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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Guinness Gives You A Lift

The Irish Art of Levitating

As we went to Dublin in April 2013, one of my plans was to drink a pint of Guinness beer while listening to traditional Irish music in a typical Irish pub. If I remember well, I have had only one Guinness before in my life, and it was in an Irish bar in Gibraltar. Well, in Dublin I had to wait until the last day to get my beer -which I enjoyed very much by the way, the look as well as the taste- Unfortunately at the time of the day I had it, no Irish music was available to listen to. And the one evening we spent in Dublin, after having attended a gig by German metal rock musician Michael Schenker, nearly all the pubs were closed! A very frustrating experience…

Nevertheless, Guinness was omnipresent in Dublin and its surroundings, as one might expect, and mainly in the form of funny adverts which I really liked. The ‘vintage’ Guinness adverts from a bygone era were reproduced everywhere. As I saw that street performer – and I am sure that many people who visited Dublin will have seen him and, judging by the look in their eyes, wondered how in the hell he was managing it! – Anyway, as I saw him levitating, surrounded by a circle of little orange cones, I had the idea for the painting above, something of an amalgam of the images that assaulted my senses in the Irish capital, Guinness, crazy street performers, and more Guinness…

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Phil Lynott in Howth

Live and Dangerous…

Before I went to Ireland last month (April 2013) I hardly knew anything about Phil Lynott. To be honest I only knew one song by him, “The Boys are Back in Town”, and this only because my partner, Kev Moore, had, in the 90′s, impersonated him on the UK TV show ‘Stars in their Eyes’. But I did know that Phil had always played a special role in Kevin’s life.

Now I know Phil better… unfortunately my first “real” meeting with him was at his grave. Kevin had found out that Phil was buried on the peninsula of Howth, to the north of Dublin Bay. Although we had checked on the net where exactly the cemetery was, we could not find it at once, drove a long way around the area it was supposed to be and finally asked a local. As we eventually entered the cemetery, I felt how emotional Kevin was. And me too… but not for the same reason. My reason was that some weeks ago I had suddenly lost my beloved brother Claude. From Spain we had flown to the burial in Paris.. it had nearly killed me… And since then, I can’t enter a cemetery any more. Certainly very unusual for me, as I normally love to visit cemeteries, especially in foreign countries: I feel the way the living people treat their dead speaks volumes about them. Anyway, I thought I would make an exception for Phil Lynott and we started searching for his grave. Three times we went through all the graves, reading carefully all the names, with method even, and I must admit that in that very moment I felt some stress towards my partner to put me through this. Of course he could not know how I felt, but forcing me to face the sadness of all these people having lost their beloved mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers and children was much too much for me. Eventually I went to him and begged him to ask somebody where Phil Lynott’s grave was. He didn’t like it, not finding it very cool and rock’n roll, but seeing my sad little face, he agreed. Good job he did, as we were looking in the totally wrong place, in the old part of the cemetery.

If you want to read about that grave visit from the perspective of Kev Moore, please go to his site and read “In Search of Phil”.

I present here the second of my new collaboration works with Kevin, a more or less caricatural portrait of Phil gigging in Howth. Don’t miss the warning in the background:

“Live and Dangerous!”

which applies not only to the cliffs of Howth’s coast, but also of course to Thin Lizzy’s live masterpiece!

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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.

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Willie Nelson

Portraits of the American Country Singer and Guitarist

I will have to make a confession here, something I am really not proud of: I knew nothing about Willie Nelson until very recently. And when I say nothing, I mean that I didn’t even know about his existence!

In my defence I will state that my musical culture is 95% the responsibility of my partner, the English rock musician Kev Moore. And him being a passionate rocker, country music is not exactly his thing: wouldn’t look cool anyway if he liked it! And this is how it came to be that Willie Nelson was never presented to me. How then did I come to meet him? Well, in the most unexpected way: I was watching an episode of the USA TV show “Monk” the other day, the episode called “Mr Monk and The Red-Headed Stranger “. There, Monk’s favourite singer, Willie Nelson, playing himself, was wrongly suspected of murdering his tour manager, and of course Monk stepped in to clear his name. To thank him, at the end of the episode, Willie sang a song at the graveside of Mr Monk’s late wife. A very touching scene! Anyway I loved that guy, the way he looked, acted, and more than anything: the way he sang and played guitar: a perfect model for my music art.

I browsed around a little bit in Youtube to see him performing and enjoyed immensely what I saw. I was especially touched by a performance he did with Keith Richards, from the Rolling Stones, Keith playing the acoustic guitar and singing too. The proof, Mr Moore, that liking Willie Nelson is not uncool at all, not even for a rocker!

As I had finished the above artwork, I thought that it would also make a nice portrait of Willie Nelson alone. So I cut Keith Richards away , and did some work in Photoshop, playing around with the colours. This is how Willie suddenly got a blue skin: suits him well I would say!

The paintings of Willie Nelson presented in this gallery, and many more musician portraits, are available directly online as Giclee print in many different dimensions, on paper or canvas, and also as greeting cards, in my

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