Last year we escaped to Paris for January to miss some of our winter weather here in Montana. The weather in Paris was unusually mild, allowing me to do a little sketching. This winter has been cold both here in Montana and in Paris, but the memory of last year lingers. I ran across this sketch done from our apartment window of the backside of some St. Germain apartments near the intersection of St. Germain and Rue du Bac.
The sunlit tower of the Missoula County Courthouse caught my eye today as I was walking down Broadway, enjoying the unusually warm Montana winter afternoon! The clock tower atop the neoclassical sandstone block building has clocks on all four sides. Within the tower is a two-ton bell that rings on the half hour and the hour, also helping to attract the attention of this happy flaneur!
The Missoula County Courthouse, designed by A.J. Gibson, was constructed between 1908 and 1910 and occupies an entire city block. It contains eight (8) murals by Edgar Samuel Paxson.. The murals, depicting early Montana history, were completed in 1914 and installed in the grand foyer.
Though I live in Montana, we have a daughter in Seattle whom we visit fairly often. One of my favorite places in Seattle is Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood. It is difficult to believe that such a small "town" and rural setting exists so close to the urban center! Walking through the park to the shoreline and on to the lighthouse is a delight. I tried to capture and express that delight in the sketch above.
I have created this blog in order to share my art with friends and fellow artists who seem to enjoy my paintings and sketches and have expressed interest in following my progress with this new retirement hobby! The painting below is one I did from a motel window overlooking the town of Vers sur la Lot, France.