Coloured pencils. 210 x 288 mm. June 2018
On my way home from a before-dawn photography walk, I stop on Pont de la Tournelle and look east. Morning light reveals an overcast autumnal sky.
Some of us primarily enjoy a view under sun and blue sky; cloudiness may be described as “a dull day”. To my mind an overcast sky creates a meditative and subtle beauty. Eyes need not squint against strong light.
Grey day, reflection and introspection; peace.
“Overcast” is the second drawing featuring Notre Dame for the “Remember Paris” exhibition. I like to portray a subject in different ways…
“Far from the Madding Crowd” drawn with Sennelier oil pastels combined with coloured pencils on Arches Aquarelle. 330 x 365 mm. October 2017.
Far from the Madding Crowd
“Far from the Madding Crowd”
coloured pencils and oil pastels. 330 x 365 mm. October 2017
If you have been to Paris, you know what Cathedrale Notre Dame is like. Its magnificence makes it a magnet for tourists. Endless queues snake towards its doors as people wait to go inside and up the tower. Like all great world tourist attractions, it is a place to steadfastly avoid.
Only five minutes’ walk from the maelstrom of humanity, across Pont de l’Archevêché and down on the riverbank of Port de la Tournelle, all is serene. The view of Notre Dame is sublime, the river Seine quietly flows, minding its own business.
So few people walk by that I have to wait patiently to compose my source photo for the drawing I want to do. Finally a few pedestrians come into view and I have my composition.
I give a prayer of thanks.
I take photos to make drawings from. But not always. These ten photos don’t require reinterpretation as drawings. They are happy just to remain photos – celebrating a city with more than its share of visual romance; sumptuous Paris.
La Conciergerie with reflections on the Seine pre-dawn.
Jardin des Tuileries
The view from the steps of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in the late afternoon.
Ravens being fed at Parc des Buttes Chaumont on a benign autumn Saturday.
The joys of coffee and pastries from a shop such as this! (My daughter, Alicia and her friend, Marissa.)
Melt-in-the-mouth cakes within, elegant architecture without – appreciated simultaneously.
Stunning floral display at Jardin du Luxembourg.
From inside one of the art galleries at Centre Georges Pompidou, looking across from Notre Dame to Pantheon.
A view of Les Halles (St Eustache on the right) from Centre Georges Pompidou.
Construction and constructing…