I have drawn my favourite Parisian street several times since I first found myself standing on it in December 2010. Today I have finished my latest drawing of rue de l’Echaudé. What is it about this street? It is narrow, intimate and so old that the buildings lean at strange angles. A medieval street, beyond the reach of Haussmann’s renovations, it is safely tucked away in Saint Germain des Prés. One can gaze up at one of Saint-Sulpice’s towers in the distance, framed between sky and buildings of the street itself. This street favours pedestrians. It does not want to be bothered by anything faster, louder or wider than a bicycle.
The time I like best on this inspirational street is very early in the morning when I am the only person around. I marvel at the sky changing from night to morning blue. I study the electric light reflections glowing on various surfaces; wood and stone walls, plate-glass windows and (usually) wet ground.
Below are several drawings I have made of the same area. The first is a drawing that I ripped up earlier in the year. You can read about it on my post “A Time to Destroy“. Unlike that sad story, the latest drawing simply fell into place. It was like “PING! I’m finished”. I wish they all resolved as cleanly and neatly as “Rue de l’Echaudé” did today.
The six drawings below all made it to completion, unlike my comrade in misfortune above, and most of them have sold within the last 24 months.
I am sure I will draw this street again. Rue de L’Echaudé in my mind is “Julie’s Street”. I claim it as both my piece and peace of Paris.
Postscript: June 20th 2014. I DID draw rue de l’Echaudé again, only two months later. Below is the latest interpretation of this mystical street which I have named “Rhapsody in Blue”.
Related post: Rhapsody in Blue
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