Decided to explore an image which I photographed from a the top floor of a hotel in Paris. The window opened out onto an amazing view across the rooftops of Paris with a distant view of Sacre Coeur.
This was the point in the course when I began to feel that all of the exercises on applying washes were beginning to come together. There was a still a long way to go but I knew a change was happening in my approach.
I worked with various ideas in the sketchbook, with the emphasis being on the exploration of mark making using various tools. After 4 colour studies, the image for the final piece emerged. I wanted to bring out some of the contrasts which I could see, for example…
-the details in the foreground in contrast to the distant view
-the rather jocular shapes of the chimneys in contrast to the serious, splendid beauty of the distant architecture
-the crude, rather ‘home-made’ nature of the chimneys in contrast to the architecture in the distance