This was another quick earlier sketch from #DrawingAugust that I decided to doodlewash. The Flame of Liberty in Paris, France is a full-sized, gold-leaf-covered, exact replica of the flame in the Statue of Liberty’s torch, as a symbol of Franco-American friendship.
I used a very different palette for this one just to try something new. This one consists only of Quinacridone Gold, French Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Orange, Indigo and Payne’s Gray. It’s always been a bit overcast and rainy when I’ve been in Paris, so I decided to try and make the sky and scene look more like what I’m used to seeing there.
The flame is perhaps more famous for becoming an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales after her 1997 death in the tunnel beneath the Pont de l’Alma. The flame became an attraction for tourists and followers of Diana, who fly-posted the base with commemorative material and many people who visit it mistakenly think the flame was built for her.
As my virtual tour of France begins to comes to a close in the next couple days, I thought it was fitting to include this link between the US and France. Although it may be a little while before Philippe and I will be heading back there, it’s been fun to go there each day in my sketches. I hope you’ve also enjoyed the trip!