In my last post, I showed the little sketches I had done originally. My next step was to enlarge those to full size, which I did in my dining room.
This is the drawing for the city of Lyon, with the Rhône river, the Hôtel Dieu, the basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, and a hot-air balloon, just for fun.
Starting to paint the first wall - the wine wall.
I had brought my iPod with me for music, but it was much more fun to listen to the piped in French radio at the restaurant. If you like French songs (including classics as well as Top 40), click on Chante France, the music station from Paris, that I've been listening to this month. A number of the songs they've been playing are also on my iPod, so I knew them, but most are songs I didn't know, which made it really fun. That helped me get into the mood, as did all the French language flying around between the chef, his visiting family and his staff.
I transfered my drawings from paper onto the walls, and then began painting. Here is a taste of what's to come: