Print of the Week: Versailles

Versailles

This week’s featured Print of the Week is The Palace of Versailles, located just outside of Paris. Originally constructed as a hunting chateaux for King Louis XIII, his son, Louis XIV expanded and renovated the structure into the grand palace we see today.

My drawing shows the façade of the palace facing the garden. One of the architects, Louis La Vau, enveloped this section with stone to cover the old structure, giving birth to the nickname “Le Vau Envelope”.

Versailles is complete with ornate Baroque detailing typical of the 17th century. The palace includes several buildings and the very formal French gardens. It’s perhaps most famous for the Hall of Mirrors. The palace and the city of Versailles itself are truly breathtaking; if you’re ever in Paris it’s well worth a visit!

The Palace of Versailles print is made from my original pen and ink drawing, and is printed on acid-free, high quality art paper with a matte finish. This fine art print can be purchased in the following sizes: 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, and 13×19.

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PRAY FOR PARIS

Instead of writing about my usual Print of the Week, this week I wanted to take a moment to honor the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. A few days ago Paris was rocked with the worst tragedy France has seen since WWII. The beautiful “City of Light”  filled with all of its elegance, art, and culture was suddenly dark.

Paris is one of my favorite cities and holds a special place in my heart. I studied art there for a time after college and throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to draw and paint many French structures, landmarks, and scenes. In my opinion, the beauty of Paris is unmatched, and as such, is some of my favorite (and most frequent) subject matter.

Yesterday I started to think of ways I could use my artwork to help the victims. A few years ago I did a sketch of the Eiffel Tower for a magazine and thought it would be fitting to use in the composition for my Pray for Paris print. I’ve decided to donate 100% of the profits from the sale of this print to the French Red Cross to aid the victims of the terrorist attacks.

In the midst of great tragedy, art is so much more than a frivolous distraction. It expresses emotion, comforts the soul, and demonstrates that even in the darkest times in life there is still beauty for us to enjoy. I’m reminded of the words of C.S. Lewis where he eloquently compares art to friendship and illustrates its significance saying, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”  Indeed. Appreciation for beauty–for the arts and culture–is just one of the many virtues that adds value to our lives and sets us apart from radical Islamic terrorists whose only goal is to kill and destroy any culture or religion that differs from their own.

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”  -C.S. Lewis

The motto of Paris is Fluctuat nec Mergitur, which means “It is tossed by the waves but does not sink.” What a fitting description for such a resilient people. Paris is still reeling, and while our friends remain in great pain, they will not be defeated. They are as resolute as La Tour Eiffel not to let the terrorists win.

It is my hope that not only will my art be used in some small way to help the victims of this tragedy, but that whenever you look at it, you’ll be reminded to value each day and appreciate the beauty you find in life.

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PRINT OF THE WEEK: Les Petits Gâteaux Bakery

This week’s Print of the Week, Les Petits Gâteaux Bakery, is part of my newest collection of French bakery-inspired prints.

Painted in a loose, informal style with a touch of pen and ink to accentuate the details, the charm and je ne sais quoi of Paris shines through. I used vibrant pops of color to evoke a feeling of light and movement.

Les Petits Gâteaux along with its companion print, French Patisserie may be purchased as a 5×7 or an 8×10.

If you have your own poem or quote that you would like to have made into a print, I can always create a custom piece just for you. I am now taking custom house portrait orders for Christmas. Gift certificates are also available in my shop.

Be sure to check back next week for the new Print of the Week!

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