Cities by the sea all have huge waterfronts in common. The people may be different, the feeling is very much the same. The Ocean takes precedence. And I only see a tiny part of it! For me, as a visual artist, it is an opportunity to capture cityscapes right from where I’m standing ;o)
This has to be my favourite image from my last stay in Vancouver, this February. The often overcast skies in Vancouver allow for a full exploration of colours and textures, without having to worry, or account for, the high contrast zones when the Sun is out in full force.
Detail from my digital painting.
Below is the original shot I based my painting on.
One of my favourite paintings – for now. I love the cobbles and the “intimate” feeling. This is in downtown Paris, mind you, not far from Place des Vosges. Can’t imagine walking here with any kind of heels. I guess one has to consider sneakers as a sine qua non of Parisian exploration.
The afternoon sun was lighting the whole street side I was looking at. I couldn’t ignore it. It was like the street, with the perfect, typical family, was staring at me, eyebrow lifted in the “what are you waiting for” attitude. So, really, most of the work was already done. I only had to be attentive ;o)
Paris has character. She uses façades like make-up and charms the visitor with perspective. I couldn’t resist this view. So typical. I could have chosen a thousand different streets and would have had just as much fun working at reproducing the “Parisian” feeling. There are quite a few more scenes in my workbook and I’ll surely develop other paintings. For this one, the afternoon light made everything clear without too many high contrast effects from direct sunlight.
Paris has put on her lights and is showing off. I must say evening suits her as well as a designer dress. A good one, that is.
This view is from the Petit Pont, looking at the Pont Saint-Michel. Here’s a Google Earth view of the same spot in daylight:
Capturing night impressions is not always easy but this particular night, Paris and its wonderful façades are making it enticing for me. Particularly with the Seine slowly making its way through and giving me an interesting point of vue.
Night makes all colours equal. A bit strange for me to stay within a limited palette. Of course, playing with the water reflections brings me some relief. I can splurge on yellows, greens and reds.
Springtime has got to be the best season to be in Paris. The air is mild, people are out and everybody’s in a good mood. Walking in the Jardins du Luxembourg, I happen on this fantastic tree in full bloom. When she looks to her right, I know I have my painting! I hope you enjoy this.
On a walkabout in Paris in March 2012, I can’t help but be totally charmed by the city, as usual. I grok the same mood, smells, and feelings I always felt here. Paris is a jewel. Parisians, if you meet any, considering the incredible amount of tourists on the streets, are warm and friendly if you show the minimum polite attitude. A lot of folks don’t get the Europeans that way. If you come to them and ask a question point blank, without even the most elementary “Hello”, you are being rude. Start with a smile and a “Good Day” and you’ll be fine. Considering the millions of people visiting here, I’m amazed the Parisians can still be civil with us. Just like New York, Paris is swarmed by visitors.
So here’s my first painting from my latest excursion here. Many more to come. Paris is very beautiful – and very busy. I don’t know if I could work here permanently. Visually, I’m definitely swooned. But that applies to pretty much all of Europe, as far as I’m concerned.