Thursday, July 20, 2023

Drawing your cake thumbnails

 

So at last we’re drawing CAKE🤸‍♂️ in Thumbnail class👍👏 🍾 

Finally something I can sink my teeth 🦷 into 😂

Happy, happy happy ☺️


The pastries 
in the UK...are a bit triste 

I know David Leibovitz recently said Paris pastries are highly colorful..

as he showed one of his Summer fruit galettes

Yesterday I went looking just to be sure at Patisserie Michalak

Yep he’s right 👍

But I love em. I ran 🏃‍♂️ out & got FOUR pastries at Boulanger de La Tour.

First the thumbnail drawings ✏️…

Then thumbnail watercolors…which I should do more often…really fun.

Et voilà 

Oh and the tartelette au Citron sitting in the vitrine

Meanwhile I’m thinking how can I go more Morandi watercolors, with less line and more minimal bla bla

Not to forget the lush, creamy Paris-Brest sitting in the window

It lost height by the time it got home. They swore the box was tall enough - it was not. Plus the pastry needs to be stuck on to the cardboard base with sugar syrup - they were not. They went slip, sliding around.

The next morning…forget about it 😂 
Paris-Brests don’t have a long shelf life…

At La Grand Colbert the poor staff, end of service, must be stuffing themselves 
every night 😊👏👏

I ended up

Painting the Paris-Brests in the window.

I found out today (thank you Instagram) how to eat Paris-Brest.
1. Remove the ‘hat’
            2. Slice down through the cream
I have been doing it all wrong. I must rectify the situation👍

Plus for thumbnail class we were supposed to do 3 pastry views - overhead, sideways & cut-away.

Maybe I should I do a Paris-Brest map this month? 🤔


Plus the Tour de France 🇫🇷 is going on 🚴!


34 comments:

  1. Linda Karber2:07 AM

    Carol, So beautiful! I could eat the fondant chocolat and its delicate doily right off the paper!

    Thank you for making my evening so delightful, looking at your art!
    Bisous,
    Linda

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    1. Anonymous2:27 AM

      Gosh 😊 Thanks Linda ❤️ much more to come..to complete the post 🙏

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  2. Anonymous4:44 AM

    Yummy!

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  3. The pastries in Paris are delectable! I know you enjoyed your “research” for these thumb nails.I have never eaten a Paris-Brest. Good to know how to cut & eat it properly.🗼❤️

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    1. Anonymous11:29 AM

      I don’t think I have eaten a Paris-Brest either until recently. They ARE delectable indeed 👏 There is Almond Pralinée in the bottom chou = delish.

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  4. Bonnie L6:29 AM

    Only you could have a watercolor instructor who assigns pastries! You were born under a lucky star. Paris pastries are in a world all of their own…and you paint them so well. Plus, we got a ‘how to’ eat a Paris-Brest! 🙏🏻

    We’re faithfully watching the Tour de France live early each morning. It (and the scenery!), has been thrilling. Will be sad when it wraps up in Paris Sunday.

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    1. Anonymous11:25 AM

      Eating the pastries helps with painting them quite a bit 😊

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  5. Anonymous6:42 AM

    I just love your Fondant chocolat painting, Carole! The pastry itself looks fab, but for me it is the colours you used - they are so joyful! The plate is glorious, the spoon amazing. Plus you magically put the gloss on the fondant - how in the world do you do that? What is the very nicely co-ordinating orange "lozenge" in the lower left corner? It adds an unexpected flash of shazam to your painting. -k/maine-usa.

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    1. Anonymous11:11 AM

      The orange logo paper is from the boulangerie - they used to be made of chocolate. Some still do.

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    2. Anonymous5:52 PM

      Oh, man. That's just so French. Such an elegant touch. Not that the customer doesn't pay for it, of course. In the end.

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  6. So entertaining! Love your colorful thumbnail sketches! What delightful research you get to do!

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    1. Anonymous11:10 AM

      The thumbnails are fun aren’t they now that I look at them again

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  7. Paris pastries are so different than what I'm used to here in northern Michigan--donuts and long johns. Lumberjack food! I'm so enjoying your class assignments!

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    1. Anonymous11:09 AM

      Paris pastries are very different than New York as well!
      A very competitive and creative industry!

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  8. What a great project!

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    1. Anonymous11:07 AM

      It has been mostly fun & challenging at times.

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  9. Anonymous11:33 AM

    YES YOUR THUMBNAIL WATERCOLOURS ARE ADORABLE!!! CARLA

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  10. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Love all your drawings , they make me smile with the pleasure of Paris memories
    Antoinette

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  11. Anonymous12:01 PM

    My spoon is too short to get a bite
    Kirk

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    1. Anonymous12:59 PM

      Get a longer spoon 🥄 Kirk !

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  12. Sukicart12:42 PM

    Fun, fun, fun- I think I had as much fun reading this as you did painting and now that I know how to eat a Paris Brest, I can buy one next trip and not offend the pastry gods.

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    1. Anonymous12:55 PM

      Yes - The Pastry Gods will be very pleased 👏
      I definitely did not eat my P-B correctly at LA GRAND COLBERT ☹️
      I feel Deep shame…in retrospect.

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  13. Your watercolors look more delicious than the real things. On 20 July 1969, I, too, was standing in front of a Paris storefront, but not looking at pastries to sketch. It was an appliance store and a crowd of us were watching the TVs in the window to witness the first US astronaut walking on the moon.

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    1. Anonymous12:57 PM

      Ha I was working at Anne Klein choosing button colors & decided this was the wrong thing to be doing at 11 pm at night 👍

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  14. They look good enough to eat!

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    1. Anonymous3:38 AM

      That’s the trouble 😟

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  15. Donna J4:40 PM

    Yes, to a Paris-Brest map!

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    1. Anonymous3:37 AM

      Yay 🤸‍♂️ permission

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  16. Anonymous7:20 PM

    Just give me a simple fruit tart, and I'll be happy.

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  17. Happy you enjoy your class..not always the case..Bravo!!!

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    1. Anonymous9:47 AM

      Online classes have their pluses & minuses, but mainly they get you motivated to do stuff you wouldn’t naturally do 👍😊

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  18. Anonymous5:07 AM

    Your presentation today was delightful. It's always been a favorite of mine in France and to see it here in the Bay Area is a dream come true. Vicki

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  19. Anonymous11:34 PM

    I do love everything you do. Are you giving classes on line!!!

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    1. Anonymous1:09 AM

      Thank you, I wish
      I haven’t a clue how to do that 🤷‍♀️

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