July 25, 2018
Cimetière du Père Lachaisse is a half hour walk from my lodging. In previous years I forgot about the cemetery until it was too late to visit it. Fortunately, I’m here for another week, giving me time to return and sketch patterns of tombstones, monuments and mini chapels. The rusted iron and metalwork on the chapel doors provide infinite possibilities for Dala Art. Stone carvings and statues challenge me to paint directly in watercolor in a more realistic manner capturing the form by playing with simple warm and cool strokes of light and dark values.
I had hoped to keep this sketch purely direct watercolor, inspired by last months’ 30 x 30 challenge of Marc Taro Holmes. Unfortunately, it was difficult to capture the delicate features of the faces. The paper in my sketchbook soon became damaged by my blotting with a paper towel and scrubbing out what I didn’t like with my brush. Frustrated, I went back in with a pencil.
Blotted out faces
The cemetery is peaceful, quiet and uncrowded in spite of all the famous people who have been buried here. I began my visit by paying respect to the burial site of Jim Morrison of The Doors. The album, Waiting for the Sun (1968), was the only LP I brought with me when I moved to Germany in 1969 to be a scullery maid in a ski resort in Obertsdorf.
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