Scott and I do some crazy things in Paris. Life is just so different there, so open to possibilities. I decided one year, that we would take sketch books with us, and draw. Scott really can draw (although he won't admit it) and I can't draw at all. I have always been jealous of my childhood friend Deanne, that can draw ANYTHING. For me it's like singing... I just didn't get the gene... but that certainly doesn't stop me from trying!
So we loaded our sketchbooks in
our bag one day and took off for the metro. Mind you, Scott was not into this idea at all... he just went along with it. We had no idea when or where or if we would draw, we just wanted to be prepared.
We started off here....
we were not impressed.
So of course we ended up here...
where we are always impressed.
First we ate lunch...
As we sat in the courtyard, we wondered why it was so empty. Very few people were milling around. I decided to go underground to the lobby to use the restroom, and when I got to the glass pyramid to take the escalator down... I figured it out. The Louvre was closed that day!
So we decided to sit and sketch, right there in the courtyard. We spent at least 2 hours there...we were so lost in what we were doing. It was so relaxing, it almost put us in a trace. We hardly spoke, we were so involved in what we were doing. I'm am a champion multi-tasker here at home, and I think I miss out on so much, because I'm not paying attention. But in Paris... your senses are so full, so aware... you are just in the moment. I loved that feeling.
Notice Scott chose to draw a lightpost... and me, always over ambitious, decided to draw the entire building! A mistake... once I started, I noticed layers and layers of carvings, kings, queens, objects... it was totally overwhelming.
We have done this in a few areas of Paris since. It's relaxing and fun, and when we look at my sketches, it's usually hilarious. You might as well laugh, instead of cry!!!