Works in Progress - Paris April 2016
In April of 2016 I once again visited the beautiful city of Paris. The changeable Spring weather offers me such a broad spectrum of different lights and moods – for me, there is always a painting and story around every corner of this beautiful city and I never tire of painting it.
In the early morning there is often a hazy cloud cover bathing Paris in soft silvery light which gradually disappears as the sun burns through, creating all new dimensions of light and shade on the old buildings and beautiful city parks. Even on the most freezing days when the famous Spring rain continues all day, Paris is still beautiful. On these days the wet pavements and boulevards are a maze of colourful reflections and the interior of the brightly lit cafes offer a feeling of warmth and shelter.
While walking in the Chaillot Quartier on the Right Bank near the Champs de Mars and Eiffel Tower one wet afternoon, the drizzle suddenly gave way to a watery sunshine which remained long enough for me to make some sketches of the area. The silvery light was everywhere and the wet roads were reflecting back the colours of the surrounding area – it is this effect that I have been working on for the last few months.