A Thousand and One Art Series

French Riviera-Nice

This first piece, French Riviera- Nice was the first full blown digital illustration I created. If you have ever been to Nice, this city that sits along the French Riviera, and walked to Promenade des Anglais (the boardwalk along the beach), then one of the first things you will notice is the pinkish walkway that runs parallel to the coastal highway on one side and the beach on the other side.

My first experience seeing the beach was in 2014 on my way to my home stay family’s abode. I had just been picked up from the airport and was taking in all the sights and sounds of this new city. It was my first time in France and I was filled with joy, hope and excitement. I whipped out my phone once we approached the part of the highway that borders the coastline that runs into the Mediterranean Sea and started taking a video which you can see here.  Little did I know that this moment will inspire an art piece six years later when I started creating images for my blog post.

My second experience seeing the Promenade des Anglais was with my group of friends from my study abroad program. There is something uplifting about walking along the pink walkway with the interesting architecture like the Negresco on one side and a bright blue sea shimmering radiantly on the other side.

This beach looks different than any other I have been to. The iconic blue and white umbrellas are inviting and the actual beach is covered with dark gray and marbled pebbles so when you lay down, better make sure you take a thick towel to soften the prodding from the mostly rounded stones.

Now, going back to the artwork, I wanted to capture the spirit of discovering the Promenade des Anglais for the first time. I made sure to use bright colors because there is nothing dull about nice. Not the buildings with yellow, orange, or pink facades, not the people who take their small dogs on trains and buses, and definitely not the beach aesthetic. To me, this image is the heart of Nice.  Or at least, where I first fell in love with the city and so it is where my heart stays in Nice.

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