04 August 2010

Unleashing the artist within

Paris was so beautiful that we feel compelled to share a few more photos (you can see all of them on Photobucket). Quite frequently, we were surprised and captivated by unexpected moments of beauty, for in Paris, even ordinary things are somehow more lovely than they might be anywhere else. For example...

neighborhood parish churches,




kids playing football,



typical apartment buildings,





and the Town Hall (for the 5th arrondisement).


Others...





For MUCH more on the everyday beauty in Paris, you absolutely must subscribe to Paris Breakfasts, authored by Carol Gillott, who shares her often humorous and always delicious perspective on life as an American artist in Paris.

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Sometime last year we discovered FotoSketcher, a neat little piece of freeware designed by an art-loving programmer (who, coincidentally, happens to be French); and with all the fab pictures from our trip, we've had some fun the past few days transforming some of our favorite photographs into our very own works of art! Below you will see our original photos, each of which is followed by its FotoSketcher rendition in various "media" (see captions).

The rose window on the west fa├žade of Notre Dame...

...as a black and white pencil sketch

The Orangerie garden at Versailles...

...in oil pastel

Nathan sees the Eiffel Tower up close for the first time...
...as an oil painting

A side street leading to the Champ de Mars...
...imagined in pen and ink

A little balcony on a residential street...

...in watercolor

A high-flying ride at the Tuillerie Gardens...

...vividly recreated with colored dots

Relaxing in our suite...
...is better in oil painting

Looking toward Monmartre from the north bell tower of Notre Dame...

...realized in pen and ink

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