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“La Journée des Artistes” and some unfinished business

June 14, 2010

Our local government here in Amboise (France) works hard to create events and attract even more tourists to what is a pretty busy little place in the summer months. Tourists from all over come to see an extremely famous castle right in our town center and Leonardo daVinci spent the last 3 years of his life in a manor house that is also open to visits – and attracts huge numbers of Italian visitors as well as other nationalities.

This weekend was artists’ day.  Our little life drawing group decided to participate by showing our work, and hopefully recruit some new members.  Nobody sold anything and most of us didn’t even put prices.  These sort of things tend to attract promeneurs rather than art lovers. One of our members, illustrator Phillippe Merlevede had a lot of interest in his trompe l’oeil work, though.

A few photos :

If you live in the Tour-Amboise area and want to do life drawing, please get in touch via comments.

Today I feel as though I’m out of ideas for landscapes – I’m off to the Loire to take some photos in between rain showers.  But in the meantime, I did finish this still life which has been set up since something like February!.  I got so tired of looking at it that I added a few highlights and filled in the background today, and I’m calling it finished.  The photo distorts and blurs it (the tablecloth is actually light green for example), but anyway here it is :

And now Michel can finally have his bottle of Armagnac back!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2010 2:12 pm

    Mmm. Armagnac. How interesting about Leonardo – I did not know that! Thanks for your report – that’s a lot of work, I know, for promeneurs. I hope you all enjoyed each other’s company and that the weather was good. It’s fun to see the show!

  2. June 14, 2010 2:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing the work of the art vendors. I always love seeing art this way. Also, your painting of the nudes is really appealing with them all on one paper and even the matt.

    Also, your still life is really well done with the light being caught on the glass shiny surface.

  3. June 14, 2010 2:48 pm

    Love those kinds of gatherings. Would like to be there and see once again Clos de Lucé.

  4. June 14, 2010 3:49 pm

    Ma journée des peintres à Saint Rémy en mai 2009 était sur le même mode : nobody sold anything ou presque ! C’est assez désespérant c’est pourquoi, excpeté en juillet 2009 où j’ai exposé (et ouf, un peu vendu) à Milly-la -Foret, je n’en n’ai plus refait.
    Cette année normalement je serai à la Journée des aquarellistes à Rueil Malmaison le 12 septembre, on verra bien ! Très jolie nature morte en quelques touches seulement.

  5. June 14, 2010 6:20 pm

    Sounds like a really pretty area. The displays of your works look great. I think you’re dismissive of your attempt here, but it looks wonderful to me. You caught all sorts of good highlights on those objects.

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  7. Dan permalink
    June 16, 2010 3:18 am

    This is a beautiful still life! You may be tired of looking at it – but to me it is fresh and wonderful to see.

  8. June 16, 2010 5:19 am

    I love your still life! And I agree with Dan – it is fresh and delightful to look at. In fact I kept looking at it, much longer than I generally look at stilllife images. Something about this one, perhaps the highlights on glass… Wonderful!

  9. caseytoussaint permalink*
    June 16, 2010 8:13 am

    You guys are way too nice! But thanks – now I’m inspired to keep painting.

  10. June 19, 2010 1:09 am

    I love that still life! Amazing!

  11. June 22, 2010 7:15 am

    I like it very much, but then I’m a still life fan! I love the contrast between the dark background, almost mysterious and the sharp highlights on the objects that give the impression of shimmering light…

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