Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Creating the September Paris Letter - Poilâne

 


The monthly Paris Letter art begins with a 3” x 5” idea doodle, usually drawn on the bus or Metro.
I had an old 20’s boulangerie paper scrap cutout. 


I imagined I could create a cut-out stand-up French bakery.Ha!Dream on.

Many ‘punition’/punishment cookies (Poilâne’s signature sand cookie) were eaten to get in the mood.
For research I visited 
Poilâne on rue du Cherche Midi.  
My 1st Paris Map was on this charming street. Have you been?
Tufts of hair hit the floor fast as I looked for my engineer’s hat.
visiting Poilâne is a cosy, warm experience - the smell of sourdough bread and cookies baking.  
While deleting photos I found this French family
 trio.
                                   Something clicked.
No need to wrack my brain creating a cut-and-paste paper invention...
That was before I got out my scissors✂️
The Breakfast Club pigeons are taking baths in plain view. 🙏 Pray for beautiful Napa Valley ❤️

19 comments:

Ga From Dekalb said...

Love to watch how your doodles turn into awesome art for us to enjoy.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thank you
“From little acorns...” ;))

La Table De Nana said...

One of my grandsons made a stunning pop up project with his mom.. it was an oral presentation..Carol..I was floored at how it turned out..not easy! I love this one and have never had a punition cookie..shame on me.

Leslie said...

in 1989 we had an apartment on rue du Dragon, so Poilane, and Cherche du Midi was a focal point of my life. Loved the Cherche du Midi restaurant, and Au Sauvignon, as well as all the shops... SHoe shops!.. along the way. And of course, Deux Magot and Cafe Flore.... my 4 year old was allowed to decide which we went to for le petit dejeuner.... and we would time inger linger before heading for one of the small parks (on the rue du Bac for instance) for play with hot chocolate next door afterwards for elevenses. Poillane has since opened in London, where I have lived for the past 25 years.... with it's own Bar au Cuisine....and I always take the opportunity to buy my favourite cookie.... Thanks for drawing my memories.

Bonnie L said...

Ooohh, Poilane...I can almost smell the wonderful aromas! Is that Apollonia holding their signature loaf?? I’m very thankful that they deliver their yummy-ness to the US until we can return to rue du Cherche Midi.

Love seeing your process for creating your letters. Your little people are adorable. Stay dry! ☔️

Sally said...

I can smell the bread in your drawing. Am watching the French Open as they sweep water and remove tarps. I know the sound of Paris in the rain. Now I am weepy.

Dorrance said...

YAY! You couldn’t resist getting those scissors out...fabulous! Your second career could be as an engineer...you know, in your spare time!

Lara said...

Love your pigeon pics...you have friends for life...comme moi! Stay dry friend

Roberto said...

Another darling Paris Letter, Carol. You bring back so many sweet memories. Punitions are my favorite.

sukicart said...

I love your creative thought process & know the fun when everything clicks into place. Never have a punition cookie so will put it on the list - cookies are my absolute weakness.

Ann P said...

Enjoyed reading about your creative process today. I paint in watercolor myself and know all that needs to come together to produce a desired piece. You are amazing!

KK said...

Love this. Sigh... Poilane and Paris rain; divine.

MH said...

Just picked up PB on this chilly morning. I have to tell you it was a pleasure to get it, and then to see the truly marvelous photo of rooftop pigeons was an exhilaration. Another inspiration for a painting!

Kirrabelle said...

What a tasty looking fish bakery! We are also having rain here in South Australia, thoughts are definitely with the people fighting fires in the US. Thanks for the Paris escape!

Kirrabelle said...

I meant to say ‘cosy’ bakery not ‘fish’ bakery! That’s what I get for writing comments on the phone keyboard.....oops!

Bugs is here said...

I LOVE POP-UPS~ AND THIS ONE IS DIVINE!!
I LOVE THAT YOU INCLUDED THE FAMILY PHOTO WITH TWO LITTLE GIRLS

Caterina B said...

Loved that photo of the papa and his two little daughters! I wish I could see my son with his son and little daughter walking down our hometown street. So much has been lost of life during this awful time. Let's look waaaay forward to next summer. Maybe we will be freer then.
Your pop up scene is darling! You draw so well.

Jeanie said...

I made a pop-up book for Rick one Christmas -- 25 pages of our year's events. I will never, ever do that again. Ever. Not on a bet.

Poilane. That was his favorite spot and one of mine, too. We bought bread and those yummy sand cookies and oh, to die for them. I love this one more dearly than I can say! I may have to review my budget and see if I can start a Paris letter subscription again -- especially if I can get this one!

Bonnie said...

I visited 31 years ago, which seems like a century these days. It is an extraordinary bakery and family business. What a happy memory!