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VOYAGE TO THE STARS

Let me backtrack for a moment…

On my flight to Paris, I was far too excited to sleep. I tried, but I just couldn’t possibly shut my mind off. The plane section was only about half full. Lights off, apart from a few movies flashing by on passenger’s screens. The silence playing with the soft hum of the plane engines.

I was listening to my favorite playlist, specifically this song. I looked outside at the pitch black sky, and all of a sudden I saw the clearest, brightest, and largest Big Dipper I had ever seen. It was like we were floating through outer space just passing through a sea of stars, with the Big Dipper shining brightest. So I stared, with a perfectly accompanying song. The notes on the piano became the sounds of the stars

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PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

  

   Arriving in a city I’ve never been, language unknown; It’s an odd feeling. Somewhere between excited, adventurous, and lonely. I was exhausted and jet lagged having arrived in Paris at 7am from New York City, but I fought through it with wide-eyed excitement to finally have arrived in a city I’ve so longed to explore.

After settling into an artsy Parisian AirBnb loft, I quickly set out to explore the city until my friend, Charlotte, arrived late that evening. I’m not much of an itinerary type when it comes to travel, so I picked the first place I knew I had to see, and I’d let that lead me to something else once I found it.

My first stop couldn’t have been anything other than Sennelier; The infamous art shop on the Left Bank of the River Seine. Past frequents of the shop being Picasso and Cezanne.

Henri Sennelier created the first oil pastels intended for professional artists at the specific request of Picasso in 1948. So now you can see why I had to stop in and see this 127 year old shop… and perhaps find a few things to bring home with me!

After wandering through the city, and getting lost for an hour (I did not have a map, which was a wonderful thing), I finally stumbled upon the shop. The inviting green exterior of the storefront displayed elegant golden letters “SENNELIER” above it’s door. The shop and it’s surroundings were as charming as I had imagined… but the inside was beyond. I pushed the door open, history in mind, and slipped inside the small entrance to a warm wooden interior filled from floor to ceiling with all the colors you could ever imagine.  It was quite busy at the time, two young students filling their art class supply list with the help of the staff, and an older man sorting through brushes to decide which he preferred.

Art shops are magical places. They, for one, are filled with the ingredients to visualize your greatest imaginations! I would much rather pour my money into art supplies than anything else… because if there’s something you can’t afford in the world, you can always draw it – it gives a sort of satisfaction! Secondly, art shops are filled with wonderful people. My mind always wonders what each customer is going home to create… it’s fun to dream up stories about people in art shops. My favorites are the older customers. I can only hope I’ll still be painting (and able to) when I reach an old age, because I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Paris, to be continued…

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TRAVELING ARTIST

They say, “Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer”, and I full heartedly believe that. Travel does something to you that no book or movie could truly let you feel. The scents of different cities, it’s one of the most wonderful things. Like the warm scents of fresh pastries and cafe au laits that fill the glowing streets of Paris on a Sunday morning. The scents of sea life accompanied by the sounds of rushed buyers in the Tokyo Tsukiji fish market, or the eerie silence just outside of Santa Fe, with an occasional howling from coyotes in the dark of the night…

Traveling inspires me. It’s inevitable. You place yourself in a new part of the world, and your mind opens up without the slightest effort. You see things you’ve only read about, dreamt about, heard about! It all becomes real before your eyes, and it’s difficult to describe what a sensation that is… it’s pure inspiration, pure magic.

I like to carry art supplies with me to capture my travels, and to quickly document new ideas and inspirations. I remember sitting in an apartment I rented with a friend in Paris, and looking out the window to see someone cleaning in the apartment across the way. They hung a colorful diamond patterned rug out of the window, and I just thought it was so strikingly beautiful against the pale stucco building. So I captured it in my sketchbook.

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When I travel, I try my best to travel light. I like to be able to throw my painting supplies and sketchbook in my bag and not think twice about it. My absolute favorite travel accessory is my Escoda brush. It transforms from a small protective casing, to a full size brush. Take a look through my guide for the traveling artist here.

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Paris Sketchbook

The Eiffel Flower…

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It’s true, Paris is MAGIC.

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Dancing Dreams

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The plane is dark. Only the faint sounds of two French passengers chatting, in what sounds like a very deep conversation (but what do I know, I don’t speak French!). It’s 9:34PM in NYC, it’s 3:35AM in Paris. I should sleep. The problem is, every time I pull my sleeping mask over my eyes, my mind suddenly begins to choreograph a shadow dancer within the darkness. A soft white dancer… with a warm glow just around her. As soon as I see her, my mind suddenly awakes, trying to capture her every movement. It’s wonderful.
In just under four hours, I will arrive in Paris. Paris has always been a dream to me, a mystical place filled with all of the light in the world… They say it has enough magic to inspire just about anyone who’s lucky enough to step onto it’s picturesque streets!
I’m not sure why I’ve never been to Paris in all of my travels, but I believe that certain moments happen when they do for good reason. Perhaps I’ll appreciate it much more than I would’ve when I was younger.
Only time will tell…
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