Because I want to keep a real trace of the things I create, such as photos, videos, cakes, lists of things I like, I thought I’d create a special page for each of them. No matter if I already posted them somewhere else, on Instagram for example. So I’m sorry if you’ve seen this already. I promise I will publish fresh things too :)
A few day ago, I had just finished editing the hundreds of photos taken while having fun at the Paris Excursion with @megan_morton and I thought I’d do a mini-movie on a highlight of this truly exceptional week: meeting Mr Sennelier himself, the grand-son of the creator of the mythical “marchand de couleurs” (colour merchant) who sold his pastels, oil paints and everything an artist needs to Picasso, Cézanne, Salvador Dali, Chagall, Degas, Sonia Delaunay, Balthus, Gustave Moreau, Yves Klein…
You cannot find more kindness in a man and such a sense of service. @sennelier1887 is the haven and favourite place in Paris for many artists. I was very touched by his words, the story of his family he told us from the tiny room which used to be his grandfather’s bedroom above the store.
I hope these few moving images will make you feel a bit of the atmosphere of this very special place.
And for those who have already seen the mini-movie, let me add some photos I took last year with my Canon 6D. I’m half ashamed to publish these photos. I don’t like them anymore. At all… But I feel sad to forget them in a hard drive somewhere… And it’s probably very important for me to see how I evolve. How my tastes change, my eye changes. I hope it’s a sign that I’m making progress…
An incredible collection of pure dry pigment.
Chez Sennelier you will be served as a friend, by staff that knows what they’re talking about.
Very involved, they show you how the colours react.
More than an eye candy, this store is a hub for Parisian artists.
Madame Sennelier is showing us around.
Oil pastel demonstration.
Water colours and pastel collections by Sennelier.
I cannot resist… I need to show you more photos of these millions of colours…
You could spend a whole day exploring this quite small store.
Madame Sennelier is presenting the Sennelier pastel collection kept in beautiful ancient drawers.
Aren’t these earthy colours fabulous?
The store dates from 1887 and is still the same since which is very rare. It’s no Disneyland, it’s a proper old store, the real deal. I’m insisting here because it has become rare in our world of “fake old”, or completely refurbished “authentic”…
The Klein blue was created by Sennelier, ordered by Yves Klein.
Nothing can stop me! You’ll see many colours today!
Upstairs you will discover a large collection of brushes including giant Chinese calligraphy brushes.
Carandache pastels, I took about a thousand photos of those…
Water colour testing.
Can you read the colour names? Aren’t they incredible?
A view of the store from the wooden staircase.
More amazing colours.
The artists and clients have the habit of leaving a little paper with a drawing or a text on it.
This visit was part of the Paris Excursion (2016 photos – 2017 video) organised by Megan Morton for The School.
Music by one of my absolute favourite composers and interpreted by Musicks Recreation Milena Cord to Krax – Johann Sebastian Bach “Gavotte”BWV 995