Sketching with Watercolor at the Medici Fountain in Paris

In Paris past month I did some sketching at just one of my favored places, the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens.

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The statues on the fountain are by Auguste Ottin, and depict the giant cyclops Polyphemus, in bronze, discovering the sea-nymph Acis with her human lover, Galatea, in white marble. In the Greek fantasy, jealous Polyphemus kills Acis, so Galatea transforms her lover into an immortal river spirit.

The fountain and grotto have been made for Marie de’ Medici’s Left Bank palace, produced in the 1620’s. In 1811 the fountain was restored and moved to its existing location, and the statues were added at that time.

I initially discovered the fountain on my significant university journey to France, in 1988. I sat and sketched the sculptures on that trip as properly, in a lengthy-dropped sketchbook sadly. I stop by the fountain each and every time I return to Paris since then.

This is one more watercolor sketch I did last summertime at my kitchen area desk:

Drawing Components
Blackwing drawing pencil
Blackwing very long point sharpener
General’s white chalk pencil
Kneaded eraser
Stillman & Birn Nova Trio Series Toned Softcover Sketchbook

Watercolor Elements
Arches watercolor block
Watercolor palette in brass by TirraLyra

Watercolor tin pans by TirraLyra
Watercolor crimson sable travel brushes by Rosemary Brushes
Collapsible tin water cup by Fulangpa
Guache: Zinc white, Winsor & Newton
Daniel Smith Further Wonderful Watercolor Tube shades:
Uncooked Umber
Indian Yellow
Quinacridone Rose
Cerulean Blue
Chromium Green Oxide