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.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Perylene Maroon, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.