Watercolor, 18” x 24”, $950
Once you have seen all the (remarkable and very worthwhile) tourist-friendly icons of this wonderful city, you need to walk. And walk a lot. And walk every day. It’s the best way I know of to sink into the rhythm of ordinary life in a city, and Paris is a wonderfully walkable city. When I have a chance to go there nowadays, that’s pretty much all I do. It’s on these walks through neighborhoods, where, for all their ordinariness, color and texture are always inviting closer investigation, that I feel a lot of warm and simple pleasure. At a Paris street market, picking up a tempting-looking pear and smelling it is not a no-no!