At the start of their journey, Bonnard is picked up by a painter friend who has filled his car with painting equipment. Bonnard comes to the car empty-handed, no art supplies. His friend is shocked and asks Bonnard how he will be able to do his work on their trip to marvelous sites for painting. Bonnard responds simply: "Moi, j'observe (Me, I look)."
If it was okay for Bonnard to gather observations that he would later use in his studio, it was okay for me. So, on those rainy cold days, I replaced my Pochade box with paper and pencil and the ipad I looked, drew, and took notes and photographs as we made our way through the city streets, parks, and in museums.
Here are some of the images and notes from my travel journal.
In New York city, I make regular trips to the Union Square Market to find vegetables, fruits, and flowers to put in my still life paintings. That market is a very special part of living in New York and I enjoy the gift of its location right between my home and the painting studio where I work. But no matter how much I love Union Square, it doesn't take my breath away the way Paris food markets do.
And, when I returned to my studio in New York and the one in Pine Plains, I was able to put some of the Paris inspirations to work on canvas. See the fabric, the arabesque in that little dolphin fountain element, the strong color, the patterns, the influence of Cezanne in the arrangement of fruit and clay jar.