©estandrea – Parisdreamtime 2010
On a dark and cold morning in early April this view was offered to me.
I was on the upper open deck of a sightseeing double-decker tour through Paris with German friends who had come to visit me in Paris. My friends and I were frozen and dishevelled, but happy because it didn’t rain. Pont Alexandre III. is one of the beautiful Paris bridges, offered to France by Tsar Alexander III. of Russia, emphasizing the French-Russian Alliance. It’s structure is made of metal and was finished in 1900, on schedule for the World Exhibition. In the background you can see a much older bridge, the “Pont de la Concorde”, finished in 1791.
The technical aspects of this painting were challenging for me, due to the perspective and also to the characteristics of the paper I used. This paper has a very uneven, rough surface, although when you touch it, it’s smooth at the same time. You better not get obsessed with detail when you use rough watercolor paper. Once you are beyond wanting details, you will be fine:)…
I wish you a nice week.
PS: On the original artwork the top of the lamppost has more space left around it:)