Place des Vosges, Paris …

This square is one of my favourite places in Paris. When I was a student, spending a year living in Paris, I used to come here to read on a bench or to simply watch the world go by. It is a real oasis of calm within this beautiful capital city. The fine art shops that line this square make window shopping a real joy.

So far as my painting today is concerned, I was not totally convinced that I liked it. I’m not great at perspective and I think I tried too hard to make it look like my photograph (see below) whilst trying to make it abstract at the same time. I thought there was a definite confusion here. I decided therefore to have a quick go over the right hand side of my painting, with pastels. I’m now happier with the result. There may be some further pastel additions tomorrow but for now I’m quite content:

 

Here’s my original photo:

 

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