Monday, February 1, 2021

National Croissant Day, Pandemic Style

1/30/21 An urban sketch and a pastry for a national observance

In front of the croissant is a macaroon, which Honore Bakery also offers. Gluten-free Greg is very happy.

The first year that I observed National Croissant Day, I didn’t find out about it until it was too late to organize anything, so I celebrated by myself at Starbucks. It was not the best croissant, but the people there were fun to sketch.

Last year I was prepared, so Nilda and I celebrated together at Honore Bakery, which makes some of the best croissants I’ve ever had, right in my own neighborhood.

That was all in the Before Times, of course. This year, I was well-prepared and invited more sketchers to join me – sadly, on Zoom. Still, it was a fun afternoon of sketching decadent pastries (not all of which were croissants, but I like to think of myself as tolerant of all religious beliefs).  

My ginormous almond croissant came from Honore again. After picking it up that rainy morning, I sketched the bakery’s backside from the parking lot. (The front would have been more attractive, but sketching it would have required standing in the middle of busy Lake City Way.) If I had planned my sketch as well as I had planned the socializing, I would have brought my large Stillman & Birn Nova sketchbook with me to Honore so that I could have sketched the building in it. But I hadn’t thought that far ahead, so the sketch was in my red Field Notes. Conveniently, it has perforated pages, so I tore it out and glued it right in.

Edited: I just learned that St. Honore is the patron saint of pastry chefs!


  1. That almond croissant looks so delicious! It actually looks almost real. Nice to add the sketch of the back of the building too.

    1. It WAS delish!! And so HUGE! A very American croissant. ;-)

  2. I really like how you collaged the sketch and the card with the sketch in the S&B.

    1. Thanks! Although I would have preferred to plan better and put the sketch right on the same page, I ended up liking the way it looks, especially because the small sketch is on red paper.


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