Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Another Renoir

As promised, here is another painting dedicated to my hero, Pierre-August Renoir.  This time it is an oil painting dating back to the eighties.

My hope is that you will recognise this as a cropped version of Renoir's 'Luncheon of the boating party'.  My version has been hanging on my bedroom wall for many years now - and although I may consider exhibiting it - I don't see me ever parting with it.

The painting is roughly the same size as the original, (As far as the figure goes)  There were around ten figures in Renoir's original.  My version covers a small portion on the lower left of the work.

The girl holding the dog is Aline Charigot.  She eventually married the painter in 1889, and they had three children;  Pierre, Jean and Claude.
Jean Renoir, the second eldest son, became famous in the film world as a director, with 'Grand illusion' and 'The rules of the game' among his credits.

In 1962 Jean wrote a fascinating book about his father.  The book, 'Renoir my father' is still available on Amazon.  It is a wonderful story about life in the late 19th century.  Lots of facts - Lots of intimate details are shared about Renoir and his family.  It is a wonderful book to own if you follow the work of the French Impressionist group.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Success at local exhibition

I submitted two paintings to my local art club's exhibition last week.  The two watercolours that I selected were, Eastern glance and Claire.
I am pleased to say that Claire was sold.  Nice feeling to know that she is now hanging up somewhere.  I also started a blog page for the club.
Now the other artists will be able to keep up to date with what is happening at their art club.

Had a pleasant trip down to Morpeth this weekend too.  Longhirst Hall was the venue for the wedding that I was working at.  Been there before.  Lovely location.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Updating the galleries

I thought it was time to update my other pages in the blog.  Please visit the Silhouette cuts and Caricatures pages to see the latest additions.

Posted these two publicity shots too.  One depicting my 'quick on the draw' abilities - and the other shows a Silhouette Artist's view of the cutting process.

Feel free to browse through the galleries.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Just back from a wonderful holiday in Canada.  Myself and my two grandaughters, Jessica and Niamh attended a family wedding in Ajax Ontario.  If you are reading this, Grace, Herve, Louise, John, Nicole, Steve and all the other people we met - thanks so much.  We had a ball.  I did some silhouette cutting and caricatures whilst I was there.

Today's painting is called Rasta Man.  Another loose watercolour portrait.  Hope you like it.