This is one of my favourites. This view from the promenade is just too good to pass up. The end of day was fast approaching and I had precious little daytime left. I wish I had some time, and commissioned work, to explore Vancouver and do some real image hunting.
This view is from the Westin Bayshore Conference Center mezzanine. I couldn’t find anything accessible higher up, plus, I did not have time on my side to explore. The dramatic skies are what made this view for me.
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.
Yes. I know. The title is right there – look closely if you haven’t figured it out yet. Makes naming my paintings easier when I can refer back to something in the image ;o)
So I’m walking on this beautiful Spring day with a few good friends. Paris requires a lot of walking! Which explains why that city is so packed with Cafés, Restaurants, Brasseries, etc. You walk 50 miles, you get parched and hungry. You sit, enjoy a meal, ideally with friends, look at life walking by, get back up, walk another 50 miles and start the whole process again. I can’t get enough.
Everything here is skewed. First, Paris is patterned like a wheel, with streets gradually moving away from each other from a center point. Makes navigating around pretty weird, but also surprise-friendly. Second, streets and corners can be seen from a distance, with the perspective anyone needs to be able to appreciate their beauty. So of course, I can’t help but be totally taken by the “wonderful spaces” I see all around me as I walkabout.
Here’s another place that caught my eye. I’d go back and sit at that sunny terrace any day. I hope you like it. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, have a drink and chill for a while. Take it in and let it bring you over to the Parisian side! It’ll be worth your while.