Tonight coming home on the metro about 8:00 I had an rather unsettling experience. I could hear someone speaking very loudly and than a series of loud bangs. Soon I see what it is all about, a very large, very upset man is walking through the metro cars yelling and slamming shut all the vents at the top of the windows. He is either drunk or deranged, perhaps a bit of both, to judge from his appearance. He is strangely dressed with all sorts of things tied into his hair and his pants appeared to have not much of a bottom in them, his bottom was quite visible. To make matters worse he stepped into the area between me and the passengers facing me and almost fell on the lady beside me!
I was worried he was going to stay here, but he moved on, slamming more window vents. Everyone looked a bit upset, people were looking at each other with raised eyebrows or other facial expressions that clearly showed they did not like the situation. A few minutes later he is walking back the way he came from, still slamming windows, as some people had opened them after he passed by. This time no one reopened the windows!
He disappeared towards the back of the train and then a whole lot more people got on, so I figured he would not be able to make his way back to where I was sitting. This is honestly the first time in Paris that I have felt uncomfortable, or worried about a situation. In hindsight, I think the best thing to do would have been to get off the train and wait for the next one, but I was rather shocked by the situation and didn’t think of this until after it was all over.
I did do some drawing on the metro today, but wasn’t able to do any after this incident. I actually got a terrible headache, just the stress of it all I guess.
Then when I arrive at the metro station at the end of my street there are a whole lot of metro security and they are in a semi-circle around a man who is wearing an old jacket that says ‘Security’ on the back. He has a very big muscular doberman and it appears that he wants to take the dog on the metro? Not exactly sure, but the dog is wearing a muzzle and he is getting agitated, as is the man, who appears to be trying to explain something to the metro police. The man ties the dog to the exit booth, so the metro people have to open a special gate so people don’t have to go through the booth.
I decide that I need to get home and shut the door on all this! I even checked the internet to see if it is a full moon, but it isn’t, so can’t blame it on that.
There is a soccer match on tonight that Paris is playing in and they appear to be winning as there is a lot of cheering and noise periodically. I couldn’t figure out what all the noise was about but when I went out to get a few groceries I saw a bunch of men standing outside and inside the cafe on the corner. I go see what they are watching on TV, turns put to be soccer, and I ask who is playing. A man tells me, and says Paris was up by two points. That was almost an hour ago and there is still lots of noise every now and then so I assume they are still in the lead.
Anyways… I attended two life drawing sessions today and then went for drinks with my two new friends and met a friend of theirs as well. This gentleman is an American who came to visit Paris with his wife for three months and is still here, more than a decade later. That seems to happen to people when they visit this city!
Here are a few of my drawings from today. The first model was older, probably at least my age, and very thin, so interesting to draw.
I could see bones and musculature very clearly, so I concentrated on trying to sort those things out, especially in the neck and collarbone area, trying to sort out the shapes and shadows in this area. They are over emphasized a bit in these drawings but I was concentrating on a study of bones and muscles. This model was wonderful for that.
Our second model was rather voluptuous, so quite a contrast from the first session.
Sorry for the long rant about the trip home, I think I just needed to talk about it. Thanks for listening.