In 2008, a friend and I went to France where I took a zillion photos. Like most of my travel photos pre-ArtWeWonderful days, they sat on my computer gathering virtual dust. About a year ago, I went through all these photos and set aside a large number of them to “one day” turn into drawings.
Well, I got around to turning one of them into a piece for my friend’s birthday in June. And this past week, I turned a second one into another drawing, which I’m calling “The Parisian Affliction of Floral Indecision”.
The memory: I was sitting on top of one of those “Hop-On Hop-Off” buses, snapping away at all the street scenes when the bus stopped at a red light in the beautiful Montparnasse arrondissement of Paris. I stopped snapping and looked down to the street. Here was this amazing flower market on the corner, every type of flower you could imagine. And I saw this woman, standing amongst the endless options, deep in decision-making mode. Oh, such a difficult and wonderful decision to make on this glorious spring day! I wanted to switch places with her! Luckily, I snapped out of my daydream long enough to photograph the moment before the bus pulled away.
I’ve wanted to sketch this memory for several months but I finally set aside some time last week. The detail of the photo intimidated me so I first decided to draw it very loosely. I started in that direction (as you can tell from the wonky awning lettering), but then I got enthralled with all the various shapes and types of flowers and the shadows on the awning. I ended up taking the rest of the drawing in a less loose direction. So like a hybrid flower, I created a hybrid drawing! Ha!
(Permanent Carbon Ink drawing with watercolour on Fabriano Extra White Artistico Watercolour paper)