Rodin Museum

I saw "Midnight in Paris" last week and though not a Woody Allen fan (or turns out a "Midnight in Paris" fan) I was happy to catch a few glimpses of one of my favorite places in the world, the Rodin Museum! Here are a few drawings from last summer.


Balzac, AKA Mr.Cheerful, incapable of writing a happy ending...


The Hands, soooo sensitive, I couldn't do them justice.


Camille Claudel, Rodin's mistress, muse and fellow sculptor (one of the most depressing stories ever told, if you're interested check out her wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Claudel)


Rodin.

Earth Day again?

Holy crap it has been MONTHS since I've posted on here hasn't it?... I've been busy though, busy neglecting this blog for my foster dog blog (check out the cuteness at http://fosteroni.blogspot.com/ no I cannot walk and chew gum at the same time). So I discovered this morning when the Google home page came up that it was Earth Day (often how I find out it's a holiday thats not Christmas) and decided it felt like a good time to start posting again.

We have done our best to tame nature here on Earth but in few places is this as striking as the gardens of Versailles, controlled beauty and balance! These quickie pencil drawings were done last August on the Dalvero Academy trip to France, we had a day off and I skipped on back to Versailles, and after spending most of the day at La Ferme /brassringstudio/2010/08/la-ferme-sigh.html I wandered back on foot (trams stopped for the day) and I was treated to dusk at Versailles, complete with sunbeams, billowing clouds, the manicured grounds and dynamic sky both benefiting from the contrast! Versailles I love and fear you at the same time.


this was one of the first drawings of the day, the top gardens are so beautiful but so rigid. What a relief to run on back to La Ferme where you could relax!


This must be what heaven looks like.


dark clouds roll in, but luckily no rain.


regarde la panorama (did I get that right? I don't speak French)



what a view... sigh..................


testing the fountains for that nights event! lucky me got to watch the dress rehearsal.

I was tempted to linger till they locked up, you know, accidentally locked in?? a night wandering the Versailles grounds, SUNRISE at Versailles... but no it would have been too spooky and I would have probably gotten in trouble.

Beauty and the Beasties!

Galerie des Chimères! Definitely my favorite part of Notre Dame, sorry Mary and J.C. but I came for the monsters. There is something surreal about covering a church in gargoyles, and when I say covered I mean covered, 5,000 (DANG!) of these thugs adorn Notre Dame, leering and hissing at the faithful, "You go inside and pay attention like a good little sheep so you don't end up in heck with scary hybrid creatures like myself peeling your skin off over a fire pit... hisssss, and remember your 10% tithe...). Gargoyles like most church decoration was used to get religious points across to the illiterate masses, also to disguise waterspouts. These days their main function, to me, is how fun they are to draw, whoever designed/carved them must have had a blast because all they are all so individual (again, 5,000) different faces, some extra scary, some a little goofy, assorted combos of body parts, it's easy to imagine them coming alive and coming for you if you stray to far from the flock...You've been warned.




Best seat in the house!

I've recently returned from a 2 week drawing trip to Paris with the Dalvero Academy and thought I'd post my happiest memory first!

My friend Audrey and I camped out on the sidewalk at the top of the Champs Elysees at around 7:30am and had to sit around waiting till around 3:30pm with no Tour action at all but we did not mind because we had a great view of the gendarmes in their snug pants, tan biceps and guns... at some point they became aware of us drawing and purposely stood in directly in front of us, No problem, I am happy to record the pleasing results of your effort at the gym! It seems they handpick the Gendarmes (French Police) from the soccer field, or perhaps modeling school, choosing only the most attractive to represent Paris on international television during the home stretch of the Tour. They are the opposite of our NYPD, fashionable, fit and with fantastic posture, and have probably never seen a donut in their lives! I apologize for my disloyalty but it's true in many cases, but, as a Frenchmen pointed out later in the week when asked why all their police are so sexy, "they may look good but they are not intimidating, whereas NYPD are scary and will actually deter crime", hard to decide who I would rather have around, I'll say a few of each.

This little drawing is from the final day of the Tour de France during the super corny sponsor "parade" and you'll notice my view was a little obstructed, but I tried my best...


enjoy ladies (and certain gentlemen)! You're welcome.