NOTRE-DAME, PARIS

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An Aus­tralian artist spe­cial­iz­ing in oil paint­ings of his coun­try’s flora, Stephen Travers ( stephen­traver­sart.com) took up sketch­ing on a re­cent trip to Eu­rope, find­ing par­tic­u­lar in­spi­ra­tion in the French cap­i­tal. “I love the den­sity of vis­ual rich­ness to be seen in Paris,” he says. “Es­pe­cially the re­s­plen­dent Gothic bulk of Notre-Dame Cathe­dral, whose twin tow­ers keep a re­as­sur­ing watch over the com­ings and go­ings of the city.” This draw­ing de­picts the east­ward view from the Ga­lerie des Chimères, the bal­cony of grotesques that runs be­tween those tow­ers. “I was en­thralled by this glimpse of the rooftops of Île de la Cité caught be­tween gar­goyles and a small transept spire. While the view in the other di­rec­tion to­ward the Eif­fel Tower is more fa­mous (and cer­tainly mag­nif­i­cent), I al­ways look to cap­ture less ob­vi­ous per­spec­tives.”

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