I have not posted any work since April due to the renovation of my home and studio. Everything is going well and most of the heavy construction is done. Today they are installing the downstairs bathroom. My next step is painting the walls...I have beautiful bold colors in mind!
These past couple of weeks I have been getting ready for my "One person show" Small work on paper and woodpanels (November 14th through December 19th) at the Jaffrey Civic Center in NH. Over forty paintings will be exhibited. I hope some of you will be able to stop by and see my work in person.
During my three-month stay in French Polynesia,
I was sailing aboard a commercial freighter
one evening from Tahiti to a smaller island.
Because there were no passenger cabins on the ship,
I slept on deck with the natives.
I spent a sleepless night but was rewarded
early the next morning by
a magnificent and remarkable moonset.
Like a mirror, the smooth sea reflected the moon
and early morning colors.
This painting represents the magic of that moment.
This week, I have been concentrating on painting
I drew upon my memories of Venice, Italy, to create this sunset.
It is a city that captured my heart a few years back.
I hope to return there very soon.
Today, we are having another snow storm. Gigi and Lady are staying warm cuddled together in their favorite chair. Through the window, they are watching the large snowflakes floating and dancing slowly toward the ground.
As a school girl,
I would spend some of my summer vacations
on the rugged French Brittany coast.
With my three cousins,
I would spend most of my days
on the beach or climbing the cliffs looking for small grottoes.
In these grottoes, my girl cousin and I would hide our treasures:
shells, colorful stones and sea glass,
while my boy cousins would hide theirs:
dead crabs and other odd dead creatures, old shoes,
rusted metal and old bottles.
We called our hide away "Treasure Cove."
From memory I created this painting
remembering those imaginative years.
This is my second oil pastel on paper this week.
I love the atmosphere and richness of colors that oil pastel creates.
This is an imaginary landscape.
Brittany, were I spent my summer vacations as a school girl
was the inspiration.
This is the final step of the painting.
I decided to turn it upside down.
I like its story-telling quality better.
Some details still need to be worked on,
mostly in the red mountain shape, in the lower portion.
I find this area too transparent. "Pompeii" seems a very appropriate title for this painting. Please, watch the video I linked to about Pompeii.
Today, I thought I would post one of my miniatures. I painted this from memory. While walking through a bird sanctuary, I remember enjoying the peaceful sounds of nature and the reflections in the water. Looking up, toward the horizon I saw a city, a fog caressing its buildings. Suddenly, it was transformed into a mysterious and magical place.
I had a desire to play with watercolor today. Brittany is still on my mind; memories from childhood during my summer vacations. Many island lie off the coast of Brittany, and when I looked out at them at twilight, they always seemed so mysterious.
My last posting was about Brittany's dramatic landscapes, its mysteries and dark legends. I wish I could share the Breton music and their dance with everyone. I took this picture during a Breton festival. The bagpipe music was haunting and the dancing contagious.
As a child, I spent my summer vacations in Brittany, France.
It is a land of dramatic landscapes, mystery, magic and dark legends.
One legend among thousands says Merlin is imprisoned in Broceliande's forest, trapped by Vivianne the Fay (Lady of the Lake). The Broceliande forest is located in central Brittany near the town of Paimpont.
In this painting I tried to capture Brittany's dramatic landscapes, mystery, magic and legends.
Acrylic and collage element on watercolor paper.
8" x 8" 20cm x 20 cm
comes with acid-free mat and 11'x11' frame
In February1998, I was able to travel to Venice, Italy. I witnessed theCarnival of Venice first hand. It was an amazing experience, a dream come true. This is the first painting of a series I have in mind.
Acrylic on watercolor paper. I used a palette knife.
I struggled with the title of this painting. First I called it "Red Sea," then "Tornado." I felt very unsatisfied with these titles. I finally came up with "Parting of the Red Sea." I think it is perfect for this piece.
I always loved medieval cities. As a French school girl my family and I would visit old ramparts and castles during weekends and holidays. It was a very special time for me. I was such a dreamer, my imagination would always run wild. When walking through the small streets I always felt surrounded by mystery. The old stones of the buildings seemed to have absorbed all the past habitants' secrets, century after century. What were those secrets?
I used watercolor, acrylic and oil pastel on watercolor paper.
I was thinking of Brittany, France, when I created this painting. As a child I spent my summer vacations there at my uncle's farm. Every night, before supper, my cousins and I would have to bring the cows home. I remember having to walk and run through wet fields until we found the cows. We played and laughed all the way, and on many nights we came home soaking wet and covered in mud.
Acrylic on watercolor paper. I used a palette knife.
In March 2000 I traveled to French Polynesia. Bora Bora's lagoon is still on my mind. I remember the magnificent skies at twilight. They were like a "painting a day". I tried to capture the skies' colors in this piece.
Acrylic on watercolor paper. I used a brush and a palette knife to add more texture.
I wanted to create a lively image of a lagoon....fast racing clouds, agitated water. I used a lot of texture with mixed media on watercolor paper. Lately I have tried to be more spontaneous with my daily paintings.
This painting is 4"x 5". I used acrylic on watercolor paper with a limited palette. I am attempting to create atmosphere in my present body of work. This is one of the first pieces of the series which ended up as my Christmas card for 2007.
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Welcome to my Art Journal
In January 2007, I decided to paint every day. I began with 2" x 2" paintings then to the larger pieces displayed on this page. I became fascinated with these creations and I just could not wait for the next day to paint a new one, then two, then three.....I do enjoy the discipline of painting every day and the fact that at the end of the evening I have a number of completed works on my desk. To see the 2' X 2" miniatures click here.