Two weeks from today, Saturday June 17th, my palette knife and I will be in Sedona, Arizona. Painting at the Carré d’artistes fine art gallery in the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
I want to thank all the wonderful family and friends who contritubed to my Indiegogo campaign. You helped my buy my plane tickets and some taco lunches. I can’t wait to eat some fine Mexican food. Paris boasts great food but Tacos are hard to find.
This trip is a big deal for me. Not only the painting exibition but also my personal quest. In the past five months I painted 80 small format paintings for the gallery and 15 large ones. I’m ready to fly and enjoy the Southwest energy.
Here is an underpainting, how I start my paintings. It’s what you’ll see if you arrive early on Saturday. Not this exact image but it gives you an idea of how I work. I used to prime my canvases with a flat color then paint alla-prima. Now I do underpaintings. Lots of people wonder if this is watercolor. It’s not. It is very diluted oil. I like the drips.
I’m hoping to raise just $750 to help buy my plane tickets.
My total expenses will be over $2000 for the four day trip.
One of the perks I’m offering is a postcard-sized watercolor of Sedona’s famous Bell Rock. I’ll write whatever you want and send from Sedona to anywhere in the world. This could be a fun surprise for a friend.
I’m also offering painting workshops, limited edition lithographs, and some original paintings.
If you’ll be in Sedona on Saturday June 17th come see me paint at the
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village 336 State Route 179, Suite B121 86336Sedona, Arizona Tél. : 928-282-8704 Email : email@example.com
Here are some of the large paintings that will befor sale at the gallery. All are oil on canvas.
After the sad decision made by officials in Washington D.C. to sell the United States national parks I am pouring love into every brushstoke. All the paintings I make for my upcoming show in Sedona will be pure love. Gobs of love from my palette to the canvas.
I hope this view will not be spoiled by greed. Condominiums or a hotel.
I will miss this painting when it goes to a happy client’s home. The illusion of distance is a window in my Parisian living room. It is my favorite so far for the Southwest series.
It leaves next week to go to Carré d’artistes Sedona gallery. I’ll be there June 17th and will do a live painting demonstration. All the way from Paris, France.
Yesterday I prepared four new oil paintings of the Southwest. The underpaintings look like watercolors. They are watery, almost drippy. The spots on the floor are proof.
I tend to paint high contrast. See the painting on the shelf, on the right? It’s unfinished. I need to add highlights and details. But it is high contrast.
While studying sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of my professers — the infamous Art Benson— suggested I photograph my sculptures and contemplate the next step. The photograph removed me from the slapdash creative moment.
It was good advice. At the time I didn’t follow much advice.
As I look at the paintings here, on my blog, I see how to proceed in a new way. Less overall contrast could give a dreamy quality, almost illustrative.
I wonder if I am capable of painting with lest contrast. Hmm.
2016 was an excellent year for me. Despite the craziness on the planet I painted circa 350 paintings. Read and listened to 83 audio books. Sculpted and decorated my manga eyes. And painted those four mannequins that pinched a nerve in my back.
In April I had a show with Carré d’artistes in their Saint Germain gallery with excellent sales. Then in November my paintings were at the Luxembourg Art Fair.
In August I began painting landscapes of the American Southwest. These paintings sell faster than I can make them.
For some time I’d wanted to liberate my technique, to go abstract. Painting the red rock formations and big skies , was the ticket.
It’s true that to master your craft you need to produce a massive quantity of work and to stay concentrated.
The result is this final painting for 2016. Up close the details are abstract, the use of the palette knife apparent. Step back and it blends beautifully. It looks hyper-real.
These eyes are the result of 18 months of planning, sketching, trying, failing, sculpting, and destroying . I wanted to break away from my painting. To make something completely new.
Finally I have something satisfactory. But best of all I know where I am going with the series.
The planet’s events in the past 18 months have struck me emotionally. I was supposed to be at dinner over by the Bataclan on Nov 13th. Brexit was a big blow. Then, on July 14th, at the last minute, we decided to not go to the Nice fireworks. It was our first day of vacation. At the end of August I walked right next to the car bomb that did not explode or rue de Buci, close to Notre Dame. Then there was the US elections that traumatized and divided my homeland. These manga eye sculptures are my reaction.
A special thanks to my gallerist, Oscar Seran, for his support.