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The Louvre - Paris

Above is a negative of my sketch of The Louvre in Paris.

Heir to the century of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Louvre was quickly accepted as the “museum among museums;” and since then it has remained a model and a recognized authority. Founded in 1793 as a museum for all, it celebrates humanity’s long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, reaches from America to the borders of India and China, and is highlighted by such iconic, universally admired works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Victory of Samothrace.

On a scale unrivaled anywhere in the world, these accumulated riches make the Louvre a focal point for permanent dialogue between past and present, and a place of learning, delight, and discovery for millions of visitors of all backgrounds. Once a home to kings, the Louvre has enduring, intimate links with French history, drawing on the spirit of the Revolution and its notion of perpetual evolution, innovation, influence, and alertness to the new; it has always been, as Emile Zola put it, “at ease with its time.” This endlessly renewed heritage has been maintained by the long succession of those who have sought art out down the ages, defended it, and passed its message on: that community of men and women who have made the Louvre a unique focal point for a host of skills. Vibrantly open to its city and the world, the Louvre continues to fire the imaginations of those who visit and those who work creatively there; its goal is to remain, as Cézanne put it, “the book in which we learn to read” and through which “we can come to understand and love everything.”


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Building in Strasbourg, France

This is a sketch of a building in Strasbourg, France. The city is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and for its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings, particularly in the Petite-France district alongside the Ill and in the streets and squares surrounding the cathedral. Strasbourg is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights and it hosts a seat of the European Parliament

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3.5″ x 5″ Strathmore Sketchbook, ink pens and Sharpies

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Arc de Triomphe (2005) - Paris, France

In the summer months of 2005 the Arc de Triomphe was undergoing a facelift. This is a sketch of that restoration in progress with the scaffolding, staircases, construction barriers, etc. erected to perform the works. I found the juxtaposition noteworthy, memorable, timely, beautiful, and complimentary… the historic and the modern; the old and the new, concrete and steel, heavy and light, opaque and translucent.

My friends and I left the US on the 16th of May and arrived in France (Europe) on the 17th... My diary entry for this day says:

“Left for Paris at 7pm. Arrived in Paris at 1:30am Pacific Time which was 7:30am Paris time. We went to our hotel Movenpick Dream Castle. Then headed out to Paris. We went to the new Arch of Paris. Then walked to Building by Portzamparc, housing, Naterre Park. Saw Eiffel Tower and Arch de Triomphe and Publicis by Saee. Feeling tired. No sleep since Sunday night. Today is Tuesday, technically 1:10pm right now. We are amazed that it has only been one day and not only have we seen so much, but we are tired and it has been only one day. Erlie looks like, “Just kill me!” We are all sleeping like drunkards on the train.”

I remember when we arrived at our hotel, we thought we would have the opportunity to shower, have a rest, eat something, put our luggage in our rooms and head back out, but NO. We checked in, left our luggage at the front desk and headed right out to the great Paris…our professor was sure to use every minute we had to see all we could. We were sooo tired…my eyes were seeing double for a moment. That day was looooooong, and many times I would break out laughing because we looked so sleepy, so tired. You can tell from my continued repetition of how tired we were above. We slept like logs that night.. oh yes! we got in late that night… I think around 9:30/ 10pm…to leave at 6am the following morning.

Read more about the Arc de Triomphe below:

Arc de Triomphe Paris
The Arc de Triomphe Paris, the most monumental of all triumphal arches, was built between 1806 and 1836. Even though there were many modifications from the original plans, reflecting political changes and power struggles, the Arch still retains the essence of the original concept which was a powerful, unified ensemble.
The Arc de Triomphe stands at the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the “Place de l’Étoile”. It’s located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The arches whole decorative style is entirely of the tradition of sculpture from the first half of the nineteenth century.

The triumphal arch is in honor of those who fought for France, in particular, those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Engraved on the inside and at the top of the arch are all of the names of the generals and wars fought. There are inscriptions in the ground underneath the vault of the arch which include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I where  the Memorial Flame burns and have made the Arc de Triomphe Paris a revered patriotic site.

The monument is considered the linchpin of the historic axis (L’Axe historique) — a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which stretches from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace to the outskirts of Paris.


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Architecture Sketch (2005) - Paris, France

I did this sketch of the Louvre Museum in Summer of 2005 during my back-packing adventure through Europe. This was done on my last day in Paris, before returning to the US. On this day, we did whatever we wanted to. I went to the park in front of the Louvre (Jardin des Tuileries). I pulled a chair, sat below a tree, sketched, fell asleep, had a snack, and fell asleep again. Ahhhh.. Like my uncle would say, “It was two-derful!

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Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France (View from my chair)

That evening Paris was alive with music. There were bands playing everywhere, street performances, spectators, the city was ALIVE! This is happiness I thought, and felt. That night my friends and I went to the Eiffel Tower to take in the celebrations there. CRAZY!!! Crazy fun that is! We had a ball. But there were problems with the trains that night… Throngs of people were out in the city, and at the Eiffel Tower…either way, we got stranded. We boarded a train that stopped at a certain point and wasn’t going any further, and everyone had to get out. We walked from wherever that was back to our hotel rooms and crashed. A great end to a great trip!

I had a fantastic day..and the memories always make me smile and long for that adventure again.  I will one day again. Here’s to my EuroTrip Crew (RB, EP, JH, JG, and GM)!

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Academie Nationale de Musique in France

Above is a sketch I did of the Academie Nationale de Musique in Paris, France which I saw during my travels of 2005 in Europe. My cousin lives in London and travels a lot for her job. She went to France for a few days recently and sent photos to me. I felt like I was in her shoes as I went through the images one after the other. I could feel us ooo-ing and aahh-ing at the sights, and it was interesting to see somethings that changed and other things that stayed the same. Then I saw her photo of the Music Academy above! I couldn’t help but laugh! Just the night before I was looking over my pictures of Europe as it conjures up some of the happiest of memories for me, and I spent some extra time looking at the Academy. Europe makes my heart weep a little as I desire so strongly to return; to sketch my way through Europe. The sketch above is dedicated to Adanna for her travels, her love of architecture (though not an architect), and for sending me Moleskines that I received last night!!!!!!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!

Thanks cuz, much love!

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My Moleskines!!!

I am a lover of pens, sketchbooks, stationery, all that stuff…so here’s to the new addition to my family!

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