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A Day In Paris

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, sketchbook, Travel on July 10, 2017

About a month ago, I went to Paris for just one day. 

Serendipity told me to go. Just 2 weeks before that I had taught a workshop in Montreal and accidentally left my jacket there.

a oneliner portrait I did of Sophie while she was telling me a funny story

Luckily my friend Sophie, who invited me to teach the workshop for her team during their global team meeting, was traveling from Montreal to Paris and jokingly told me that she could bring my jacket with her so I could pick it up there. At first, I just giggled by the thought of traveling to Paris just to pick up the forgotten jacket. But then I thought: ‘why not?’. I love Paris and I always complain about the fact that I never go there even though it’s just a few hours by train from Amsterdam. Also, Sophie and I had such a great time hanging out in Canada; it would be great to grab the opportunity to see each other again! As if these weren’t enough reasons, I added one: That month had been my birthday and I thought it would be a very nice belated birthday gift to myself.

Unfortunately, due to many other items on the calendar, I couldn’t plan for a weekend or even one night, so I booked a train ticket to go to Paris taking the first train and returning to Amsterdam the same day with the last train.

That’s how on a hot sunny day in Paris, I had lunch with Sophie, we strolled the streets in Le Marais, sketched side by side at Place des Vosges and had refreshing drinks at one of her favorite cafes.

It was a wonderful treat!

Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.