“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”.
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.
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…