Painting in Paris? Sounds a bit cliché, doesn't it? But it is truly charming too. If you fancy yourself as an artist, there's no better city you'd want to paint than the French capital. You already know that it's a beautiful destination, but once you look at it with an artist's eye, you might discover something new. And before you know it, your art will be hanging in the most famous museums in Paris
! Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, you can start making it into a reality by painting in Paris, especially in spots like Trocadéro, Pont des Arts, Canal Saint Martin, and Sacré-Cœur!
Since it sits right across the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro is really where you ought to go painting in Paris. If you go there now, you'll find that the place is already filled with artists trying to depict the world-famous monument in their own way. And yes, you may think that painting the Eiffel Tower is a bit cliché, especially since legendary artists have also gone on to paint the landmark and their works really did end up in prominent museums. But you gotta start somewhere, right? And painting the Eiffel Tower, no matter how common, is not a bad starting point.
Pont des Arts
As one of the famous bridges in Paris, Pont des Arts is also a great spot for painting. And it works both ways too. It's a great spot to paint as well as to paint from. Looking at the bridge from afar, you'd realize that this picture of Paris is worth depicting on your canvas. Depending on which side of the Seine River you're painting on, you can see the Eiffel Tower from one side and the gorgeous Institut de France from the other. They present two different but equally beautiful scenes in the French capital.
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Seine River Banks
Since you're already by the Seine River, why not paint on the banks as well? It's no secret that the Seine is among the most scenic rivers in the world. Standing on the banks gives you a new perspective of the city, one that you could capture on your canvas. Sure, you can still include the famous landmarks that are near the river—the most famous of which is Notre Dame. But you can also paint the people who hang out here too. Couples on a date, little kids playing by the water, friends hanging out, and more. That's a part of the city you rarely see in works of art!
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Canal Saint Martin
Even though Canal Saint Martin is a lot less famous compared to the Seine River, it's by no means less beautiful. Some would even argue that Canal Saint Martin is more picturesque than the latter, especially when it comes to painting in Paris. The canal is lined with more trees after all. You should see it in autumn! It becomes one of the most beautiful spots in Paris
. From the fall foliage floating on the water to the golden-rendered trees enveloping the canal, there's no way your painting of this scene won't look good!
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Sacré-Cœur on top of Montmartre
hill is another one of those spots for painting in Paris that goes both ways. It's good for being the subject of your painting as well as your vantage point to paint the rest of the city. For one thing, its majesty is incomparable. Though it's not the most famous church in Paris, it's definitely one of, if not the most beautiful. Whether it's against a bright blue sky or dark grey clouds, it will still look incredible in your artwork. And if you position your easel atop Montmartre hill instead, the views you'd get to paint are second to none!
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Jardin de Luxembourg
Although there are plenty of parks in Paris
worth painting, Jardin de Luxembourg stands out as one of the best. A grand mansion amidst a well-curated garden peppered with sculptures and colorful flowerbeds? If that's not worth depicting on your canvas, then what is? This park is one of the few that still looks like it belongs in the old world of Paris. You can easily imagine a Grand Duke living in that mansion and walking these gardens with his family. Who knows? You can paint that exact scene for your masterpiece as a new interpretation of the park!
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And finally, there's Belleville Park. Located on Rue des Couronnes in the 20th arrondissement
of Paris, it's a beautiful patch of greenery amidst such an urban landscape. And since it's atop Belleville Hill, the views from here are outstanding. This is the perfect spot for painting the famous landscape, complete with many of its famous landmarks. And while this sounds like it's been over and done with, you can always make your own interpretation of what the city looks like from this vantage point. You'd be surprised at how different your vision of the French capital might look compared to other works of art!
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Painting in Paris? Don't just go to any random spot! Set up your easel in places that will give you lots of inspiration. Who knows? If look carefully and choose the right spot, you might end up making a masterpiece!