Yesterday, the whole of Paris seemed to be enjoying the Jardin de
Luxembourg in the spring sunshine. I was curious to see if the
coulour of the chairs had changed since the early 80’s when I first drew
them as a fille au pair. There was nobody else there on the
freezing day I did these drawings, but the chairs seemed to be having a
conversation as though they were human beings.
I can remember thanks to these drawings that I was using a ‘mixed media’
technique picked up at art school in Cape Town. But the materials I was
using had been brought to Paris after buying them second hand from an
artist friend who was leaving London. The drawing was first loosely mapped
out with a light gray felt tipped pen and then outlined with pencil and
coloured in pencil crayon.
The colour of the chairs in my drawings is a washed out verdigris.
Nowadays they are a light olive green, the colour of an exquisitely chic
The thing I still like about these drawings is that I think, if you look
really carefully, you can see that I didn’t do them from photographs.
Paris is such an inspiring place to be.