Paris

Notre Dame


 
I posted my painting of Notre Dame in November 2015 under the title Je Suis Paris in response to the terrorist attacks that had taken place in Paris on the 13th of November that year.

Today, seeing the sorrowful scenes from Paris of this iconic, majestic landmark engulfed in flames, a landmark that means so much to so many not only in Paris and France but around the world, Je Suis Paris once again.

Studio 365: Day 320

Day 320 ii

The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, 31st August, 1962

One more page of drawings from my summer in Paris in 1962. I somewhat foolishly imagined myself as a young Toulouse Lautrec as I sketched the cast of characters in the gardens and around the fountain that day: the young boys sailing their model boats, the loving couple out for an evening stroll, the guitarist filling the air with his music and the lady sleeping soundly on the bench. The drawings may be primitive when looked at today but they capture a peaceful precious moment in time in a city that continues to be very much in my heart and thoughts today.

Studio 365: Day 319

Day 319

I wrote, on Studio 365: Day 11 after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, how I fell in love with Paris on my first visit there as a young boy in August 1962. I posted a drawing I had made sitting in the Tuileries Garden on a beautiful summer’s Day. Now, here I am on Day 319 once again expressing solidarity and sympathy through the best way I know how with all those mourning today in Paris, in France and around the world. The drawing from that same never-to-be-forgotten visit in 1962 is of one of bridges over the Seine, when one of the most beautiful cities in the world inspired a young boy who has felt that inspiration ever since.  Je suis Paris.

Studio 365: Day 317

Day 317 iii

 

My thoughts are with friends in Paris and France tonight and my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives on this, another dark day for humanity.

Studio 365: Day 11

Day 11 vii
 
I fell in love with Paris on my first visit there as a young boy in August 1962. I remember as if it were yesterday sitting and drawing in the Tuileries Garden after being inspired by all the French Impressionist paintings I had just seen in the Jeu de Paume, a stone’s throw away.

Tuileries ii

In the studio today my thoughts are very much with all the citizens of this great city as they walk in their millions for remembrance, for freedom, for tolerance, for love, for mankind, for the future.  In the words of Francois Hollande, Paris truly is “the capital of the world today.”

Day 11 iii

triumph

Photography 101: TriumphTriumph usually denotes drama of some sort, no matter whether it’s big or small.

The Arc de Triomphe on the last lap of the Tour de France.  I confess to taking this photo during this year’s TV broadcast adding a little extra blur to the pelaton to highlight the sense of speed and drama.