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.
30” x 22.5,” (76 cm x 57 cm)
Framed Size 42.75" x 34.75"
This is the second painting in a series of temple pieces inspired by a Chinese Lion statue I saw on my many visits to the Pak Tai Temple in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.
As I mentioned in my blog before, one of my favorite places to visit and sketch is the Pak Tai Temple in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong. A few of my smaller sketches have inspired larger paintings. This pencil sketch is one of them. The day I did this one was particularly memorable for me. Our time in Hong Kong was winding down and I knew I would be leaving soon. This visit, I knew would be my last while we were living there. I did a pencil sketch of this guardian lion statue and before I could apply anywatercolor the keeper of the temple came up to me and we started chatting.
We talked for over an hour about a variety of things. He was kind enough to write the name of the temple in modern and ancient script in my sketch book, next to the sketch plus a faint impression of the actual temple chop.
While I painted the larger painting of this statue it invoked so many wonderful and memorable memories of my visits there.
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.