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

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur


About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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