08/06/14 By Olivia Bartz
"I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil."
I can think of no better way to spend your time in Paris than walking around the city with a sketchpad and pencil in hand. From historic museums to street performers, the whole city is teeming with art.
I snapped this photo while walking through Montmartre one afternoon−I was enthralled by this aging Parisian's ability to quickly sketch his subjects with such precision and finesse despite the roaring cafe opposite and continuous foot traffic.
So often in Paris are you simply going about your day when you come across a scene, all of a sudden, that seems worthy of a painting—or at least a quick sketch.
This is a photo I took from the window of the room I stayed in my first two weeks in Paris. Parks and playgrounds are usually such common things but this one—smoothley integrated into city life and prettily decorated with trees and shrubbery—is a good example of an ordinary yet sketch-worthy scene I happened upon in Paris.
Citysketch Paris is a treat for anyone who has been to the city of lights. I enjoyed thumbing through the creative prompts and having my memory sparked by the blurbs and sketches. But it's also a magical experience for anyone who has only dreamed of visiting the city: the interesting facts and beginning sketches prompt you to put your visions of Paris on paper and even look up some new sites you may never have heard of.
My favorite part of the book is that it really does highlight the most wonderful parts of Paris—the Jazz culture, the beautiful parks, the garden statues. With this doodle book, Paris is always in your pocket.
What part of Paris would you like to draw?
Olivia is the Marketing Intern for Quarto Publishing Group USA and is excited to graduate from UC Irvine this June with a B.A. in English. She is happiest when reading a good book or writing about her adventures abroad, and continues to be inspired by all things outdoors. Olivia loves to try out new art mediums and techniques but has yet to be disappointed by a pencil and sketchpad.
I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to BE art.
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