“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
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.
I don’t know about tramping through deep snow, but I do look forward another visit with the trees.
Hope to see you there.