Back to the Bois...

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.”
– Henry David Thoreau, 1817 – 1862


©2007 Felice Panagrosso
Oil on Canvas
16 x 24 inches

I painted these trees several years ago in the Bois de Boulogne, and sold the painting to a woman in the park walking her dog. The picture wasn’t finished but when it was I brought it to her apartment, which to my amazement I discovered was filled, floor to ceiling, with 20th century art.

So, during this beautiful fall weather I didn’t walk, but rather rode the 43 bus, 6 or 7 kilometers to return to the Bois de Boulogne.  This 2,090 acre forest, or park, is the second largest in Paris, after the Bois de Vincennes.  It is 2.5 times the area of Central Park in New York.  It contains an amusement park, tennis stadium, a zoo, lakes, running paths and an English garden.  If that’s not enough for you, the Bois de Boulogne is the setting for the new Louis Vuitton Foundation.

With all this going on I found a quiet place to set up and do a sketch, with just some passing joggers as company.

photo in Bois 1 rotated

photo of palette in bois


I don’t know about tramping through deep snow, but I do look forward another visit with the trees.

Hope to see you there.


Painting Safari 2015, Part II



Dear Friends and Family,

While spending more time in France this summer than ever before, yet wanting to travel light when we finally did depart for the US, I decided to explore other painting media.  The sketch above is a watercolor of a café in our neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement…

A sketch in acrylic paint of rue Bruyeres.  I can actually see this street when I lean out of my apartment window.

Here is a photo of my watercolor “setup” at Cape Cod.  Notice I did not forget the sunscreen!


Watercolor sketch of sunset on the Cape…



When all is said and done, oil paint is still my preferred medium. An oil sketch of our backyard in Orange, Connecticut…


I played around with watercolor, oils, acrylic and pen and ink on this accordion sketchbook this summer…


Some of these sketches, drawings and studies will be worked up into complete paintings in the weeks to come, and some won’t, but it was fun exploring.



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