Honeymoon in Paris

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.

I started with a somewhat abstract background
You can see some of the remaining sketch marks of the Eiffel Tower…

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…

Dabbled with the background a little more
Dabbled with the background a little more

Then it was time to redraw the Eiffel Tower.

Then started redrawing the Eiffel Tower...
It was slightly faster the second time around, luckily.

I proceeded to give it some color.

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Finally starting to look recognizable

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.

The fun part, adding details to everything
Let there be light!!!

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.

Insert lovely couple <3
Insert lovely couple <3

 And the final finished painting!

Merna and Senan at the Eiffel Tower - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Merna and Senan at the Eiffel Tower – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas
Zoomed in view of the Eiffel Tower
Zoomed in view of the Eiffel Tower
Zoomed in view of Merna and Senan
Zoomed in view of Merna and Senan
And here it is displayed in my home
And here it is displayed in my home

 

And lastly, a side view, where you can see the painting is extended along the edges.
And lastly, a side view, where you can see the painting is extended along the edges.

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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8 thoughts on “Honeymoon in Paris

  • August 29, 2013 at 11:14 am
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    Awesome! I love your technique!

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    • August 31, 2013 at 6:54 am
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      Thank you 🙂 Makes me happy to hear you enjoy my work.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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    Great to see a painting in progress. I really liked the early stages before the firgures were added. It had such a vibrant and luminous quality!

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    • August 31, 2013 at 6:55 am
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      Thanks for the comment Andrew.
      I agree with you. Had this not been a commissioned painting, I think I would have left it without the figures in it actually.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm
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    Totally agree on Paris. I didn’t care we were going either. We spent a few nights in the apartment a friend had rented for the summer there. I walked all over the city, we had our portrait painted on Montemarte, ate at the local patisseries and cafes in that arrondissement. It was awesome! I think Paris has an atmosphere that is completely different than other European cities.

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    • August 31, 2013 at 6:57 am
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      Yes, it was such an unexpected surprise! I’ve heard similar things about Vienna, although I’ve never been.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 8:30 am
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    You are an amazing artist and I would love a picture of Paris like this,. I’ve never been there but my husband and I are planning on getting there as soon as possible…..

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    • August 31, 2013 at 10:58 am
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      I highly recommend going. I think you’ll love it. I have yet to meet someone who didn’t.

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