I have had the wonderful opportunity to live in Paris on three separate occasions and have traveled there a number of times. A great advantage to living there is to visitmy favorite museums on many occasions. I loved running intothe Musée D’Orsay just to study and focus on one particular artist or area. I could really savor the moments there and not feel rushed as if it may be my last visit ever or for a long time.
Another place I visited on multiple occasions is Claude Monet’s home in Giverny. This place is so magical to me. It constantly changes andis never the same on each visit. I have been there in every season, except winter, when it’s closed. One fall day in October, it might as well have been winter, I froze my keister. However even in the coldwith the garden declining it’s wonderful.
This sketch was done in the spring. I took a dear artist friend visiting from Indiana there and we toured the gardens and sketched. Every time I look at this sketch I think of her and the fond memories of her visit. That’s what I love about sketching. For me it captures way more of a feeling of the time and place then a photo ever could.