2015 in Retrospect

In 2015 I graduated Bates College and traveled to Budapest, Prague and Vienna. I came back from Europe with some new cool ideas to paint!

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I was inspired by hand-painted plates at the Royal Apartments in Vienna, Austria.

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This is a pattern work I did based on a microscopic image of a stone.

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This is not the best quality image but it is a copy of a picture I took at the Aquincum Floralia Festival in Budapest of a floral statue.

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Les Dames de l’Hamam – 2013 (Aged 20)

While in Istanbul, I went to the Cemberlitas Hamam (Turkish bath) near the Grand Bazaar. I absolutely loved the experience and I decided to paint it.  I maintain the title in French.

Les Dames de l'Hamam, 2013

Les Dames de l’Hamam, 2013

2012-Amerique du Nord-Aged 19

After going to school in New England for over a year now I thought it would come the time when I would have to paint something related to the region. So I did this with my North American girl.  Bates College is in the state of Maine and the original inhabitants were from the Wabanaki tribe.  The first European settlers in this region were French.

I maintain the titles in French.

Amerique du Nord, 2012

Amerique du Nord, 2012

2012-Arabe- Aged 19

After several months of waiting to come home to my canvas I have finally painted something. During my wait I was inspired to paint a nude from every continent and every side of a continent. This woman personifies the Middle East and she is the first in the series. Hopefully I will be able to finish the last five in time for school this January.

I maintain the title in French.

Arabe, 2012

Arabe, 2012

This was designed to be an improvement on a similar orientalist painting I did : https://lastoftheromanticists.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dscn1030.jpg

With the full article at : https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/2012-in-the-name-of-scotland-aged-19-2/

2012-Nude#3-Aged 19

I painted this a long time ago but I waited to put it up while at school.

Nude#3, 2012

Foreground made with a brush, background made with knives and sponges.

FUN FACTS

  • I wish to one day draw a nude from real life.
  • I sold my first painting for $400 when I was about six.
  • I like vanilla and pistachio ice-cream.

For more nudes:  https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/2010-bring-in-the-men-aged-17/

2012-In the name of Scotland-Aged 19

This year I went to Scotland (Edinburgh and the Shetland Islands) as part of an archaeological dig class with fellow Batesies. It has been my most inspiring experience yet…and still more Scottish paintings to come soon.

Old Scatness Detail, 2012

Old Scatness is an archaeological site in the Shetland Islands. The settlement is thousands of years old and has remnants of medieval, Viking, Pictish, and Bronze Age  architecture. So one of the structures there was a wheelhouse that I genuinely fell in love with. It was restored to recreate the Viking lifestyle complete with hide covered wooden beds and a peat fire. It was a tiny structure and in the corner they made a little storage place with pots and candles. I took a picture of it and then I came home to paint it. So here it is. My finest work!

We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.
Voltaire

The Holy Grail, 2012

Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands. At the harbor where we usually parked our van, there was a statue of the Holy Grail with a prayer at the side. I took a picture of it and then painted it.

Scottish by birth, British by law,
Highlander by the grace of God.
Anonymous

Esha Ness, 2012

Esha Ness was the windiest place I had ever been to. Beautiful landscape.

From scenes like these old Scotia’s grandeur springs.
Robert Burns
The Cotter’s Saturday Night.

The Earl of Southampton, 2012

The Earl of Southampton was actually English but I watched the film Anonymous while in Scotland. I also wanted to experiment with French Art Nouveau.

Not related to Scotland

Desert Rose, 2012

This was done long before I went to Scotland. I took an oral French class with Prof. Curren and we concentrated on Maghreb culture, Oriental art and Francophone-Middle Eastern films. I knew I had to paint something related so I did this…hopefully I will do more in the future.

Egyptian and his slave, 2012

And I did this as part of the Middle Eastern influence.

Back on the topic of Scotland….

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Robert Burns
My Heart’s in the Highlands.

Scotland…I will always love you.

And one last special note in memory of Evan Dube, a good soul who never left the Highlands. The winds there blow with a might in the character of the Scots. And whenever they pass we will know your spirit moves with the thousands who have passed on, dancing in the wind.