Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hôtel du Nord

This canal-side café-restaurant is one of my favourite haunts in Paris. It's the eponymous setting of René Clair's 1938 film - which I watched ages ago and really must re-watch. When I'm there I also think about the wonderful 1934 movie l'Atalante by Jean Vigo, which also includes scenes along the canal.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Autumn in Paris

Sketches I did at the weekend along Canal St Martin & Canal d'Ourq.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

La belle France

I'm back in Paris after a lovely holiday in La Rochelle and the Basque coast. Here are some sketches from Biarritz and the Ile d'Aix, an island off La Rochelle.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rosa Bonheur and Canal St Martin

On Saturday I went to Rosa Bonheur, a hip hang-out in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. It was a lovely sunny evening and everyone was sitting outside drinking rosé and snacking on charcuterie. Along with my sketch from Saturday I'm posting a Canal St Martin scene from the springtime, which I don't think I added before. Paris in the sunshine rocks!

Friday, July 27, 2012

NYC seen from Williamsburg

A bit late in the day, but here is the only painting I did during my recent trip to New York. It was a boiling hot 4 July and I spent a bit of time in the park they've created on the waterfront in Williambsurg. The area has changed quite a bit since I lived in New York 4 years ago. It's still great - just different.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Coffee in Laumière, Paris

I did these sketches at the weekend at a local café on the Avenue Laumière. The area is gorgeous at the moment - dappled with shadows from the rows of trees.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Buttes Chaumont in the sunshine

It's great to live 5 mins' walk from one of the prettiest parks in Paris!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Bois de Boulogne, Paris

A drawing I did last weekend in the sunshine on an island in Bois de Boulogne