Time went so quickly in that quiet and magical space.
We went to the Antiquities area....and worked in a small anteroom near the Etruscan exhibits. The walls and ceiling of the room were breathtaking....richly decorated with frescoes and golden figures.
Our activity was to examine the golden figures in all their finery and to capture, in watercolour, their golden luminescence...."even an abstract representation could be excellent" my teacher encouraged!!
When you take time to look you realise that gleaming gold is really a combination of shades....rusts, greens, reds, bronzes, whites, yellows and more.
So...these were my attempts at abstract representations....
A couple of days after the workshop I noticed a little exotic Matisse painting at the Musée de l'Orangerie (one of the Odalisque series)....and, in the middle of the canvas, he had painted a golden coffee urn.....needless to say....Matisse had captured that golden gleam beautifully.
|A gleaming Parisian street lamp|
|The Petit Palais....golden decoration everywhere!|
|Golden door of the Petit Palais...and rose detail (below).|
|Pont Alexandre III.....dripping with gold!|
|Isn't she beautiful...standing demurely in the Petit Palais.|
|And another golden experience for me....|
one afternoon, the tip of the Obelisk changed colour...
from Parisian green (late afternoon)
to a gleaming gold (early evening).
I kid you not!
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