I’ve made it to lovely Paris, spent the morning with family and just got home from spending a fabulous evening with a dear friend. Once we arrived at our apartment for the next two weeks, the lovely owner treated us to espresso and a pain au chocolat so I made a quick doodlewash of it to share. What makes it all so remarkable is that I’ve somehow managed to do all of this on just 2 hours of sleep. This is because I find it impossible to sleep on planes and only managed a short nap today. I’ve absolutely no understanding of what time it actually is right now, but am attempting to speed type this before my battery runs out entirely. But as tired as I am, it feels great to be here enjoying a lovely break and getting my first taste of french pastry, while drinking more espresso than I probably should in order to keep moving through it all.
What I love about this trip is that it’s simply a new place to escape and sketch. There are no firm plans and no rush to see anything in particular as I’ve hit the major tourist sites plenty of times. This trip is simply about living in Paris for a bit and enjoying the simple things around me. Sure, I’m definitely going to hit the nearby Sennelier store as soon as I get a chance (tomorrow!), and I packed nearly nothing in anticipation of visiting my favorite clothing store, Jules, so I’ll definitely have to shop there soon to find something to wear. But everything else will just happen as it happens. To me, that’s the best way to spend a little bit of time off. Just letting the next thing you do choose you instead of the other way around.
So this post and future posts while I’m here will show up a bit earlier than usual, but I’m still going to try to make a post each day because I enjoy the challenge. Even though I didn’t have a plan for how things would be had they gone right, I can definitely say that everything so far has been perfect. The weather is lovely and I’m happier than ever. Just one confession, this is actually Philippe’s pastry because there was only one and he loves chocolate more than I do so I chose the plainer version. Sketching someone else’s food is the only way I could possibly do it live as I don’t have the restraint to wait that long when it comes to my own. Philippe’s mother has requested that I speak more French, so for the remainder of my trip the post titles, at least, will be entirely in French. Eventually, I know I’ll learn to speak the language properly, but for now, I’m just happy to be in my other home, having a little taste of pastry.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!