Saturday, December 19, 2009

Versailles


I’m so excited! We’re taking a day trip outside of Paris to go visit the famous palace of Versailles. The palace and the grounds are unbelievable – they say it took 40,000 workers 50 years to convert Louis XIII’x hunting lodge into the palace. 

There is so much to see and explore at Versailles that it was overwhelming for me to pick a single image to remember the day by. I chatted with my mom about my dilemma and she came to my rescue with some of her own travel information. Mom loaned me her travel information from a trip that she and Dad took to Europe in the Fall of 1988. Mom even celebrated her 60th birthday during their trip - that was quite a celebration! The photo that I used for this image was taken by my Dad on that trip. I can just picture Mom and Dad strolling around the gardens – in sheer amazement!! And now, it is extra special for me to be able to share in their experience by painting this simple scene. I can’t wait to share it with Mom!! 


<<< from my continuing adventures in Laure Ferlita's An Imaginary Trip to Paris class >>>

3 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

I am so enjoying this trip with you, Claire! This is just such a happy and carefree sketch. I was largely grabbed by the writing of Versailles across the top of the page...

Margaret Ann said...

Your lettering here is so very "French" in style...Absolutely beautiful and artistic in itself...and your words...so sweet and delightful! Makes me smile really big! :)

Krista Meister said...

I really love how you were able to experience this trip through the eyes of your parents.