Thunderstorms and the rain paint a beautiful picture of nature, and for some reason, the crazy heat of the day makes people want to go out in the rain, express themselves freely and run around like children. Wildly playing around and dancing with the rhythm of the rain...ah happiness!
As Speedy watches the grey skies turn anger into smiles and the following blue mornings hurry people off to their daily routines, he packs his bags and thinks of himself as an artist. France was his destination.
When Speedy came to Paris, he was really hungry. He found the nearest Parisian cafe and ordered some croissants, French toast and hot chocolate. After a delicious meal, Speedy found the famous 20th century Dutch artist Van Gogh's most well-known painting “The Starry Night.” The story behind the painting goes something like this - Van Gogh had cut off his ear on December 23, 1888. He was then sent to live in a mental hospital named Saint Paul De Mausole. The place was called Saint-Remy-de-Provence and this painting is based on the view he saw from the east-facing window of the hospital.
Speedy also found the works of other famous French artists such as Edgar Degas and his work “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years.” This was made with wax, had real hair, a tutu and ballet slippers.
He decided to take a packed lunch along with him as he knew the day would be long. His interest was caught by a painting called “Luncheon on the Grass” by Edouard Manet. This painting was rejected by the Paris Salon in 1863, but then, Manet displayed it at the Salon de Refuses (Salon of the rejected) later in the year. Emperor Napolean III created the Salon de Refuses once he saw that the Paris Salon had rejected over 4,000 paintings in 1863.
Speedy was pleased to learn about all these great artists and their works.
He was now ready to become an artist himself, as he was travelling on a boat and watched the city of Paris surrounded by the river Seine.
He started sketching away the city with a smile on his face, hoping to capture the beauty he saw in front of him.