Archive for November, 2016

In Paris, France 1996

November 30, 2016

This is part 2 of 3 parts.


Paris, September 1996. The sunset light.

My trip to France was a game changer.  All thanks are due to my good friend Jacques Karamanoukian.  It’s difficult to believe that it’s been nearly fifteen years since he’s left us.  Thanks also to the Musée de la Création Franche in Bègles.  I’ll talk more about them in next month’s post.

Without their sponsorship and support, I’d have never got to France.  I was working at my fairly awful job at a Detroit department store.  I did everything except for selling and management.  Everything.  I had several mediocre bosses and several horrible bosses there. Luckily at this time the best (or most humane) of the managers was in charge, Mr. Gene DeCrease. He allowed me to go on this trip.  With other managers, I’m sure I’d have had to choose between the adventure and the job.

It was amazing just going around by myself.  I’d get lost now and then.  I loved just wandering aimlessly and feasting my eyes.

I got to go to the Picasso Museum, Halle Saint-Pierre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre George Pompidou.

I wish I’d taken more photos.  I did utilize some one-use-only panoramic cameras.  I got a few good vertical shots with these too.


Paris 1996.


This is the next year, 1997, with an oil painting which was inspired by my trip to Paris and by Pablo Picasso.