Yesterday was supposed to rain all afternoon, so we got out fairly early to the coffee shop opposite the Trocadero. It is such a beautiful building. I drew it a couple of weeks ago in my tiny Fabriano sketchbook that I really find too restrictive. I wanted to draw this whole centre area. Unfortunately they’ve painted it two shades of cream, both quite bland but one a little more pink. Once I’d got the colours on I realised that to do what the drawings needed, I had to beef up the colours a bit. Much happier when I’d done that.
What a shame when they restored the building they didn’t paint it with a bit more pizzazz. It looked more interesting, though a bit sad and forlorn before they painted it. See the 2001 photograph on this page. I am left wondering if there are any early drawings of it with colour so that we would know how it was painted in it’s heyday.