Dolphin Dives

Dolphin Painting

… Animal Paintings Beyond Realism 03 …

In my last post I introduced my new series of “Animal Paintings beyond Realism”, inspired by a painting group recently created by Studio Tolere. The first of the series featured a dog, the second depicted owls. Today I present a new painting of the series, done in acrylics, gouache, China ink and pastel chalk. It is called

“Dolphin Dives”

My emotional connection to dolphins goes back almost 50 years (scary to think how long ago it is!) when the American TV show Flipper was broadcast. I guess just about any child in this world and of my generation, and perhaps of later generations too, knows and loves Flipper. I am no exception. I deeply enjoyed the show and since then have kept a very emotional connection to dolphins. A deep fascination too…

I had a few more experiences with dolphins in my life. When I was around 20 years old, I had a German boyfriend, who was a diving instructor on his holidays, in Spain and in Thailand. Where we spent our holidays in Spain, there was a Zoo not too far away, with a dolphin show. Once my friend was called to perform a special task in the pool where the dolphins swam. It was incredibly touching to see him swimming among them, and to witness how playful they were, and how they let him come closer and caress them. They seemed to enjoy it so much! It was again a very deep experience, confirming that Flipper did ‘exist’, that it was not only an American show.

Now I will make a jump of 20 more years. I was on a sailing boat, sailing with my brother from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands. I was on the deck, keeping an eye on everything while the captain -my brother- was reading in the cabin. In fact there was nothing to keep an eye on, as we were all alone on this immensity of water which is the Atlantic ocean. And suddenly HE appeared… he swam some seconds along with us, then dived into the water. I was in shock. To see dolphins on the TV is nice, to see them in a zoo is great, but to see them in the wild is  just… beyond words! I ran down to the cabin and told my brother that there was a dolphin outside. When I say “told”, it is wrong : in fact I was hysterically screaming. He looked through the porthole but he could not see anything. I had my eyes glued to the glass, but could not see anything, then ran up to the deck again, spent hours watching the sea, but my dolphin never appeared again… I was immensely sad, I had the feeling to have lost a very dear friend. I thought that my screams had probably scared him away…And to add to my sadness, my brother never believed that I had seen the dolphin..

Last but not least, about 15 years later again… In June 2013 my partner Kev Moore and me were on a little painting trip up the coast here, to a seaside town called “Aguilas”, not too far from our house. Just some days out to “restart the system” and find new inspiration. We went on a boat trip, on a boat called Don Pancho. And there HE was again… here is what Kevin is writing about the experience:

“… the whole crew were great, and clearly loved their job, or at least gave a superb impression of doing so. Smiles all round, and the guy tasked with the commentary on our jaunt up the wilder coastline to the north of Aguilas was passionate about his subject.  When the sleek dorsal fin of a dolphin broke the surface off our port bow, he was about as ecstatic as we were.  I can only say it was mesmerizing. Time after time it buzzed our vessel, playing with the wake, darting off, leaping out of the water to our cries of childish delight. Witnessing a dolphin in the wild makes one regress. It reduces life to a microcosm of simplicity, to something almost Utopian. It speaks to the very depth of your being, of freedom, innocence and sheer, unadulterated joy. I’ve swum with dolphins in Venezuela, but they were in captivity, more’s the pity. This is were they belong, and seeing one exuberant, dancing on the waves where it’s supposed to be, is a privilege, and something I’ll never forget…”

I could not say it better! The meeting with that dolphin was one of the deepest and most emotional experiences in my whole life! And this time, at least, I had witnesses…

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Thinking of Tolere…

Animal Paintings Beyond Realism

… Dogs …

Inspired by a new group in Fine Art America, created by Studio Tolere, and called “Animals Paintings Beyond Realism”, I decided to give it a go and try to create a series of animal paintings satisfying to following description and requirements, defined by Tolere in the group description:

“…The animal world, on land, in water, and in the air, painted with feeling and imagination, is the focus for this group.Rather than getting every detail down realistically.,this is a place for paintings incorporating abstract and more expressive approaches to depictions of animals as well as the human – animal connection. Humorous, emotive, visionary, and mystical work are very welcome…”

I love dogs, so I have started with a fantasy dog painting. I dedicated it to Tolere, calling it

“Thinking of Tolere”.

The dog painting presented in this blog post and other animal paintings are available directly online as Giclee print in many different dimensions, on paper, canvas or metal, and also as greeting cards. Please click on the painting above to access my Shopping Cart Online.

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Flags from Around The World 02

As I told you in my last post, I started a new contest in FineArtAmerica  about “flags”, and I announced a second post showing some more of my artworks where flags play an important role. So far, artists and photographers are participating very well to the contest, and I am very thankful about it. I  just wish there would be some more other flags than the “The Stars and Stripes” exhibited! If you wish to see the 370 images which have been submitted so far, have a look here: believe me, it is worth it!

So here are some of my other paintings featuring flags. To start with, my own interpretation of the American flag, in the background as well as on a tie:

“A Turkey for President”, a “just for fun” image I created some years ago to celebrate “Thanksgiving”.

A Turkey for President New S

Let us stay in the USA and go to New Orleans. It was in 2010 and it was Mardi Gras, but I don’t know what the flags had to do with it, and which significance they had. Anyway, here is a happy street in the French quarter

French Quarter in New Orleans 01 New S

Lets get all sporty again and go back to “The Golden Night of Gold”, that very special evening in the London Olympics Games 2012 when 3 UK athletes – Jessica Ennis, Mo Farrah and Greg Rutherford) won a  gold medal…

Olympic Night of Gold S

Back to Italy now. The following painting does not show a flag as such, but something more interesting I find:

 Italian shoes in the colours of the flag! This is really Italian elegance, isn’t it?

Italian Shoes 02 New S

Let us go to Germany and have some coffee, out of that wonderful mug with the German flag colours, a present of a very kind German fan of the famous chart-topping ‘Yellow River’ hitmakers “Christie” in which my partner Kev Moore plays the bass.

2009 German Mugs S

And finally I will go back to my roots, my dear France. A  sketch done with pastel chalk in the Perigord in 2007, as we were on our way up to Scotland.

Perigord 13 S

So, if you are interested in taking part to the contest and get a special feature in this blog if you wish, please hurry up.  Submission deadline is Friday, June 14th, at the following place:

Flags Contest

Flags from Around The World 01

As I said in my last post, “Market Places from Around The World”:

“…I have recently been a little more active in my artists community “Fine Art America”, having found some more time and above all pleasure and comfort in participating in the social life there. I have to overcome some immensely deep sadness because of the sudden death of my brother, and the best way to do it, for me, apart from travelling, is to meet people… without really meeting them! I am more of a lonely wolf, but I love communication and exchange, so interaction on the internet and especially in a nice artists community such as FAA is, is very appropriate….”

Having enjoyed the contest about the market places I am hosting there, I decided yesterday to start a new context about “Flags”. I had just finished an artwork from Essaouira, that wonderful harbour town in Morocco, and I thought “flags” would be a great theme for a contest.

Essaouira Town 03 S

All media are accepted, painting, drawing and photographs. Paintings, drawings and photographs where flags play an important role. It can be the flag from a country, a state, an association, an event, etc…The winner will be featured in this blog, perhaps even interviewed if I get inspired by the winning work. You have to belong to FAA to be able to take part, and if you are, and fancy a go, you are very much welcome.  Here is the contest link, where you can submit your work.

“Flags”

but hurry up,  the contest ends on June the 14th.

I have in fact many artworks where flags play an important part. The one below was sketched in Lisbon, in a street market.

11 03 Flags Stand in Lisbon Painting Portugal S

It was in 2008, and while we were there, Portugal had reached the quarter finals of the Football Euro Tournament 2008  and Portuguese flags were hanging everywhere! Once we even saw a donkey crossing a street with a flag on his back, it was hilarious! That donkey though, made us decide to support Portugal, we bought a flag and travelled around with it on our Boomobile.

Vila Cha 03 New S

The scene above was sketched in Vila Cha, a parish in the municipality of Vila do Conde, situated in the Northern region of Portugal. Unfortunately they lost the quarter final to Germany, and the flags hysteria stopped… Well, speaking about football, I saw in Vila Cha another interesting motif with flags, a statue on the roof of a building in honour of FC Porto…

FCPorto in Vila Cha New S

Let us go to Italy now, more precisely to Tuscany. It was in 2011, I was on a long painting trip there, and I had made a series about shops and restaurants entrances.  In this particular one, I found it very funny how “the girl” is carrying the Italian flag, and wearing a hat and a dress in the design of the flag, but with a  panel on her chest saying:

“we speak Russian”

Welcome to Italy 07 New S

Let’s go to Cyprus now, in 2012, and get more serious. A very fast sketch of the local hero Archbishop Makarios III, and in the background three flags, and I  do not remember which ones they were, and the sketch is so basic that it does not give any clue! Probably, Cyprus, Greece, and…?

Archbishop Makarios III S

I certainly have many more paintings with flags from the countries which I visited, but for now I will go to another kind of flag, not from a country, but from a sports event, The Olympic Games. The following two paintings were inspired by two gold medals winners in London in 2012. First, the winner of the high jump competition, the Russian Ivan Ukhov

Olympic High Jump Ivan Ukhov S

And the next one is inspired by the winner of the  female 100 metres hurdles, the Australian Sally Pearson. In my fun artwork , I replaced her with Oly’ver The Kangaroo, jumping through the Olympic rings!Olyver S

Well, this will do for now, but I will do a second post in the next few days with more flags artworks. I thought I should just show you a selection of artworks featuring flags, to give you an idea if you want to participate to the contest. In any case, go and have a look at the images already submitted, they are really interesting!

Market Places from Around The World

I love to travel, and more than anything, I love to paint what I see when I travel. One subject which I especially enjoy painting are the market places, with all their colours, activities and great characters wandering around. Markets places say so much about a country, their culture, their food, etc…

Wine Vendor in a Provence Market S

Wine Seller in The Provence

Anyway, I have recently been a little more active in my artists community “Fine Art America”, having found some more time and above all pleasure and comfort in participating in the social life there. I have to overcome some immensely deep sadness because of the sudden death of my brother, and the best way to do it, for me, apart from travelling, is to meet people… without really meeting them! I am more of a lonely wolf, but I love communication and exchange, so interaction on the internet and especially in a nice artists community such as FAA is, is very appropriate.

Vegetables Seller in a Provence Market S

Vegetables Seller in The Provence

So, I have started a contest there about the market places of this world. All media are accepted, painting, drawing and photographs. The winner will be featured in this blog, perhaps even interviewed if I get inspired by the winning work. You have to belong to FAA to be able to take part, and if you are, and fancy a go, you are very much welcome.  Here is the contest link, where you can submit your work.

“Markets from Around The World”

but hurry up,  the contest ends on June the 5th.

In this post I publish some examples of market paintings done in Arles, in the Provence region of France.

Oranges Vendor in a Provence Market S

Oranges Seller in The Provence

The Brass Monkey

An Irish Restaurant in Howth

It was right at the beginning of my painting trip to Dublin in April 2013. To be honest, I was expecting rain all the time, but that day we woke up and the sun was shining and I got all excited. Our aim with that trip was mainly to visit the town of Dublin itself, but as I was preparing the trip at home and searching for lovely places around the capital, I had seen on the net photos from Howth, a peninsula to the North of Dublin Bay, and loved it. My intention was to visit it as soon as the sun would shine, and if not, well, when it was raining then! But here it was, shining bright and pure! I packed up all my sketching stuff and we drove to Howth.

I certainly was not disappointed, I found the harbour, the town and the landscape around very inspiring! One of the motifs which most caught my attention though was “The Brass Monkey”

I saw this scene while we were walking back to the car, from the other side of the road. I found it a very happy scene, and enjoyed especially the colours and the light falling on the people. Simply beautiful! I did a fast sketch from there, and took a photo, with the intention to try rendering justice to it when I returned home. Well, I just finished it.

It always amazes me to see the word “tapas” abroad (written on the blackboard on the right hand side). So many bars and restaurants serve them now, It seems to have become viral. Funny thing is that wherever “tapas” are advertised, we don’t go there: we live in Spain, and we certainly don’t search for Spanish food when we are travelling! But I understand that most people visiting and loving Spain do get nostalgic (and hungry) when they think of tapas…

I wonder if the group of elderly people sitting in the foreground on the terrace would recognise themselves if they see this painting one day? It would be such fun to hear from them! Well, people, I will give you a clue and then you can decide if it might be you or not: it was the 19th of April 2013, around 2 or 3 pm. If it is you, please say hello!

As for the couple in the background: the guy might look like the real one, but the girl looks totally different from the person who was sitting there, I guess. I couldn’t see her well, and for the painting I invented her face. But the real person was indeed wearing a green coat, I don’t even know if it was a guy or a girl. And I think a third person was sitting at the table too. But I preferred to choose a couple, I liked it more for the composition and clarity of the painting. I hope the painting won’t be the start of a dramatic ‘domestic’ though, in case the girlfriend recognises her boyfriend and thinks he was with somebody else there! :-)

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A Kiss in Dublin

I have already published in this blog diverse new art works inspired by statues and sculptures seen in Dublin, Ireland, during my last painting trip in April 2013. Here is my most recent one, which I just finished:

“The Kiss”

Now there are many kisses paintings in the world, the most famous and one of my favourite ones being by Gustav Klimt. In cases like this, I always wonder if it is worth adding another piece to a large collection, asking myself what is the point and if I shouldn’t rather use my creative energy in painting something nobody else painted… but I loved that statue, and I simply could not resist!

Just browsing the net to find out who the sculptor is, I found this wonderful review:

“… Rowan Gillespie’s artwork is scattered all around the city. He is an international renowned sculptor and a lot of his work is made in Blackrock Dublin.

This is probably my favourite sculpture of his and stands opposite the National Concert Hall. It’s so romantic to me! Yes I am a softie, but there is something magical about it. A piece of human warmth cast in bronze situated in an impersonal part of the city. It just reminds you of what is important and lasts beyond the materialism.

Although the people having a fag break outside their office looked at me like a mentalist as I stood there admiring it. So if you don’t mind looking a bit daft, have a gander down to it and a stare!..”

The statue itself features the two lovers in full length. What one cannot see on the painting is that the woman is standing on her tiptoes to be able to reach the man’s mouth, which one can perhaps guess, seeing how much she has to extend her neck! A wonderful, very emotional position…

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I also sell A3 posters (297mm x 420mm) as high quality digital prints on a Heavyweight White 350gsm paper, each packed in cello with card stiffner.

Poster Price: 50 euros.

They are a great alternative to the Giclee prints, to a more affordable price.

(the prices for the Giclee prints and posters are not including packing&shipping)

Hand-signed prints incur a surcharge of 30 euros.

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