Monday, January 15, 2018

The Winter Blahs

Yesterday I asked sketcher JANE KLARES FROM THE TRAIN," So when is Noel finished in Paris??
Jane giggled and said,"Ah...La fête continue!"
If you're having the Winter Blahs as M. mentioned in an email, plus sub-zero temps and the flu
Hop on a plane for some Springtime relief like we had yesterday. All Paris was out and about.
True, we're having nightly rains causing la Seine to rise up precipitously. Its raining again today.
But Sunday was glorious.
No problem when Jane asked me to join Urban Sketchers Paris draw at the Petit Palais.
Jane's watercolor of the rotunda.
And my doodle.
Jane's sketch of la Belle Epoch stairway, one of many in the Petit Palais
We sketched outside too. That's Invalides across from Pont Alexandre III
There's a lovely tropical garden inside the Petit Palais just in front of their 'Lenotre' cafe.
I pulled up a chair to draw and was surrounded by fat French sparrows.
I ran inside and grabbed a mini croissant for them to nibble on. They were rather blasé...they must get Lenotre croissants daily. Hmmm...
Today, though the rain has returned I'm trying to capture them in watercolor. How'd I do? A fun way to get rid of the Winter Blahs no?
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Cheers.

22 comments:

  1. Love your sparrows with attitude!!!!!
    Xoxo

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  2. Your birdies are delightful.

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  3. So sweet! Well it's absolutely gorgeous here..but you can get frostbitten as soon as you exit the door..lucky to have a sun filled home♥Sun helps so much here in winter..we have brilliant white snow..Paris looks as glam as always:)

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    1. Paris is glam between bouts of raining cats n dogs!!

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  4. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Utterly delightful!!!
    Cheers, Stephan

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  5. Bonjour ! Je suis Jane from the train, Française avec un prénom anglais. Quelle chance de rencontrer Carol et ses fantastiques dessins et aquarelles, n’est-ce pas ? Nous pouvons maintenant croquer Paris - et ses croissants - à plusieurs ! J’adore le jardin intérieur du Petit Palais et j’ai adoré ces instants partagés, un jour d’hiver ensoleillé, avec des moineaux. Quel bonheur de les retrouver sur ce blog ! Merci Carol. Cuicui Cuicui - en langage d’oiseau ��

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    1. Mille merci JANE! (Une phrase française). !!!

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    2. GOOGLE TRANSLATE:Hello ! I'm Jane from the train, French with english name. How lucky to meet Carol and her fantastic drawings and watercolors, is not it? We can now taste Paris - and its croissants - to many! I love the inner garden of the Petit Palais and I loved these shared moments, a sunny winter day, with sparrows. What a joy to find them on this blog! Thank you Carol. Cuicui Cuicui - in bird language

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  6. Kathy H10:33 AM

    Loved the little birds in the flesh and watercolor!

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  7. Diane P10:35 AM

    Thank you for the lovely shots
    Have you ever thought about getting a little camera stand and setting it up and doing a drawing a day take a picture of what you’re doing and then do a quick little Sketch. I would pay for thst to see that every day

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  8. I just finished a new blog post and I guess it was also about winter blahs! Un jour j'aimerais bien faire la connaissance de Jane et de croquer avec vous deux! Vous avez passé une belle journée! Thank you for sharing it, Carol!! I hate the plane ride, but am trying to motivate to visit Paris one of these days!

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    1. What exactly is required to motivate you?
      You will kick yourself severely for waiting so long once here.
      J'ai te promis!!

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  9. My husband and I just got back from a couple of days in Paris. We had two good days of no rain but it was killer chilly outside! Still, we had a great time, and I love how festive the city looks post-Noel.

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    1. Today the sun came out for 3 hours solid.
      Than the rains came again. But temps are mild.
      That's Paris for ya.
      Unpredictable but always beautiful at night!

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  10. Sweet birds! Cold as all get out here in Michigan -- a greaet time for staying inside and painting. And from where I sit, Noel could continue a long time! Beats cold white winter!

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  11. Jane G1:46 PM

    I can relate.
    I am more rotunda than I used to be.

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  12. If I was in Paris, I would not have the winter blahs. The post today shows me where I would want to be. So I will imagine sitting in a tropical garden with birds. Love the sparrow watercolors. Our sparrows never get plump. Great post - picked me up. Thanks Marilyn

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  13. Blaine4:04 PM

    Loved today’s post you and Jane did over the weekend. Little sparrows so cute! You did great!

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  14. WineWalker4:29 PM

    love the birds/ thank you for the smile

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  15. A bit jealous of the little sparrows and their daily croissant fix! You and Jane have great pictures, thanks for sharing them and your day out sketching in rain free Paris. It’s summer here so no winter blahs, just end of summer holidays blahs this week (back to work next week!)

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    1. Ahhh...Summer holiday blahs..
      I shall dream on 😀

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  16. Anne in Dallas4:49 AM

    Love it!! ���� wish I were right there with the sketch group ����. It's extremely cold in Dallas today, PARIS BREAKFAST is sparking fond memories of my trip, to Paris, last summer with granddaughters! ������. Have a wonderful day!

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