Double courtyard Rue Rodier Paris France

TerrillWelch

Mayne Island, Canada

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This double courtyard is the shared space of a whole hive of Parisians. It is a sanctuary from the city itself.

The day before I promised myself that I would paint this double courtyard. After a full day at Musée d’Orsay, I had little time, light or energy left but decided to make a go of it anyway. To me, Paris is not just about the Louvre, D’Orsay, Jardin Tuileries, Eiffel Tower and street-side cafes. It is not about high fashion either. In fact, I have seen very little evidence of that. Nor is it just good food. What Paris is to me is the ability to share small amounts of private space with such regard and politeness for each other. During the 45 minutes I was painting, more than twenty people came and went in the courtyard. Some just said Bonjour Madame or Bonsoir Madame but most stopped to say a few words. These courtyards are an intimate connection between neighbours… not quite friends for the most part and not as close as family but more familiar than the street, or the cafe and much more familiar than most North American neighbours are with each other. Once the outside door of the double courtyard closes, this is home and it is treated as such even if it is shared with probably more than a hundred people. This is Paris to me.

25 × 35 cm plein air acrylic painting sketch on 185 lb paper

Paris France

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