Monday, October 07, 2013

Artnotes: Discovery

On the beach at St. Malo   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic on wood  5.5 x 13 inches

View of  St. Malo   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic on wood  7 x 13 inches

Sea and Clouds     Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic on wood  7 x 13 inches

View of St Malo   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  12 x 12 inches
Two on the Beach   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/wood  7 x 9.5 inches

Artnotes:  Discovery

The  scale of man-made objects in Brittany is different than the rest of France.  Huge stone walls and granite houses guard against the powerful sea.  It is hard to image that centuries ago these fortresses were constructed by the hands of men.  We were in St Malo this weekend, where pirates and corsairs commissioned by the king left to fight the other super-powers of the sea, the Dutch and English.  Frigates have given way to sailing schools, but the effect of blue and white still predominates.

The sky is bigger in Brittany and clouds fly by as fast as the sea birds.   Fluffy white clouds resemble horses and dogs and babies in the sky.  The blue is a clear, clean blue which imparts its deep color on the ocean.
We painted a few small works while we were there.  It was a big painting week for us.

We had a workshop on Thursday, and for the first time, painted along the “new quai” in Paris.  This summer the city closed the banks of the Seine where the cars used to pass, to create a pedestrian walkway.   We settled in beside the Pont Alexandre III for a painting session.  Conveniently located railroad ties made neat seats as we sat and painted.  There were tables to play chess and parchesi, backgammon and Chinese checkers.  The fragrances from the food stands were alluring.  We ran into people we knew there, who seemed as delighted as we were about the urban improvements.  

We managed a picture or two at the Luxembourg Gardens on Monday, with a novice painter who turned out to be pretty good.  He fell into a near zen state as painting took over his being.   People are always surprised how compelling the act of painting can be – for us, it’s a great feeling when someone else discovers art.

Three at the Fountain  Laurie Fox Pessemier    Acrylic/wood 12 x 7 inches
Fountain in Fall   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  13 x 15 inches
Feeding the duck   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  12 x 12 inches

Fall in the Garden 2013  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/wood 19.5 x 7 inches 
Pont Alexandre III   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/carton  10 x 11 inches
Sculptures on the bridge   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/wood  12 x 7 inches
Pont Alexandre III  Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  11 x 16 inches
Bridge and Grand Palais   laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/wood  19.5 x 7  SOLD
Boats on the Seine   Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/wood  19.5 x 7
People in the Garden  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/wood  19.5 x 7 inches

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