What a day and what an experience thus far. I took my first trip into Paris with my program director; We traveled from Vernon to Gare Saint Lazare, which was another favorite spot of Monet. Our journey was to purchase supplies from the original Magasin Sennelier from 1887. I was mainly seeking a roll of oil ground canvas and was being shown a sample book with various surfaces; the gentleman helping me spoke English and was very kind; unbeknownst to me.. I was speaking with a legend because it was Monsieur Sennelier himself (the grandson of the original founder).
The entire store was beyond amazing and I could write an entire post about it. Everything was done with care and personal attention. I had quite a shopping list so we were busy while we were there. All the products are the highest quality and it makes me so happy that a place like this exists. I was also being helped by M. Sennelier's daughter who will follow him as 4th generation owner. The journey to bring back the materials involved carrying my roll (over 2 meters long) through Paris back to the station - the last picture below shows my canvas roll stored by the bike rack on the train back to Vernon. I felt like a true artist, bringing my canvas roll and supplies back to Monet's estate
Lastly, I'm sharing some photos of the delicious food that I've been enjoying. I know I've only been his since Saturday, but it's been absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to start painting tomorrow!