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A Parisian Wink

Don’t think I ever posted this one. From a walkabout quite a while back, in the city that is so beautiful under the sun – and so depressing when it’s raining.

Red Coat
Red Coat

Paris Moment 2

Cobbled alley, downtown Paris, Spring 2012

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 Moment 1

Parisian cityscape
Parisian cityscape 01

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.

Night on the Seine, Paris

Night on the Seine, Paris
Night on the Seine, Paris

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:

Google Earth view from the Petit Pont
Google Earth view from the Petit Pont

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.