Irresistible Blanche

“Irresistible Blanche”
coloured pencils and oil pastels. 235 x 350 mm.
October 2017

Place Blanche bursts into technicolor life as dusk deepens into evening.

As I have mentioned in past posts, Place Blanche is decrepit during the day.  (Perhaps it was always so, even in the late 19th century.)  Iconic Moulin Rouge in daylight hours is clothed in a dreary red – a courtesan well past her prime.

However, linger until the sun goes down.  Eventually the windmill’s blades start to turn.  All the lights pop on and the area becomes a roaring kaleidoscope of colour.    At dusk Place Blanche is transformed into an artist’s fantasy.

Surely this can’t be real?!

“Irresistible Blanche” on the easel.


10 thoughts on “Irresistible Blanche

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Thank you Cousin Sherry. I swear it is the use of Sennelier which makes these new works strong and vibrant. I’m able to get such deep colours with them – with a lot less effort than by using coloured pencils by themselves.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Be my guest! Be careful though – there are some unsavoury characters that hang about that area. You have to be alert to what people are doing around you…especially after dark.

  1. rhodjoy

    Such a delight, those wonderful colours, Julie! So impressive, especially on the easel, love the atmospheric feel to Place Blanche as you have depicted it.

  2. anna warren portfolio

    Isn’t it interesting how places that have life and vibrancy after dark are often dreary and lacklustre – or worse – in the daytime. This is one area I guess you would never want to capture in daylight, but at night it is a place of fantasy, excitement, somewhere to heighten the senses. And this is what you have in this drawing, a sense anything may happen, leave your cares behind, be transported to another place entirely. Captured beautifully.

    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Hello Anna. I DO have photos of Place Blanche and Moulin Rouge during the day but I wouldn’t dream of making art from them because there is nothing appealing to me that I’d to want to portray. Drab, drab, drab – and dirty. All this is disguised when the lights come on. Once it is dark with bright lights on, all the yuk is obscured – though of course it is still there.


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