This is the opening spread from my little leather sketchbook purchased in Florence, Italy. I drew a small image of the Duomo while I was in Florence to mark the occasion and begin sketchbook number thirty. (The small sticker is from Assisi and was the next stop on the trip.)
I always love finding art supply stores in other countries and my recent trip to Paris was no exception. I mostly just look, but sometimes find something really interesting. I found this Pelikano junior pen at Graphi Dessin on 235 bis, rue de Vaugirard - 75015 Paris.
My souvenirs from my time in Florence and Rome include: 1. A stuffed white moose; 2. One small etching by Andrea Ricceri of Florence; 3. One small leather bound sketchbook purchased at Leonardo Leather Works in Florence; 4. One small sketchbook bound with fiber laces purchased at the Colosseum; 5. And one small
Fabriano Book of Days sketchbook purchased at the Fiumicino airport.
This sketchbook spread was done over the course of the past two days. I was inspired by the image on a bulletin I picked up from the Cathédral Notre-Dame in Paris. The words document my memories from the evening that night on January 11, 2009.
This little angel was on a napkin at a little restaurant down the street from our hotel in Paris. I did the sketch while on the overnight train to Florence and embraced the movement of the train by allowing my lines to be loose and scribbly. The other half of the spread documents my journey that day on January 12, 2009.
This was done on January 11, 2009 during the 6:30 Mass at Notre Dame in Paris, France. It is one of my favorite sketches from the trip and represents the opportunity I had while there to just sit and contemplate.
I did these really fast sketches while visiting the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée du Louvre on January 10th and 11th in Paris. The stamps were purchased at the Musée du Louvre post office and the gentleman working there kindly stamped my sketchbook. Awesome!
I arrived in Paris on January 9, 2009 and stayed at the Avenir Hotel, 373, rue de Vaugirard - 75015 Paris.
My journey took me down the street immediately to a pastry shop where I purchased a delicious warm salmon quiche and ate it with a friend. This spread contains a tiny very fast sketch of that little treat and ticket stubs and stickers from the rest of the day.
Top left: subway tickets, Middle left: sightseeing cruise ticket, Top right: Eiffel Tower ticket.