Show Time

"Show Time" Moulin Rouge at dusk coloured pencils on Arches Aquarelle 195 x 255 mm. November 2016

“Show Time”
coloured pencils on Arches Aquarelle
195 x 255 mm. November 2016

Moulin Rouge is ugly during the day; grim and seedy looking.  When dusk descends and the lights come on, an awkward seductiveness unfolds –  like that of a fairground or circus – repelling and attracting simultaneously.  “Show Time” is the third drawing in my “Paris Revisited” series.



Seeing the three drawings together may give an idea of what I’m trying to achieve – a new way of working with pencils; less exacting and more expressive: anti-perfectionism.

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8 thoughts on “Show Time

  1. anna warren portfolio

    As a set these work together so well. There is a soft, luscious quality to them. I remember feeling the same as you when I first saw the Moulin Rouge during daylight hours, but your drawing has caught the vibrant excitement of its night-time persona, you can almost hear the music and the flying colours of the dancers – so synonymous with Paris.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      I must admit, I’ve never been inside, Anna, so can only imagine the dancers. I believe it is purely a tourist attraction now. Yes, that area surrounding Moulin Rouge is dodgy!

  2. nick shiroma

    I like the glow and the energy that comes off the neon lights. I can feel the warm and cool colors working off each other and also the feeling of space. It is a totally different world at night!

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      It IS a different world, Nick. I spent much of the time, while taking the photos during this photo session, watching my back and sides too – as there were plenty of suspicious looking types who seemed to be watching me.

  3. xanderest

    Hi, Julie, Thanks for sending images of your Moulin Rouge impression – to me they are better than the real thing! I like your soft atmospheric style. It must be more fun to do a picture that is not so demanding in terms of having no faces and no incredibly complex fabrics etc.

    Love, Judy.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Hi Judy, thanks for your thoughts. You know, amazingly, it isn’t easier. With in-focus work there are clear boundaries. It is straight-forward. With soft-focus the boundaries hardly exist as everything blurs into everything else. I find this sort of thing harder than, say, the fabric patterns of “Doll of Paradise”. In fact I am still rather afraid of this sort of drawing…but I’m persisting with it.


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