Saturday, June 27, 2009

Night Adventures

It is Saturday and I am so sad. Our flight leaves on Tuesday morning. The first week we were here it felt like two, but this last week flew by. I feel like there is still so much to do. it's probably a good thing we're coming home though, since I'm just about out of money.
Yesterday I went to the catacombs and touched dead people. (hehehe) then later that night a few of us went up the Eiffel Tower. The city looks really beautiful at night. We were on it when it started twinkling at 11pm.
But the best thing EVER was on thursday night there was a lightning storm. It was around 2am and everyone was going to bed when I saw the sky light up outside my window. It had been raining earlier with a bit of lightning, but not too much. So I grabbed a jacket and went outside to watch. It wasn't raining so I just layed in this big empty field behind the main building. The sky was purply-black and the clouds were orange from the light polution. I layed out there for 45 minutes to an hour and just watched it. I've never seen so much lightning in my life. A bit of the sky lit up every few seconds and I never had to wait longer then a minute for the next lightning bolt. After every lightning flash there would be a few seconds of silence, then the thunder!- The thunder was so loud it sounded like someone was dropping boulders down the stairs to heaven, or huge waves crushing ships against clifs in the sky. Some of the lightning happened above the clouds so that they lit up white for a second, but others happened right before my eyes so I could still see them when I blinked. Some were quick little flashes and others were frighteningly monsterous. It was so great! I kept telling myself, "ok, just one more then I'll go in and go to bed." But then I'd see one and want to stay more. When I finally went inside I was walking up the stairs to my room when a big one lit up the sky right outside the window; followed imediatly by thunder. Then I heard people on the street screech and saw them start to run from the fat rain drops. I left the window in my room open so I could listen to it as i fell asleep. I didnt know it could storm like that. I wish we had stoms like that in California. (i mean if it weren't for the brush fires)
sad to be leaving

Tiffany's Sketchbook spreads

Forgive my double-posting...

Today Sarah and I went shopping around Paris because everything's on sale around this time :) Beautiful weather. My last few days will be hunting for souvenirs and one last attempt to Giverny (I took that day off as I was sick).

Here I exit with camera-shots scans of some spreads I did during Paris. Though the trip is coming to an end, it's only the beginning of a new journey in art. The class has helped me mature a lot in how to approach creating art and become more intelligent, and I'm extremely thankful for John for selecting us all for it. (edited on 7/1)

(Collaboration with Gus)

(Ahem, the last one is actually an Ireland page...)

Au revoir!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Small trip to Ireland

Non-Paris post WUT!

Nikita, Mark, Kira, and I spent four of the free Paris days in Dublin, Ireland; it was a nice contrast from Paris, and I enjoyed experiencing the Irish culture, especially being curious about everything (what I learned to do from the class). Pubs, Irish music, and green everywhere! Two major sites we visited were the Guinness Storehouse and the Malahide Castle. Here are few pictures from the trip.


Left -> Right
(1) Christchurch Cathedral; our apartment was adjacent to it.
(2) Abbey St., I believe...
(3) Part of St. Stephens Green
(4) Malahide Castle outside of Dublin
(5) There is almost always live Irish music in the pubs!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Results of Paris 2009

blogspot always puts images out of order! Keep sketching guys, we still got 8 more days in Paris!

Yung-Han's Sketchbook Page

I cannot believe that the class is over...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fathers day

Even though we are all on the other side of the globe I and the rest of the class like to say Happy Fathers day dads of the group.

Nikita and I also took what little time we had on the Normandy trip to shoot a little something something for our dads back in the states enjoy.

Nikita's Video

My Video

Thats it for now, time for some food and another adventure.


Saddly, we're done.

Wow, the class is done and it all went by way too fast. I'm leaving Paris tomorrow for Germany and Switzerland, but then coming back a few days before we take off. I'm looking forward to traveling, but there is so much to see in Paris, and 3 weeks alone doesn't cover everything. However, this city is addictive and it is proposterous to say I'm never coming back. I told John that coming here is like hitting the jackpot with all the top of the line artwork in museums, architecture, and even live performances. I'm about to leave for the fete de la musique, where there is supposed to be bands and steet performers on every corner in the center of the city! I'm anxious to see the musical variety Paris has to offer. I gotta wrap this up, but here are some spreads I did in my sketchbook during the class:

They aren't the best quality, but I will re-scan them in as soon as I get back to San Jose.
1: The gang likes to gather everynight and do homework in the dorm "game room". We work on sketchbook assignments, talk about life, and play taiwanese card games that Yung Han teaches us. Oh the memories....
2: The famous Shakespeare and Company book store that has a view of Notre Dame out their second story window.
3: The Quai Branly Museum has a lot of awesome masks and was the place where Picasso found inspiration.