"Faces of Pont Neuf"

pastel 13" x 5" 2002

The famous Pont Neuf, despite its name (New Bridge), is the oldest bridge crossing the Seine River in Paris. It enchants us all with its string of characters, lining each side. These stone faces were in the process of being cleaned while I was there and this one had just received a good scrubbing - a true Parisian happy face. Parisians think Americans smile with no reason, that we're either idiots or trying to get something. I'm hoping they will get used to our natural friendliness. I started this pastel in my studio on Halloween, as seemed appropriate. The long format also captures a partial sun face on the bridge railing. Perhaps it's smiling.