This is the second of the three commissioned paintings I did for Merna, who requested them as a gift for her fiance Senan’s 30th birthday. [See the first one here, in case you missed it]
In my post Cheating – Part 1, the first point I mentioned is how I don’t sketch out my paintings in advance, and always just start with a background, then worry about the foreground later. Well, not sure what was going through my head this day (the insane heat wave maybe???), but I decided it was a good idea to draw the Eiffel Tower in all its detailed glory first and then start painting.
It probably took me a solid 2 hours to draw everything on the canvas, since this actually required a ruler and some planning. People recognize the Eiffel Tower…can’t just go with the flow for it unfortunately! As soon as I started painting I realized I’m incapable of painting inside the lines and I painted over my whole sketch! Lesson learned. I have a system. Stop trying to fight it.
This resulted in having to re-draw everything once the background dried. Ie. the way I normally paint! I could have entirely skipped that first round of drawing (and saved 2 hours of my time) if I just went with what I intuitively knew works for me…
Then it was time to redraw the Eiffel Tower.
I proceeded to give it some color.
Next was the part I enjoy the most, just cleaning everything up and making it look like the image I had imagined in my head from the beginning.
This painting is meant to be another scene from Merna and Senan’s honeymoon (which hasn’t taken place yet) however this one was slightly less challenging since she wanted it to be of them looking at the Eiffel Tower. For starters, we all know what the Eiffel Tower looks like, and I only had to paint them from behind, admiring it.
And the final finished painting!
And that’s that! I really enjoyed painting this one, since I really love Paris. I went there back in 2007 after a cycling trip through the Loire Valley in France and I remember not really caring much about going to Paris since I assumed it was overrated and touristy. Well, I ate my words. It’s worth all the hype it gets, in my opinion. Have you ever been to Paris? What did you think?
Alright Merna and Senan, I’m looking forward to a picture from your honeymoon in this exact same pose! Usually the honeymoon comes first, then the painting of it, but since we’re working backwards here, you guys have a mission to recreate this scene 🙂
This painting was commissioned so it is obviously sold, however, be sure to check out my other paintings, prints (NEW!!), and information about commissioning your own painting here.
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