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Enchanted April

“Enchanted April” – spring in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
330 x 355 mm. November 2017.

In April 2012 I visited Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Belleville.  On that particular spring morning, Paris was hidden under a veil of mist.

I love the poetry of mist – where some objects reveal themselves while others are  mysteriously obscured.

Later in 2012 I made a drawing from that visit to the park.  It was from the same source photo as the new drawing.  I called the 2012 drawing “Après l’hiver”.

“Après l’hiver”
2012

Why have I just made another version of the drawing?   I wanted to do a larger work, using a less cropped version of the photo.  I was curious to see what would happen if I used  Sennelier oil pastels as well as coloured pencils. Drawn five and a half years apart, two very different drawings have resulted.

The title of my new drawing is taken from the 1922 novel “Enchanted April”  by Elizabeth von Arnim.

Sumptuous Paris

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…