June 2 - 16
2 week Artist Residency at Break'Art Mix
I had the unique pleasure of being an artist in residence this June in Paris. My project included sketching at the museums, life drawing at the historic Grande Chaumiere, and creating several studies in clay working with live models.
Paris is a city of incredible history and was home to many of my favorite sculptors through the 18th and 19th centuries. To walk the quiet street of Camille Claudel's studio, to sit with Maillol on the lawn of the Tuileries, to study Rodin's exquisite experiments in plaster and in the same day visit Houdon's masterful portraits with their eyes sparkling through terracotta... it is a feeling of knowing oneself through their hands.
A sculptor's spirit is always alive in Paris.
Working on a mini portrait from imagination
Portrait study from life in clay
Finished piece after 2 hours with the model
Soaking up the sun in Luxembourg Gardens
At the end of the 2 weeks, we hosted a small exhibition of the work created. Drawings and sculptures are my own, and photographs are Simon DesRochers, who was also in residency.
Many thanks to the lovely hosts of the Break'Art Mix Residency!
Beautiful space in Paris near the Seine
Figure study in clay created in residency
Finished portrait study in clay
Selection of sketches from museums and life drawing
With sculptor Edith Lafay and her husband Jacques
Lovely to meet new faces in Paris
all photographs courtesy of Simon DesRochers