Let me tell you - as soon as you get out a paintbrush in public in Paris you become a major spectacle, 95% of which are wide-eyed children, trying to get their parents to stop and let them watch for a little. Precious.
This painting is a little silly and I have to admit I'm self conscious of it. It was so out of control, so childish, so... pink. But I was so lost in the moment when I was painting them, that the outcome didn't matter.
The Louvre was open until 10 PM tonight - so I took myself on a date to spend an evening with all my favorite paintings. I had butterflies.
This will be the first of many trips to the Louvre, so I spent most of the time with the Dutch and French painting wings, intending to visit others later. The paintings that impacted me are too many to list here, but below are some highlights. (excuse the glare - taken with my iPhone). There are two rooms full of expansive Nicolas Poussin paintings and countless Rubens' and a few little Vermeer gems.
I finished off the night with an evening snack at 'Les Deux Magots', the historic cafe where Earnest Hemingway and Ezra Pound and many other literary figures hung out. Of course, it is overpriced and very "old money" now, but it was fun to imagine being there amidst "The Lost Generation" in the 1920's.
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