New Work. Paint on canvas.
This old tobacco tin with its bashed up lid is from a time when it was cool to smoke. Times have changed but the tin still remains, with its bold lettering and lively colours.
New painting of an old subject : these ancient standing stones in Carnac, Brittany have been there since around 4500 BC. There are over 4000 on the site, spread over 4km. I tried to capture some of the light there. Here's a detail :
Well, here we are again. This seascape is what it is really : a wall by the sea. If we look a little further, we could say that it's a brief moment of freedom in this world of written and unwritten rules! Below, is a close up detail of the painting:
I don't normally go back to a painting once finished, but I've made an exception to add color to this one, with more blues and pink over the greens I found too drab. You can scroll down to the older version if you want to try and spot the difference.
New work. This cobbler's shop can be found on the Wirral in northwest England. I used water based acrylic paints to paint this picture. I'm quite happy with colors. I chose some shimmering metallic paints: gold, copper, blues and reds that change color when you move around the painting and when the light moves over its surface.
Oils on canvas I enjoyed paintng this copy of Bedroom in Arles, one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. It's a great way to really observe another artist's work, something that Mr Van Gogh did throughout his painting career. He actually painted 3 different versions of La Chambre à Arles. My painting is based on the last version he painted and can be found in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. I've tried to keep the feel of the original picture without trying to exactly imitate the artist's brushwork. Also, I tried to stay close to the colours of the painting today (the colours will have changed since he painted it in 1889). My version is actually 30 cm less wide than the original (57.5 x 74 cm) and I will be hanging it on my wall presently!
This painting represents the imposing German U-boat submarine base built in Lorient, France during the World War II occupation. It took 15, 000 workers and 900 000 m³ of concrete to build in 1941. In 1943, allied bombers tried in vain to destroy the base dropping 4000 tonnes of bombs on the town, flattening most of Lorient's historical buildings in the process.
Oils on canvas I enjoyed the creaminess of the oils for this one, compared to the more fluid acrylics I normally favour. When I saw the flags against the blue sky I thought of Claude Monet's 1870 picture : Hôtel des roches noires, Trouville. All the best for the New Year by the way!
Oils on canvas I recently did an art exhibition in the garden of a building facing this church. During the exhibition, this view caught my eye, with the church 'framed' by the other stone buildings. And now it's a painting!
Soft pastels on paper 30 x 40 cm Same church, different window. This time a view from inside the building. I think the soft 'dusty' pastels lend themselves well to the subject of light and the 'dazzle' effect I've tried to recreate.
Soft pastels on pape Your colour palette comes to life In the morning sunlight You're forever twenty years or more Like a rose before the storm You're my world, my heart, my soul A circle around my life
This painting 'Vines and Mountains' has won a bronze medal at a 'salon des arts' in southern France. It can sometimes be difficult to put a price on a piece of artwork... but it's good to know that someone, somewhere thinks this one is worth a medal!