This morning I walked out early to get downtown for the morning light. I'd had to abort the painting above when the sunlight vanished a few days ago, and I wanted to get it done today since I still had sun. This view is right on the edge of the Tuileries, conveniently the gate closest to Angelina's, which makes the best hot chocolate in the world. Which is why I was there to spot it in the first place. Paris is such a different landscape with it's tall buildings and delayed sunlight getting down to the ground. It's one reason the parks are so important here. They're open enough to catch the sunlight all day.
Afterwards I went on in the park proper, a bit unsure of what to paint next, but the red umbrellas caught my eye.
I had lunch there in the sun, touched up a little more, and then was drawn toward the west end of the Tuileries by some bright green new foliage on trees. There's a higher plaza there where you can see off toward the Eiffel Tower, which is often obscured by the buildings reaching up. People love it and associate it with Paris, so I often feel I should include it in my Paris painting. Then I sit down to try and feel like such a cliche. So this is probably it for this year's effort unless I just stumble on a view that calls my name.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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