Jet lag during a recent art trip left me wide awake in the wee hours of the morning on my second day in Paris, so I grabbed my iPad to research some of the neighborhood sights that might open early that day. As luck would have it, the Luxembourg Gardens, located within walking distance of our apartment, opened at 7:30 a.m. Off I went, sketchbook in hand, to spend a very relaxing day ambling through the 25-hectar landscape featuring French and English gardens, a geometric forest, a huge pond, an apple orchard, an apiary, greenhouses, and the impressive Medici fountain. Especially enchanting is the statuary spread throughout the park. A reported 106 statues! I left the park with numerous drawings, but a return visit is definitely on my “to do” list.

Jardin du Luxembourg  / Acrylic on canvas / 20″ wide x 28″ high

Jean Ellis Newman

Jean Ellis Newman is the president of Wishbone Graphics, Inc. and the founder of Plano Profile magazine, which she launched in 1982. In addition to celebrating life with Mike and their standard...