Fearless Friday, French Shoppe urban sketching

Let’s take a trip to Paris today for a little urban sketching

Urban sketching is the act of drawing what you see around you,

houses, buildings, cityscapes

typically done in a fast, loose manner with ink

and then brought to life with watercolor

Unfortunately I was not on the streets of Paris when I drew this,

but sitting in my studio only dreaming and sketching from a photo

I started with a very rough pencil sketch just to establish the main lines

Please keep in mind this is just a fast a loose technique

and my lines tend to be a little wonky…

no fuss or rulers involved

It looks pretty bad at this point but continue on,

with color and details magic can happen!

I have no idea what Laduree means,

I looked it up on several French translation sites

and in a French English dictionary but no results

The flowers and greenery are painted with watercolor

in loose squiggly strokes

A yellow wash to brighten the interior

and a gold marker for the lettering and awning trim

Pale blue for the shop and light pink for the walls

Darks add depth

Ink lines and squiggles highlight the foliage

Nothing fancy, just a fun 30 minutes with a pen and watercolor

One of my favorite urban sketchers is Charlie Breen

His lines are wonky too 😊

Try some urban sketching and

Be Fearless!

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28 Responses to “Fearless Friday, French Shoppe urban sketching”
  1. Sara says:

    Lovely work as always. I am currently taking painting classes and envy your talent and skill. Wikipedia offers the info below on Laduree. They appear to be international now.

    Pâtisserie E. Ladurée, commonly known as Ladurée (French pronunciation: ​[la.dy.ʁe]), is a French manufacturer and retailer of high-end pastries and candy, which was established in 1862. It is one of the world’s best-known sellers of the double-decker macaron, 15,000 of which are sold every day. The company is a société par actions simplifiée (simplified joint stock corporation) and has its head office in Marcq-en-Barœul, France.[2][3]

    • Well, wow, thank you so much and thank you for the info! I hope you are enjoying your painting classes, art is like any other skill, practice, practice, practice 🙂

  2. This is wonderful! I love Lauduree and I love your sketch just as much! Today is gloomy out — a good day to paint inside! Happy weekend!

  3. Karen says:

    You said magic can happen, that is if you are “magically talented”. 😊 They are so cute and you make it looks so easy.

  4. This brought back memories of eating at Laduree in NYC! You have such a flair for painting – love it!

  5. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful sketch! This brought back memories. I have been to the Ladurée Bakery in London. They are quite famous for their amazing macarons! How beautiful this would be in a kitchen that has a French flair.
    What a lovely painting! Happy Friday!

  6. Jenna, I love your watercolor of Laduree! I have been to the one in NYC and the macarons are beyond fabulous. You can order them by mail. To think you did this is 30 minutes is totally amazing! Happy weekend and be careful in the high winds tomorrow!

    • Thank you Pam, I wish I had known Laduree was a famous patisserie, I would have put macarons in the window instead of bottles! I thought it was perhaps some kind of fancy perfumery! How lovely to have been there. I am on the coast this week with the Spring Breakers, I hope the wind isn’t too bad up there…

  7. lghiggins says:

    Laduree, double-decker macarons, Charlie Breen, and urban sketching! I learned so much today from your fun post!

  8. Sarah says:

    Jenna, Ladurée is a favorite teatime retreat for me when I do visit Paris. There are numerous locations, and each one unique unto itself. Oh, how I miss Paris! Thank you for giving me a little touch of Paris in this post. Your art is delightful as always. I so admire your talent!

    • Thanks so much Sarah, I am so glad to know what Laduree is, and how wonderful that you have been to their shoppes! I have only traveled all over the US and to Canada and Mexico.

  9. This sketch would look SO GREAT on cocktail napkins!!!!!!! 30 minutes with pen and watercolor is a smash hit!!!!!!!

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    So enjoyable watching this little shoppe come together Jenna. I think it is darling!

  11. Mary says:

    Love seeing your art come to life Jenna! I prefer your loose, fast style and wonky lines. 🙂 ♥

  12. Jill Kuhn says:

    Beautifully done Jenna!! Wow! 🌸

  13. anartfulmom says:

    This is so pretty, Jenna! Way back in the day, I used to sit outside and draw buildings, trees, etc. I haven’t done that in a long time. Thank you for the inspiration! Thanks for sharing it with us at TFT. 🙂

  14. Beautiful as always! Laduree is the name of the business. Oh my I knew this one straight away! It is a fancy and well known shop, the shop name is the owners name. xo

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