Thursday, November 16, 2006

Paris Studio

My Beautiful Paris Studio - watercolor on paper, 12" x 15" 
Toni said...Those macaron's look so good. Looking forward to seeing more of your Paris watercolors. So I thought I'd show you my Paris hotel l'atelier (studio).
My bed/work table again.
Eurobrat and Naturegirl said...You slept on the floor? That's dedication to your art. Yes, I sleep on the floor since I wrecked my back day-trading = now no back problems. Plus I get more space to dry damp watercolors.
Anonymous said...Beautiful paintings. Technical question: Do you photograph your still lifes and then paint them or are you painting them directly from life? I do both. I shoot the still lifes to capture the changing light.Then I do thumbnail pencil value studies to figure out the composition. I use photography because my subjects don't always hang around very long - I tend to eat them.
A closeup of my Paris worktable. The time says 5:55 AM. I'm a "lark". I get up at 4:30 AM wherever I am. I've no choice in the matter but it's a good time to paint before I run out and start the day.
I picked Hotel La Louisiane because of this photo of their well-lite bathroom. My teacher, David Dewey recommended painting in the hotel bathroom, especially at night.
I used this well-lite bathroom to setup and shoot my still lives.
Kris said-Thanks for the glimpse of the glass teapot. So voilà the glass teapot. The pomagranate is from the Marché de Buci next door.
Café Mondrian on the corner of rue de Seine always has a welcoming still life set up and ready to paint. I'd shoot it as I passed by but never sat down for a proper petit déjeuner.
Too busy running


  1. I love the way your objets become one with the light behind them.

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your working methods.

    -- Vicki in Michigan

  2. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Merci pour le coup d'oeil: two teapots in one shot. You are une fée.

  3. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Yr version of the hotel bathroom looks much more interesting.
    And all those goodies waiting their turns!
    I hope we'll get to see more results..

  4. Ah, thank you for answering my technical question. Now I will try another one. On a partially finished piece you had in one of the photos, you had washed on all the warm colors, with some value, but obviously the cooler colors would provide a darker set of values. Do you always start you paintings this way? I do admire the soft "glow" you have created in your work.
    I adore the bathroom shots. I drove my son crazy when he was young by doing things like that. I think he still believes his artist mother to be well south of normal.

  5. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I believe that you make a coloured feast out of every place you visit. Thanks for taking us along!

  6. This is extremly cool! I love the hotel studio set up...including the bathroom light booth. Your paintings are wonderful. And I always love seeing what other people use for thier work. After all we all know its the tools that make the artist! (Don't I wish!!haha)

  7. I love the combination of blue and pink for the tablesetting- it reminds me of India.

    I should add that I often sleep in the kitchen when guests are over (tiny apt!)- I just can't imagine doing it regularly :)

  8. Anonymous12:45 PM

    Carol, what a wonderful place to do art.Youre painting travel pallet where did you get this? When doing th tea cups do you paint in the cup and add the tea color? So many questions but I just like the way you paint>

  9. Anonymous1:03 PM

    This is marvelous! seeing how you work out of your Hotel room - so inspiring... What a bathroom! its even bigger than ours here at home, and thats in a Hotel? Love the still-lifes you set up. I once sent my parents a spectacular French Flower bouquet when they had their 35 wedding anniversary in Paris. Their was no room to put it, due to size (of bouquet and room) so they put it in the bidet, and their my Mum painted it! LOL

  10. Hi Joy The Hôtel la Louisiane's rooms are quite simple, from the 20's. Sartre stayed in rm #10 and Simone a few doors down. No TV, but free computers downstairs and smack in the heart of the left bank, so very convenient.

    eurobrat that blue cup is pretty isn't it..maybe I'll get around to painting it. That was my intent :)

    Why is it so much easier to set up a studio and get painting away from home.. Less stuff I guess to contend with.

  11. That is a large hotel bathroom!

    So pristine! I think it would clear the mind and foster creativity.

    It is all so exquisite here.

  12. Watch the tray, there's a leak
    Nevermind, thanks for the peek

  13. Ive just discovered your blog! wonderful watercolours and gorgeous photos!!

  14. Stop the presses! I can hear all those art book publishers and magazine editors now.You have set a new standard for studio design. Not only is a north window a must, but an east facing commode and tub are essential for the artist who wants it all. I'm drawing up plans now .

  15. ***An Important Note here
    The photo of the big gorgeous sale de bain with the giant tub.
    This IS NOT MY bathroom.
    That was on the hotel's website as a sample bathroom. I had a shower so small that if I dropped anything (and there was NO place to put yr soap, shampoo etc so invarible you dropped stuff) well if you attempted to pick up the dropped item you would surely be catapaulted out onto the street through the French windows..still the light was very good.
    I just needed to make that crystal clear to one and all :)

  16. Beautiful Beautiful Blog! I do so love anything to do with Paris, so of course I had to click on your link. Congrats on making it to blogs of note. May I put a link to your blog on my blog, please?

    Thank you,

  17. I want to visit the cafe, now. Lovely site and art.

  18. I used to get up at that time too... to do pilates. :o)

    My bathroom in Paris is tiny too, and the glass shelf had a lean on it so nothing stayed on was all I could do to turn around.. but I loved it :o/

  19. Carol,
    Thanks for sharing this interesting post about the technical side of your beautiful watercolours.
    You chose a fabulous place for your Hotel,près de tout(du Flore,Deux Margots,des galleries d'art de la rue Bonaparte..cést fantastique).
    Maybe it´s an stupid question..but:what kind of water did you use in Paris for your watercolours?From the tap?I ask you that ´cause some waters have mineral residous that maybe could change the colours(as Paris water has cupper ones)Do you take special care of these things(as you take it searching comfortable places for you to paint)?
    When another of your grey searchings...but this time about NY greys-more metalic than the Paris ones,I think-??;)

  20. ~**~Thank you~**~ for this intimate look at your studio away from home! The bathroom I would just live in there!!Oh dear but NOT while I have {{{migraine}}}..too bright!!I really enjoyed this post!:)

  21. Anonymous12:23 PM

    I enjoyed this blog a lot,Carol, and had to smile, because being on the road all the time, I totally agree that the lighting in the hotel bathrooms is the best! I had discovered that quickly on my own, and found David Dewey's advice to be right on. I have his book, and love his work.

  22. Hey Carol, love the Paris hotel room studio tour. And the explanation of how you paint. Now I don't feel so bad about doing the same thing.

  23. Anonymous1:38 PM

    So that's why you always email me early in the New York early morning! I'm so envious of true larks. What time do you go to sleep at night?

  24. Hey Maitress
    Normally I go to sleep at 11pm, but lately I'm back on Paris time falling into bed at 9-10pm :(
    And waking up at 3-4AM!!
    UGH being a lark is not so fun.
    I think I'd rather be a lark in Paris :)


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