3820. White Sky of Paris- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

n. 3820, White Sky of Paris , mixed media on Bristol, aprox 10x15cm

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Why the White Sky of Paris? Here’s the story.

When I had an atelier in Ivry-sur-Seine, back in 2007, there was artist named George who had an atelier next to mine in the . He was quite a peice of work, if you know what I mean. Talk about OCDC. The setting was an artists dream la Fabrique des Artistes. It was a bit bohemian for my taste with holes in the walls that let in the winter fog, but it had its good points like instead of sweeping all you had to do was whitewash the floor once a month. It wasn’t cheap either.

Anyway about George, that’s not his real name. He had ideas about things that were down right weird. One day we were talking about the white sky of Paris. The uncanny color it is and he told me that he added quinachridone and phtalo green to zinc white to get this unique sky color. I was like WTF, who would ever make such an awful mix. Then I rushed to try it and to my amazement it worked.

I wrote a novel called White Sky of Paris. It’s sitting on my shelf right in front of my eyes. No one else has ever seen it. George is part of the story.

1902. Monceau Fleurs- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

n. 1902, Monceau Fleurs , mixed media on archival Arches, aprox 10x15cm

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This is water color and ink on Arches. I like how the ink bleeds into the color. It wasn’t a mistake.

Monceau Fleurs are all over Paris, in some prime spots. Check out their website Monceau Fleurs Paris. This one is near gare du l’Est. I drew it in the rain last year when I was waiting for my kid during her dance lesson.

1945. Boulangerie rue des Ternes- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

n. 1945, Boulangerie Rue des Ternes , mixed media on archival Arches, aprox 10x15cm

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The boulangerie is the French tradition, pain raisins, pain chocolats, quiches. Each one has its speciality. This one is well stocked. They have a door in and a door out.

1944. Parisian Façades- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

n. 1944, Parisian Façades , mixed media on archival Arches, aprox 10x15cm

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The grandeur of Paris. Haussman widened the streets and built up high, installed elevators but he had a bigger plan. Widening the streets was to give the miliatry easy access.

3720. Crèpeman on Mouffetard- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

N. 3720, Crèpeman on Mouffetard , mixed media on archival Arches, aprox 10x15cm

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The Crèpeman is a super hero saving starving school children whose stomachs rumble at 4PM when the school bell rings. The crèpeman is wonder man, the school kids save him with thei growling guts because the tourists didn’t come to Mouffetard in 2020.

These are the crepe cookers at the new Confisserie de Mouffetard.

36. Kiosk au Jardin du Luxembourg- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

original illustration of Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris
original illustration of Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris
N. 3620, Kiosk au Jardin de Luxembourg, marker on bristol, 10x15cm

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It was a nice surprise to find the gardens open. I thought everything would be closed like when they closed all the gardens during the first Covid Confinement in the spring.

The Kiosk was open.

If you follow me on instagram you know I painted this a few days ago. It’s for sale.

34. Masked on the Metro- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

a pen and ink illustration of a PArisian
a pen and ink illustration of a PArisian
– 34 Une Fille sur la Métro : mixed media on paper : 15×20 cm:

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Riding the metro in Paris is like lying down under a gong during the light wave. The Metro nada is a screeching metallic grating dissonance that leaves you dishevelled.

33. Deux filles sur le Metro- an illustration a day from Paris, France –

a pen and ink illustration of Parisians on the Metro
a pen and ink illustration of Parisians on the Metro
– 33. Deux Filles sur la Métro : mixed media on paper : 15×20 cm:

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Riding the metro in Paris is like lying down under an out of tune gong during the tsunami. The Metro nada is a screeching metallic grating dissonance that leaves you dishevelled. Everyone comes out like they’ve been through a car wash. No wonder everyone wears head phones.