I've been in Paris for just over a week now; a week that just happens to be the hottest Paris has experienced (and I've experienced) for a loooooong time. Every day has been around 30C and often above, reaching a high of 34C earlier this week. It has been incredibly humid and sticky, leaving us feeling very lethargic and making it difficult to work effectively. Apartments in Paris don't tend to have air conditioning, so by the end of the day it's pretty uncomfortable and it doesn't cool down very much at night either. I've had maybe one decent night's sleep since I arrived! The mother of all thunderstorms arrived on Tuesday afternoon though, and it seemed to cool things down temporarily. It looks as if we may have another tonight, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I don't fare well in the heat (I'm definitely an Autumn/Winter person) and I'm longing for some cooler days and a fresh breeze.
We're actually house sitting for a friend of Leon's while he and his family are away this month, so every morning I walk to Leon's apartment to work, which takes about ten minutes (both places are in the 20th Arrondissement). I pass these beautiful buildings on my way there and as I always have my iPad Mini with me, I stopped one day to take a couple of snapshots to share with you.
We also went to a fantastic art store last Friday so I could stock up with new paint colours and some other supplies (yes, I found fluorescents!), called Geant des Beaux Arts on Rue de la Roquette. I recommend stopping by if you're in Paris - they have everything you could possibly wish for. I was in art supply heaven. We also found a great little Italian restaurant for lunch, just a few metres up the road from the art store. Pretty much the perfect outing!
I've also eaten more ice cream and sorbet this week than possibly any week of my life so far.
Waiting for a train on another of our outings - I love the Concorde metro station with its lettered ceramic tiles and old style wooden benches.
This is just part of the view from my work desk / studio corner in Leon's apartment, looking out over the rooftops towards the twin towers, Les Mercuriales, on the outskirts of Paris. I never tire of this view as it constantly changes with the weather, time of day, and the seasons (although we've yet to experience anything other than Spring and Summer in this apartment as Leon only moved in three months or so ago).
Another cafe pitstop, this time on a very hot Saturday afternoon, after a trip to La Grande Epicerie.
Despite the heat and a tendency / desperate need to nap in the afternoons after another hot and sleepless night, I am actually managing to work a little, and I'll be back soon to share the new pieces with you. In the meantime, you can see a small original gouache painting called Neon Trees in the shop as a little taster of just some of the new work...