abstract painting

Some fairy dust

When traveling in China in 2019 I had the opportunity to get a very short introduction into Chinese calligraphy and traditionell Chinese painting at the Tang Bo Art Museum Xian. It was a rainy afternoon and the hotel receptionist recommended this museum as a must see to better understand Chinese art. We were the only visitors and the museum guide was happy to welcome two interested visitors. Our very detailed private tour ended in something like a classroom where we learned about ancient, traditionell and modern Chinese writing.

Black and White

After a long break, filled with plastering lots of walls with stucco and lime, I found some time painting again.
Deeply inspired by Chinese art, I started exploring ink drawing and calligraphy, watched many tutorials about it, went to the amazing exhibition of Fabienne Verdiers’ paintings in Aix en Provence and finally tried it myself.
I skipped my taloche and used new tools, techniques and materials.

Frames of reference

Summertime in Fitou is always exiting, not only because of the fantastic weather and the Mediterranean but also of all the people and friends coming over. It’s an international bunch of people, very diverse and interesting. 
So many backgrounds and experiences resulting quite often in inspiring discussions about life, politics, economics, art, sports, eating, etc.

The Nucleus

The command center, where everything else is getting energy and power from.

The kernel of a cell which contains most of the cell’s genetic material.

The central and brightest part of a comet.

The pieces that formed the center of a collection.

The important buildings which are the center of a city.

The center of all: the Nucleus.

Painting with cement

When creating the sunny house I became curious about using cement in my paintings. I quite liked the combination of glossy oil paint and raw cement and got in my mind to create a little series using such materials. Yellow will be followed by blue and red, always adding cement to it.
So, that’s the second painting: Rough.
The challenge lies in the application of such a rough material to canvas and thus I needed to explore how to mix different sorts of cement so it does not crack when dry.

Iris

Siberian Iris, more precisely Iris sanguinea are one of the first flowers coming up in springtime in our garden. Actually, they are growing wild everywhere in the Garrigue and when we started re-building our garden, we found lots of them around.
That elegant, fine flower inspired me to my new painting "Lillies".

Contrasts

Between all the house restoration work, I had time to do another painting. When doing a full house restoration we really start from the bottom, removing everything what was added to the original structure of house, leaving us with bare walls, without floors and ceilings, left with the rough, basic foundation.

When we are done with our restoration work, a shiny and beautiful surface is visible and make people feel welcomed.