I’m in design and sketch mode right now on a commission, which I can’t share yet. So I thought I would share more sketches today from the Guimet Musée, in Paris. I miss this place!! This page shows sketches of statues from Vietnam, Tibet, and a Noh mask from Japan.
We have had a lot of gloomy and rainy weather since Monday. It’s making me nostalgic for Paris, so today I’m sharing a page from my Musee Guimet sketchbook.
The museum is in the 16th on Place d’Ieana and has the largest collection of Asian art in Europe. This place was my sanctuary on those cold gray days, when I was getting stir crazy in the apartment but by no means wanted to spend any time outside! I would pass the whole day sketching in the museum.
This sheet is a montage of different pieces on display there.
Here is another sketch from the Musee Guimet in Paris. I love using charcoal pencils for these sketches. It's so responsive to the paper that I can barely put any pressure on them and get some really interesting sketch marks. I have been planning on doing a painting of these girls, but I'm not quite sure want I want to do yet. Still percolating in my brain.
Here is another quick sketch from the Musee Guimet in Paris. When I lived in Paris, I became a member so that I could go any time to do quick sketches of all the wonderful Asian artifacts there to keep up my drawing practice. If you are in Paris, I would recommend a visit. It’s a beautiful museum in the 16th, never really super crowded like the popular museums. There is a nice cafe on the lower level for lunch and an annex to to the museum down the street which houses more artifacts and a Japanese Tea Garden where sometimes they do Tea Ceremony. This was a real respite for me when I needed a peaceful moment to escape the hustle and bustle. If you live in Paris, I would highly recommend seeing some of the music and dance performances from Asian cultures from all over the world in their wonderful theatre space!
Even before I lived in Hong Kong, I've had for quite some time, an affinity for Asian cultures. I love the food, art, and many of the customs. One of my favorite museums in Paris is the Musee Guimet. It is the largest collection of Asian art and artifacts in Europe. I didn't live too far from there, just a couple of Metro stops. I became a member so that I could go and sketch as often as I wanted to. It was a nice way to spend a cold winter's day!