Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Creating the Eiffel Tower cat letter


Imagine strawberry 🍓balloons floating around the Eiffel tower…even though Bonnie said,”Strawberries are so over” at least in VT…



It all  started with a chocolate bar I bought in La Grande Epicerie..(a great source of inspiration for me and for extra calories). 

Then Imagine Monet figures picnicking on the ground under the Eiffel Tower. 

Then I switched to Paris rooftops

Why not use the view out my window? But move in closer… 

Have Parisians celebrating Bastille Day, hanging out their windows. 

Think Hitchcock’s Rear Window

There must be Parisian cats

I looked at a lot of cat pictures. 

I drew a lot of Paris cats. I even thought of going to the cat cafe..should I go?

I went out looking at Parisian balcons. 

I drew cats sitting on balconies, in windows to get warmed up. Why not just show cats and forget the Parisians? 

I checked out George Herriman’s Krazy Kat for more inspiration. 

Monday morning I woke up, got out of bed and knew I Must put Cats front and center in the picture.The Cats stay in the picture!

On a side note, the pandemic turned some of us ‘dog people’ into ‘Cat People’. Silly cat videos saved many a day for me. How about you? Thank you Cat Navi Desk ❤️🐈‍⬛

But what to put in the sky around the Eiffel Tower? How to draw✏️ fire works? 

Again Google saved the day again/comme d’habitude🎉  It was ‘a long and winding road’ from  chocolate bar🍫 to floating strawberries 🍓 to cats 🐈‍⬛ to get the letter art to the finish line but I did it. Hip hip Hooray🤸‍♂️👏 🥂 🍾 
🇫🇷Bonne Fete Nationale 14 Juillet dear PBers 🇫🇷 

       The new Paris letter is up on Etsy waiting for you

                 🇫🇷 🎉 🍓 ❤️ X X X ❤️ 🍓 🎉 🇫🇷


  1. That was quite an artistic journey Carol. The end result was so worth it! Can't wail to find it in my mailbox.Do have a grand Bastille Day!

  2. Marsi M10:26 AM

    Carol, do you have the original watercolors of Parisian kitties available for sale?

  3. What a fantastic post!!!! I admire your originality!

  4. Cats, rooftops and the tower, what could be a better combo? Love following your process -- fascinating and loads of fun!

  5. Jane G.11:40 AM

    Voila! CATS RULE!

  6. How fun to follow your process - from strawberries to cats is quite the leap. love the final outcome.

  7. Anonymous6:33 PM

    Bonne Fete Nationale!!!🇫🇷🗼🇫🇷🗼🇫🇷

  8. I like the idea of the strawberry balloons. Just turn them upside down and add green stems for ribbons.

  9. That is a good idea Kim! I will be consulting you next letter 💌

  10. Lois Flowers9:56 PM

    Love your Cat focus !!!

  11. Carol, I love the way you allow your imagination to run wild. I love your drawings

  12. My goodness, if I had your view out of my window I would never leave my apartment! Gorgeous. Strawberries may be passé but cherries are still in season. 😉

    Whatever your process, you pull together amazingly creative maps and letters every month. Love your July Paris Letter! ❤️

  13. Bonnie, it is hard to go outside some days. 97 degree yesterday & I did not make it outside. Fortunately I bought plenty of cherries 🍒 and bubbly water the day before..
    The view out my window is as tempting as any boulangerie vitrine 🥐🥐🥐

    Marsi M I put up some CAT WATERCOLORS on Etsy 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛

    The creative process can be painful but ridiculously funny when looking back what I put myself through.
    Pleas of SOS go out far and wide…

  14. Joyeux 14 Juillet Carol! I love the celebrating cats. Hope you can have the day off!

  15. That first balcony looks like the one that was featured for sale on L'Agence :)

  16. Latest letter is a superb creation!!

  17. Anonymous7:44 PM

    The cats and rooftops made me think of Cary Grant as John Robie aka “the Cat” in another great Hitchcock movie, “To Catch a Thief!”

  18. Merci Carol, this is so kind of you to feature me on your beautifull blog. I feel very blessed ! Your 14 Juillet cats are absolutly darling... all your tiny details are fantastics

  19. I really enjoyed making those labels and notebook for you ;)

  20. Anonymous9:28 AM

    I haven’t received your letter for months… glad to have it again. Thanks… so enjoy your drawings and adventures.


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