October 28, 2007

Sennilier on the Seine & EDM 142 HOT

I never enjoyed the mere Idea of being an 'artist' more than when I visited the Sennilier shop in Paris. This shop is well over 100 years old and primarily the same as it opened. Facing the Seine on quai Voltaire, it was a short walk from our hotel and a definite destination for ME. To think Cezanne, Gauguin, Kandinsky and Picasso among many others shopped the same aisles and climbed the same steep narrow steps to the other floors - - - it is musty and cramped but vibrates with creative energy. Of course I had to buy something (and take a picture!) I had all the supplies I needed but a bright golden "french" yellow leather bound journal set caught my eye - It encased a nice white wc journal and outside a pocket of WC pencils, a small brush and the flap was held closed by a graphite pencil - I will treasure it forever.
Then strolling the Seine viewing the artists at work and their art for sale - ah such an artist's dream. I understand why Paris is for Lovers, lovers of any and everything, as it is so sensual. Inspired by our own Laura from Laruelines and Ronnel from Africantapestry and Casey from rue Manuel bis and Carol of Paris Breakfasts (among others) I headed to my first visit to Paris with such anticipation. With only three days I fell in love with Paris, Including the Patisseries and Macarons which are quite simply - heaven. I had a sketch started - and finished for my travel journal and likewise it fits the EDM challenge HOT #142 (cappuccino)
Originally I had another post planned for #142 Hot - it was an experiment which got away from me ;0 but it was fun and I decided to include it just because - NE color is HOT now.

15 comments:

laureline said...

They just keep getting gloriouser and gloriouser! I can tell you've been bitten hard by the Paris bug! I love your travel sketches, Sandy--they are so alive and just plain fun!

Lynn said...

Sandy, I absolutely love these sketches. The color, the compostion, everything is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them.

Jenny said...

You really enjoyed your trip!

Your leather journal is beautiful and clever. Such a fun, lovely item. You did well in the loot department.

Anna said...

Nice paintings - I especially enjoyed the bottom one with the red foliage and the writing.

E-J said...

The yellow journal looks gorgeous in your sketch! I have visited Paris many times and know the Sennelier shop's fa├žade so well, yet I have never set foot inside.

Linda said...

Sandy -- these sketches are fantastic! The simply burst with color. You guys make me want to go to Paris...
;-)

BMoon said...

Oh Sandy, I've never been to Paris, but the sketches you created make me FEEL it. I've been to England a few times, and now I wish I'd sketched and painted, got some great photos, but....these personal drawings are what keep it alive. Your artwork is fabulous as is your blog. Can't wait to keep coming back to visit.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

I love the top one especially. The yellow journal is just gorgeous. I want one too!

Ella said...

I can tell that you loved Paris. Your sketches are very lively and vibrant. Have fun with your gorgeous leather journal.

Deborah said...

Sandy, Great wonderful sketches. We walked past the Sennilier but not being a pastelist we didn't go in. Now I wish we had. What a great treasure you found.

Nina Johansson said...

I love your sketches from Paris, they are fabulous. I know what you mean about the Sennelier shop, I was there two years ago. It is absolutely the most charming art supply store I´ve ever been to. That, and Cornelissen in London.

Teri C said...

OMG!!!! these sketches get better and better!! So beautiful. And that I also want one of those yellow journals too. What a fabulous time you had in Paree!!

Lin said...

I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying your recent artworks! They're filled with such joy and freshness, Sue!! Those croissants look like I can bite them off the page! Color, line, composition -- you're doing outstanding work!! BRAVA!

Wendy said...

I envy you the Sennnelier shop & also the yellow journal/cover. Enjoying all your sketches & longing to see Rome.

phthaloblu said...

These are all so beautiful. I love the way that croissant looks. That little piece is just gorgeous and needs to be framed an hung on your wall.