Drawing of the Sacre Coeur in Paris

June 24, 2013 in Blog bericht, pencil drawing by admin

drawing paris

In December 2011 I visited Paris. A friend took a temporary job and rented an apartment. I was invited and went just before Christmas. I was planning to draw while she was at work. Those drawing I would use as illustrations for the book about Zen drawing I was working on at that time.

The evening before I left, my grandmother died. The next morning, in the train to Paris I felt sad and relieved and I knew that Paris was going to be a special experience. I found myself wandering through Paris in the winter sun. It was warm for the time of the year, making it excellent drawing weather. One of my wishes was to draw the Sacre Coeur, and now my grandmother had passed, I decided to light a candle for her there.

When I arrived at the bottom of the stairs of the Sacre Coeur, the sun decided to come out from behind the clouds and I sat down on a small bench that had a wonderful view of the Sacre Coeur. While drawing, I knew I should not think about the drawing result and just enjoy the drawing process. While I was drawing, a security guard fom the Sacre Coeur showed me his own drawings on his mobile phone anda group of Japanese tourist noticed me as well. It felt funny drawing ‘Zen’ with them looking at me. Despite all this small interruptions, the drawing went extremely well. Maybe because I enjoyed it so much; the drawing and the encounters. The result felt like a little miracle to me.

sacre coeur drawing tekeningAfter I finished the drawing, I went upstairs and lit the candle for my grandmother. It was a morning I will never forget.

The drawing did eventually became an illustration in my book, and I decided to dedicate the book to my grandmother.

If you love the drawing as much as I do, you can order a Art Print  here!

 

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