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Some attempts to sketch architecture. (The scan is cropped off at the right. The thickness of this journal made it difficult to scan.)

We found some shade near the river and looked across at the opposite bank, all of us sketching different things. I was amazed all over again with the way the French trim their tree tops into rectangular shapes (left sketch, the boulevard trees, not the ones at the river's edge). And I got to use my gold paint when drawing the underside of a white bridge with gold decoration!

I think because I live near a large river (the Mississippi) and I walk its banks and cross its bridges all the time, I felt very comfortable walking in Paris, especially along the river. It gave me a sense of normalcy that the architecture and language were stripping away.

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