A painting from another day

original oil painting by Angie Brooksby
original oil painting by Angie Brooksby
Taxi Nite, 120x80cm, oil on canvas ©Angie Brooksby

Counting your blessings is good but sometimes it’s a good idea to look at your accomplishments.

This painting is one of my all time favorites. I first showed it in 2012 at the Grand Marché d’art Contemporain at the Bastille. It went to a gallery in Honfleur and sold quickly.

I painted 66 large format oils of NYC. One I took to BHV, the chic department store on rue de Rivoli. Searching for the framing department I walked around with it under my arm. Some lady asked me, “C’est où qu’on trouve les affiches comment-ça?” Where can you find posters like that?

“I don’t know? I painted this.”

“Ah, bon?”

At the time I was painting in a fabulous atelier in Ivry-sur-Seine at La Fabrique des artistes. No heating, no hot water. Industrial, totally bohemian. I had a boiler  to make tea and a microwave that I never hooked up. The boiler was good because that way I could wash my paint brushes without freezing my hands.

New Parisian Paintings and some numbers

This has been a good year. Here are some numbers.

  • From January to July I painted 168 paintings and sold 153.
  • I painted 4 mannequins. One sold.
  • Since August 15th I’ve painted another 102 small paintings. In November I’ll know how many of those have sold.

In August I began painting for Carré d’artistes Sedona gallery. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to paint desert landscapes. It didn’t seem to fit with the last nine years of urban landscapes. But painting the South West has been liberating, I am thrilled.

My technique has changed. Producing a massive amount of work, painting new scenes and the two months that I did not paint (from June to August when I painted the mannequins) are what boosted my technique.

If you haven’t seen my 15 second video tutorials yet, check out my instagram feed. See the links up on the right.

 

 

 

 

40 paintings for Sedona 

oil painting of Grand Canyon by Angie Brooksby

I began painting these on 8 August. Seeing them like this makes me feel as though it was not much work. It would be hard to calculate the number of individual brushstrokes. In October they will be available at the Carre d’artistes gallery in Sedona.

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Three of these are homages to other artists.

This is one of my favorites. That’s a road not a river.

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This one was a bit of a puzzle. Tiny brushstrokes to create distance. Tiny brushstrokes everywhere.

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Here are some of the larger sizes. Two of these are homages to other painters.

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Because of the limited palette this little one is my favorite out of the forty.

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Some of the smaller ones.

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The audio books I listened to while painting are:

  • The Birth of Classical Europe by Simon Price read by Don Hagan
    • The Brexit results got me questioning the origins of Europe. The massacre in Nice on Bastille day (the equivalent of the USA 4th of July) made me wonder why the Islamic state wants to dominate the planet. I needed to know more about how and when cults came across the continent. Simon Price’s tome raises many questions about how history is studied. I liked that he presents theories and explains why they may contradict eachother. He explains contexts of events and how history was interpreted by our ancestors. Noteworthy to my question is the Assyrian empire — 2300 years before the birth of Christ and 2700 years before Mohammed supposedly lived. It was interesting to me to know that for nearly 5000 years there has been war around the Mediterrenean.
  • Ancient Egypt by Anthony Holmes read by Jonathan Keebe
    • A micro dose of basic history read in one hour
  • The Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
    • Moore is one of my favorite authors. I needed some tragic comedy.
  • Napolean in a Nutshell by Neil Wenborn
    • Another mini history. No doubt Nap was one kickass dude. More warring in the Mediterranean, Europe and the middle East.
  • The Mental Floss History of the World by Steve Wiegand and Erik Sass read by my favorite voice artist Johnny Heller
    • Highly recommended. It’s irreverent and informative. It includes silly but very intersting facts like the invention of the condom, firecrackers and more. It’s definitely one of my all time favorite books. A  quote quoted from Democlytes, “Good times lead to complacency and weekness.”

No doubt the last few generations of western cultures have lived good times. We are complacent and weak. It’s time to wake up and take responsibility for the humanitarian crisis we have allowed our leaders to create.

Preview of paintings

original oil painting by angie brooksby

Here is a preview of some of the paintings already for sale at the gallery. 

Live painting painting demonstration 16 and 17 April.

Carré d’artistes – 66, rue Saint André des Arts, 75006 

Tél. : 01 43 25 61 72
Email : parissaintgermain@carredartistes.com

Paris Art Web – Honfleur

Rosé
Rosé – Brooksby © 2014

Last weekend I was in Honfleur, close to where the Seine exits into the Atlantic. Honfleur’s sister city, in the United States, is Burlington, Vermont.

 There are numerous art galleries, including Paris Art Web  gallery, which represents my work. I’m honored to be repped by Oscar, he’s fantastic.

Rosé, the above painting, was on my living room wall. But now it is in Honfleur. It’s a scene from a café in place Saint Medard, in Paris.

I’ve had mixed reactions to this painting. One client loved it except for the mobile phones. That’s the best part. It’s contemporary Paris. I also love the transparency of the wine bottle.

Two of the people in the painting are my friends. Beav, I’m looking at you!