I knew this would be challenging. I showed my letter to the guard, who read it 5 times and called 2 other people to review it (this is very France), then at last her chief showed up to give the final approval. Then they were extremely nice. So in a corner at the very end of the huge space, I plopped down my 3-legged REI stool, INSIDE the cordoned off area to the public, and slowly began to tackle this space.
I must say, it truly exhausted my brain. The detail is overwhelming, the space is huge, and the hordes of tourists coming by were not only a distraction, but blocked much of my view. And, they took pictures of me!
Still, I knew this was an utterly amazing opportunity, and I HAD to do it...
Below are the three sketches I made of the interiors. I was not permitted to pull out paints (understandable, as I can't get cobalt blue watercolor onto a rug from the 1600's), so I drew in pencil to be watercolored later. And I'm nervous about applying the watercolor, so I'm posting the pencil images until I muster up the courage to pull out my paints today.
All in all, this was a great day. A rare opportunity, a true challenge, and it was very, very fun. I loved it. I think even Louis XIV would have been happy.
|Galerie de Glaces, Château de Versailles, July 30, 2013|
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|Corner of the Grand Cabinet de Madame Victoire, Versailles|
|By brain was mush by this point...|
|The crowds had thinned out by this point and a very nice DJ from Canada kindly snapped this photo.|