All paintings by Paul Ferney (Left to right, from top: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8)
American artist Paul Ferney is currently living in Paris and spent the summer of 2011 painting a series of parisian scenes for his Little Paris Paintings collection. Following in the footsteps of his mother (who is also an artist) Paul soon developed a love for oil painting, a skill he clearly demonstrates in this series of paintings. I’m certainly no expert when it comes to paintings but I do know this: it takes a lot for me to really fall for a painting. Photography prints? I’m falling head over heels for a new one of those almost daily, but rarely ever do paintings grab me so instantaneously. Yet these works caught my eye and imagination from the first time I clicked through to the site. I admire Paul’s use of colour and depth of detail in each storefront painting, and how when you look closely, such as through windows, you can see small signs of life from people at tables to glowing lamps. Here I’ve pulled together a selection of my favourites from the series, but which of Paul’s Paris paintings do you like best?  Be sure to read more about Paul, view his portfolio and, if you like, shop his Little Paris series.

Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. These are all gorgeous, but I am quite partial with anything Parisian these days 🙂 I love the cafe scenes the best with gorgeous details of the awnings and tables and chairs. So lovely! xx

  2. I love the paintings- they really bring Paris memories back! I've been meaning to post about them for ages, must get round to it!

  3. These are lovely Will. I'm a bit the same with paintings, love photography and prints in droves but find fewer pairings that I must have!

    Abbey x

  4. It is one thing to photograph a boulangerie but to paint them and capture so much life, colour and emotion Paul Ferney I can see it runs in the blood.

    Thanks Will
    Carla x

  5. Wow this are yummy. I struggle with paintings partly because I like them really really small or huge – no in between. These really make you feel like you are in Paris – thanks for sharing Will

  6. @Blog About Design – That one is lovely, with the shelves of pastries(?!) in the window!

    @Rachel, Hannah, Mary, Igor – I'm always partial to anything Parisian! 😉 Love the colourful awnings as well.

    @Heather, Miss Rubio – I know, right? Super creative and inspiring couple.

    @Meenal – Yes, those details make them so interesting to look at I think.

    @Abbey – I'm keen to invest in a painting soon. It might stop my financial ability to keep impulse buying photographic prints! 😉 x

    @Carla – 100% agree with you on that! x

    @Deborah – You lived in Paris? So envious!

    @littletree – Great choice on the one with the blue doors! A beautiful vibrancy to that blue hue. x

  7. I love these paintings Will. I'm an impressionist at hearts and these really speak to me.

    Thanks for sharing the work of this talented artists.

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.