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Saturday, 16 December 2017

ADAM AND EVE IN BLU

“Adam and Eve in Blu” is another study for the life-size pair of paintings on the same subject that I’m currently working on. The large paintings will go on show at an exhibition I’m having at Château du Fréchou in Gascony, France. 
This painting is done in watercolour, acrylic and black ink. The paper size is 42 x 59 cms The actual image is 35 x 43 cms. The work is signed, titled, dated and embossed.

If it’s bought, it will be posted in a very durable cardboard tube. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

STUDY FOR A LIFE-SIZE PAINTING OF EVE

My life-size paintings of Adam and Eve have gone into hibernation. (They will both be part of my exhibition at the Château du Fréchou in summer 2018).  But it’s too cold to work in my studio which is the only place in the house that’s convenient for paintings of that size. (They’re each 2 metres tall). However, as they are by no means finished—in fact, they’re in the preliminary "blocking out" stage—I’m amusing myself by doing studies for the figures of both Adam and Eve. 
By chance I recently saw Damien Hirst’s GQ cover photo of Rhianna as Medusa. (Obviously inspired by Caravaggio’s famous painting). Needless to say snakes would be ideal for Eve’s hair. So this is a watercolour study for my big painting of Eve. You can see the original on Saatchi online.

Monday, 4 December 2017

HOW TO PAINT A CHATEAU

This is the Chateau du Frechou. It dates back to 1280. The painting is for Jean-Michel, the owner who lives and works in the chateau. The painting is done from a scaled up photo Jean-Michel sent me.
As you can see, because it’s so obvious, my Adam & Eve series has been moved to the back burner. They’ve had to make way for several other projects that needed to be completed before Christmas. Problem is, it’s now winter. My studio is cold and the days are short. So Adam and Eve will be in hibernation (low body temperature, slow breathing, low heart rate, and low metabolic rate) until the spring. But my plans are developing quite well for my exhibition next year. It’ll be called "Adam & Eve and other paintings". Guess where? Quite right, the Chateau du Frechou.



The Chateau du Frechou


Adam & Eve series



Thursday, 2 November 2017

MEET EVE



This is Eve

Eve is on her way to join Adam (for his details please see the previous post).
They’re both lifesize—each is painted on two panels measuring 1 metre x 1 metre and set one above the other.
The pair will be the centrepiece for an exhibition I’m planning for summer 2018.
The working title is “ADAM & EVE AND OTHER PAINTINGS IN FRANCE”.
The rough plan is to have about 10 male and female nudes (Adam & Eve) juxtaposed with about the same numbers of French landscapes.
Let’s hope it works out something along these lines.

This is Eve after a change in direction

Friday, 22 September 2017

HOW TO PAINT A LIFE-SIZE FIGURE

A TWO METRE TALL ADAM
My plan here is to paint a life-size male nude: Adam. 
And when it’s finished, I’ll do a life-size female nude, Eve. These two works will become part of my Adam & Eve series of paintings. 
Here’s a bit of maths to start off with: According to Wikipedia the average height of a male in France (where I live) is 175 centimetres tall. 
For compositional reasons I’ll need some space at the top and bottom of the painting, so I’ve decided that the overall canvas size should be two metres tall by one metre wide. 
STEP ONE
Get a mount (a canvas or board) with the right dimensions. For practical reasons I’ve chosen two canvases measuring 1 metre by 1 metre. Then I fixed them together.
I’ve used an acrylic sizing medium as an undercoat.
A stepladder is needed to get to the higher bits.
STEP TWO 
Block in your image. 
I’ve used a grid system to transfer the basic drawing I did on paper onto the two canvasses.
STEP THREE
Start filling in the colour—it's just like painting by numbers.
STEP FOUR
Keep going until the whole canvas is covered in colour. 
I’ll add a photo of the finished painting as soon as it’s ready.

WHAT’S NEXT
Watch this space for further developmrnts—and then for how Eve progresses.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A POLITICAL PICNIC IN THE FOREST

Every year , local farmer and politician Jacques Rapetti invites us to a grand picnic in a clearing in the forest on his farm.
It's a great outing, starting with apéros and snacks just get everyone into the right mood. This year a couscous entree was followed by lamb and feves.
All washed down with copies amounts of white, red and rosé wine. Dessert was a choice of north African pastries - followed by a large armagnac digestif! Naturally.
Not bad for a forest picnic hey?
Three tame Anglo Saxons waiting for service.
Jacques Rapetti, Ray and Jean Jaurès, founder of the newspaper l’humanity.
Thanks Bernadette for the pics. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Thijs, Jose and Catherine

Our Dutch friends have been back to La Petite Galerie again.
Thijs and Jose were here for three weeks over the hottest part of the summer, and their English friend,  Catherine,  joined them for a week.
We went to Larressingle to paint one morning before it got too hot.


But the highlights (for us anyway) of their stay were two memorable meals they cooked for us.
A few nights before they left, the food Jose and Thijs prepared was nothing less than OUTSTANDING.
Plus he spoiled us with lots of wonderful wine that Thijs had collected - and a vintage bottle of Champagne they had brought with them.
This probably helped when a storm erupted later in the evening. But we were all enjoying ourselves so much that we ignored the rain and went on eating - and drinking.
Here’s what we ate (in my words which might not be accurate): 3 carrot based 'amuse bouches’, celery and parsley soup, avocado and Ricard puree with crab, white fish with coquille St Jacques and prawns in a reduced bouillabaisse sauce, Guinea fowl in a special jus with cauliflower puree & beetroot. A dessert that I can only describe as chocolate mousse - but it was much, much better than the mundane name I’ve given it.
Not bad hey?


I told Thijs that whenever he got tired of his practice and psychoanalyst role, he’d have no difficulty establishing a five star restaurant anywhere in France - and beyond.