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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Inside Versailles' Galerie des Glaces

I'm still going through sketches from this past summer, and I see others are too!

It took weeks to get the letter--special permission to sketch inside the château of Versailles! In late July, I battled the massive crowds and made my way up to...that's right, you guessed it...the Hall of Mirrors...straight to the most difficult but most iconic space to draw.

I showed my letter to the guard, who read it many times and made several phone calls until finally, her boss arrived.  She granted me permission to set up my sketching stool INSIDE the cordoned off area at the end of the hall.  So feeling very self-conscious, I climbed over the barrier, sat down, looked up, and felt totally overwhelmed.

It took a long time to do these sketches, and it was so fatiguing, my brain was mush by the end of the day...but I loved the challenge. There was just so much visual information (very hard to figure out how to edit), not to mention the many hundreds of people passing by my right ear.  Of course I couldn't pull out my paints (can't get watercolor on the silk!), so the sketches were painted later.

Versailles, France. Galerie des Glaces. I was grateful to get special permission to draw inside the château.

Versailles, Galeries des Glaces
Versailles, Galerie des Glace, detail.