways to find somewhere to buy that extra bottle of wine you suddenly realized you needed. Thankfully, we found an Asian grocery just down the street with great French wine so all sanity was restored. Even though we paid a “premium,” it’s still ridiculously cheaper than in the States so it’s all rather fabulous. Museums are open, but we weren’t in the mood, so we wandered around, popping into the odd bookstore that decided to let people inside and then walked through un marché d’art, an outdoor art market. Having little to do ended up making for a rather beautiful day.
Another thing to do on Sunday is to visit the various flea markets, marché aux puces, that line the narrow streets. We walked through them, but didn’t find anything we felt we needed to take home with us.
It was like taking a tour of a hundred basements. Interesting things, to be sure, but an array of objects better left to their original owners than taking up space in one’s luggage. We have plans with friends and family again the next few days, but today we were on our own. The jet lag has yet to fully escape us, so it was nice to have a little time to move slowly and do nothing much at all today. And the best thing about Sundays in Paris is that you get a day where you are less likely to spend money, so today was also rather economical.
For this doodlewash, I decided to try out my new Sennelier metal tin of 12 half pan paints. According to the label, this little set is the color palette of the Impressionists so I decided to just go for it, keep things loose, and use them all. So here we have a quick little sketch using all 12 colors that came with this little tin of watercolors. It was fun to dip into the colors without really knowing or understanding how they would mix. This feels very much like my trip. I’ve no clue how to say most things properly, but it’s fun to just try what comes to mind and not worry too much about the result. Sometimes, you just have to go for it and not worry too much about what happens next. Particulary when you find yourself in Paris on a Sunday.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Lemon Yellow, French Vermilion, Alizarin Crimson, Carmine, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Deep, Phthalocyanine Blue, Forest Green, Phthalo. Green Light, Burnt Sienna, Payne’s Grey, Warm Sepia. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.