I will admit that it's touristy. But I also have to admit that on my first visit to Paris I was most delighted to visit the Place du Tertre in Montmartre where artists were selling their wares and painting on the streets.
Some were taking advantage of the tourist souvenir trade to do a portrait. (This subject looks as though she was forced to sit there by her mother!)
Others had their own interpretations of Parisian views.
You could buy...
...you could look.
Competition to be an artist in this small square just a few metres from Sacre Coeur is stiff. Only a few types of art are allowed -- painting, portraites, caricature and silhouette. Artists alternate days in their stalls, sharing a small space of about three square feet.
It is said that the waiting list to be artist on Place du Tertre is ten years long!
I don't think I'll ever be ready for Place du Tertre, but I will certainly admit that Paris makes a delightful subject for any artist -- including me. Below, a bit of a gallery. This was the view from my friend Jerry's bedroom window where we stayed on our first two visits.
A night at the cafe? Oh, that was a good evening!
One of my favorite attractions? The bouquinistes!
Or, take a break in the park. You'll certainly find a vendor in the Tuileries or Jardin du Luxembourg from whom to rent a boat.
Walking by the Seine is always a treat. (This needs to be reworked.)
And the night -- so beautiful and romantic.
The hills of Montmartre and the striking view of Sacre Coeur always make the heart beat a bit faster!
And while in Montmartre, a building that seems to be in every photographer's collection, including mine.
One can't forget the inspiration of the Eiffel Tower.
I've painted it many times, from many angles.
I'm quite sure I will do it again.
And finally, Notre Dame. I can't seem to get this right.
The sketch was better than the painting. (Although I do like my trees.)
But I try, a different angle. (I won't even show you the painting from that one!)
Ah well. Even if I was good enough, I probably wouldn't outlive the waiting list and the work visa.
But it's fun to imagine!
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