Arles

The drawing above of a field was made in Arles, France. Where Van Gogh lived and worked. I can see why he drew so many of these fields…marks and marks and marks, as far as the eye can see. And so beautiful. What a pleasure to see what he saw. – posted by Veronica

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Chartres Cathedral

The Chartres Cathedral is probably the finest example of French Gothic architecture and said by some to be the most beautiful cathedral in France. Upon a trip to Paris a few years back I had the privilege to visit this sacred destination. I still think about it all the time. It’s unique spacial sensibility was such a […]

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La dame de fer

DID YOU KNOW?….nicknamed “La dame de fer” (the iron lady) when built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World Fair), the Tour Eiffel faced massive opposition from Paris’ artistic and literary elite. The ‘metal asparagus’, as some Parisians snidely called it, was almost torn down in 1909 but was spared because it proved an ideal platform […]

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Parisian memoirs

Picture making 101…lines, marks, texture, emotion and wonder. Could there have been a more beautiful environment available for the Impressionists than the gardens of France? Drawing by Michele, medium: watercolor, pen and ink, water-soluble crayon Location: The Tuileries is Paris’ oldest and most lavish garden. Its royal roots stretch to the 16th century, when Marie de […]

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small Notre Dame

The Tour De France concluded on Sunday in Paris, and as I watched the coverage and the amazing shots of the city, I fell in love with Paris…again. A few of my good friends were there drawing the race and I couldn’t help but think of the time I spent drawing in Paris in 2006. […]

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Versailles Palace

Remembering my last trip to France. The Hall of Mirrors was under construction at the time, but that didn’t prevent it from being magnificent. -Despina In response to the earthquake in Haiti, myself and the other seven illustrators of Studio 1482 have each donated art to raise money on behalf of the victims in an […]

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stReEt cOLor

A few months back I wrote and posted a drawing I did while standing on what’s been called the most expensive strip of real estate in Europe, La plus belle avenue du monde (”The most beautiful avenue in the world”) also known as the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. It got me thinking about […]

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La Madonna

This is one of over a hundred drawings I made in Paris.  I fell in love with Paris.  This drawing in particular was produced inside the Chartres Cathedral.  It caught my absolute attention.  The sculpture  just captures the  perfect picture of what life in the spirit could be.  The Cathedral itself was enormous, I think […]

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