Tonight I felt moved to re-watch Woody Allen’s film “Midnight in Paris”. I was reminded (as if I needed reminding) what a sensationally beautiful city Paris is. Clearly Allen was as seduced by the city as I (and so many of us) have been – and will continue to be.
After watching the film, I decided to post a few Paris drawings which were made before I had a blog. I had spent December of 2010 in that city with my family. What a joy to explore Paris over a whole month and to capture images which I would spend the next three to four years drawing.
It had been a particularly cold December. I encountered fog, rain, snow, sleet, hail and just the smallest bit of sunshine. Most of my drawings contain wet streets.
The best place I found for getting views above Paris was The Pompidou Centre – at the top of the escalators. Focussing first on the view and then on the glass pane itself, I got very different effects – all of which I made extremely detailed drawings of.
Back at street level, I LOVED the novelty of slushy snow – until it soaked through my inadequate footwear.
I returned in 2012 and 2013 and made enough drawings for two solo exhibitions. Those familiar streets became my friends, and remain my friends.
Have you visited Paris? I wonder what your thoughts are?
November 2016: I never thought, when I wrote this post last November, that I would return to Paris within twelve months. I was there last month and am now starting a whole new body of work from this mesmerizing city.
So much more to follow…