Some months the Paris Sketch letter ideas come easy, almost effortless. July's cherry airmail letter art was inspired by a paper napkin I found on rue I'Ile St.-Louis.
Artwork by Henri AvelotThis month the creative juices were struggling.
365 Creative Dresses said in response to my moaning,
"That's very interesting to hear about the sketches. I assume since you are really an artist it just sort of flows out of the brush with nary a thought".
Ha. If only it were so.
Here's a peek at the mad pursuit of the creative process:
I started imagining tomatoes as a sea of air balloons floating over Paris. I watched a lot of NM balloon festival videos to get into the spirit.
Vivian Swift reminded me I needed to do a 'Juliette' balcony like shown in her book, Le Road Trip.
I went to Marché President Wilson to take photos of famed vegetable marchand Joel Thibaut. I knew I wanted him in the watercolor.
First sketches. So many elements to figure out...
Of course I went overboard with too many tomato balloons.
Back to the drawing board for another re-do. August's sketch letter finally came together with just the right amount of tomato balloons...I think.
If you want to see the finished artwork please visit Etsy.
Or wait for yours to arrive in the mail. Meanwhile my local post office are hanging the letters on the wall. Who wouldn't be tickled pink? I hope to paper the post office walls with Paris sketch letters!