Day 281: Something Beautiful—From the Door of the Sacre Coeur

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Paris. Day 3 in Paris was an experiment in public transportation and a test of Parisian hospitality.  The destination was Montmartre, encountering street artists, the Sacre Coeur, and Moulin Rouge. I’ll save the travel commentary for a different post and share for now that the trip “up the hill” included nice bus drivers, a visit to a resale shop, and lunch on an off the path side street cafe in a soft drizzle—the quintessential Paris experience. I had planned to draw or paint at the Sacre Coeur and was disappointed when it was a flat out rain by the time we

North side of Sacre Ceour where I found a sketch shelter.

North side of Sacre Ceour where I found a sketch shelter.

My orange umbrella and sketch haven in the north doorway of the Sacre Ceour.

My orange umbrella and sketch haven in the north doorway of the Sacre Ceour.

reached the summit. The view was interesting, if not stellar. Absolute in my resolve not to let the weather deter my plan to draw, I found a sheltered doorway in the north side of the basillica. Then sat and sketched the buildings next door that I have not been able to identify but suspect are associated with the church. Another uncommon view from a famous image. Not well known, but beautiful.

What I saw from the door of the Sacre Ceour.

What I saw from the door of the Sacre Ceour.

My feet as I sketched from the Sacre Ceour north door.

My feet as I sketched from the Sacre Ceour north door.

sacre coeur drawing & inspiration

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 281: Something Beautiful—From the Door of the Sacre Coeur

  1. ephiker says:

    Donna, I’m currently reading a book “Birger Sandzen on art, music and transcendence” and Montmartre is mentioned in the book, it’s very appropriate reading to go along with your current blogs.

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