Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sacred Heart

Another view of the Sacred Heart in Paris....  also known as La Basilique du Sacre-Coeur.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Another view of the Arc de Triomphe

I've enjoyed sketching the Arc de Triomphe several times before... Recently I decided to sketch it again... but this time I decided to do something a little different after I found an interesting photo using GoogleMaps
Google Maps reference photo:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Afternoon Coffee at the Corner Cafe

I'm dreaming of Paris again.... do you want to join me for a cup of coffee in this cute corner Cafe? 

Friday, April 9, 2010

I remember hearing about the Moulin Rouge

There it is - the famed Moulin Rouge. It opened way back in 1889 and is best known for the CanCan with the fancy costumes. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Coffee Shop Pleasures

A while back I was reading an entry on my oldest son's blog and it instantly made think that his reflection would make a memorable journal page. I printed out his blog entry and put it in my folder of items to paint "someday".  Today was my first Easter that I was unable to celebrate with any of my 3 boys and I missed them all. It is sad how their time at home passes so quickly. Tonight I remembered Ryan's blog entry in my folder of painting ideas, and decided to paint it as a way to add some more 'family' to my day. 

Although I've never visited "Coffee Waves" I have heard lots about it from my son. It sounds so unique and it looks like I will get to visit it before the month is out -- when I visit my son in Texas for his "Winging".  I hope this journal page will be a special keepsake for him to remember this special place in Texas as he moves back to Florida for more flight training.  

P.S. "Coffee Waves" is in Corpus Christi, Texas and all of the written prose in the journal page (except for leftmost margin) is taken directly from my son's blog.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kids can be a challenge ....

I'll bet that something came to mind other than a sunset... Let me explain... my kids periodically challenge me to paint something like a sunset or artwork for a beer label. Most recently, my son Sean left me another teasing phone message about a beautiful sunset in San Luis Obispo. I have painted a couple of these before (see one and two). I find it's an interesting exercise to paint a scene just from some words without any visual reference -- good practice. I have fun transcribing the phone message onto my journal page with my painted image to capture more of the memory. 

Thanks Sean for the latest challenge!!!