I will be exhibiting a series of small watercolours all painted while I spent a few weeks in Paris last year, woops the year before.
Because I had a little longer there than most of my visits, I tried to learn my way about a little more. So out I went each morning with a plan in mind of where I would go. Then try hard not to get lost. Of course I did every so often, but I didn’t tell anyone about that!
One of the first spots I went to was up Bd Richard Lenoir and just beyond that was Canal St Martin. That is where I found Hotel Du Nord as well. I wanted to paint the hotel, but although architecture isn’t my first choice , in a town like Paris, you might be a bit short on subjects if you don’t. So I started the painting and felt it summed it up. What it doesn’t reveal is the way it come’s to life at night. It really happens. Some of the best dining around and very entertaining.
I found the canal really interesting. The lock system worked hard in the days when barges worked up and down from here to the Seine. Tourists now take the trip instead. But I liked the water crashing down and the gates at the top intrique me. I do like locks I’ve decided. I love going to the ones on the Midi, when we are in Trausse.
Another day, a Sunday, I’d been to L’Orangerie to see Monet’s water lilies again. When I came out the doors a bit later, I could see a great painting composition right there looking towards the delicate design of the Eiffel tower. The pont was a grand statement across the water, and a few people were wandering along to give me the foreground. This was all very good for one who is used to painting water and beaches. I felt quite ok about my efforts and I learn a great deal when I’m attempting this kind of subject.
I will be painting in Paris again in May this year, so it will be interesting to see what I choose.