Rue Saint Denis is one of those Paris streets I am regularly drawn to. It is a street full of life. People walk all over the road itself as if it is a pedestrian mall but cars drive down it so one must watch out. Supposedly I moved out of the way of this car after I took the photo – as I’m still alive.
There are shops selling cheap junk, sex shops, cafés, dodgy-looking men hanging about who you don’t want to make eye-contact with, and homeless people propped up with their bags. Standing sentry over the street is Église Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles de Paris, a Catholic church which takes it upon itself to minister to the homeless. The Gothic church has two spires, one of which you can see in my drawing.
Oddly enough I feel comforted by this composition. The spire is a beautiful shape and I like the proportion of sky to buildings. I feel a warmth towards the church with its helpful people right in there among the colourful characters and the down-and-out.
When so many people are upset by world events as 2017 begins, I am determined to keep seeking out scenes which make my heart feel glad, and make drawings of them. There is so much in life which is good.