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.

 

About juliepodstolski

I am a realist artist who works in coloured pencils.
Image | This entry was posted in art, coloured pencil impressionism, coloured pencils, Illuminations, Paris and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Irresistible Blanche

  1. Sherry Telle says:

    I absolutely love your use of colour layers in these impressionistic cityscapes, your drawings almost vibrate with energy!

    • 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.

  2. fuzzydragons says:

    so vibrant and bright 🙂 makes me want to visit to see it for myself

  3. rhodjoy says:

    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.

  4. Robyn Varpins says:

    Mesmerizing

  5. 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.

    • 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s