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The controversial avant-garde Centre Georges-Pompidou opened in 1977. It was a joint venture between architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, in response to, then president Pompidou’s wish to establish a multi-discipline cultural centre in Paris. Being both a museum and an art centre. It is like a building turned inside out: escalators, lifts, air and […]

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Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

The oldest square in Paris, Place des Vosges, was finished in 1612. It is a square of perfect symmetry. The surrounding buildings are filled with restaurants and art galleries. Today I had a picnic lunch there, on my way to Atelier la Villa Bastile for a life drawing class with Patrick Fouilhoux.  I enrolled for watercolour classes […]

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Jardin de l'Hôtel de Sens

Coffee in the park

Around the corner from the Cité is a small park. Perfect for the first cup of coffee of the day, bread and cheese, sketchbook and my paintbox. The building with the red door and window frames, is Bibliothèque Forney. I made some sketches and a quick painting, trying to capture the mood of the fresh […]

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Monet at de l’Orangerie

My attempt to walk to the Eiffel tower was first interrupted by coffee in Jardin des Tuileries  and then by Monet’s water lilies. A lesson to be learned in both cases. The coffee I ordered, turned out to be a tiny espresso, note to self: next time ask for an americano. To my credit, I did […]

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The Seine

Paris at last!

First few days in Paris has been lovely sunny weather, not autumn yet. My building is on a beautiful street, lined with huge trees, right next to the Seine. Once the  leaves are gone I might be able to see Nôtre Dame’s steeple. The architecture is stunning, Hôtel de Ville is a perfect example. Every street […]

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Have paint, will travel

In April 2015 I applied to SANAVA for a two month working stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. D.V. on 30 September 2015 I am off to make this dream come true! In 2010 I made this painting. Hopefully I can soon improve on this 😉 Meanwhile I still have to figure out what painting materials […]

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