The Côte d’Azur series

June 08, 2017

In the Spring of 2016, I spent six weeks on the Côte d’Azur. It was my first painting trip there, I stayed in the town of Menton, just before the border with Italy.

On my first day, I walked around the peninsula of Cap Martin to Monaco, and was captivated by the landscape. To find such inspiration somewhere where I already loved, was very special.

One of the main reasons I’m a painter is colour, and there I found I was mixing such beautiful colours on my palette, pinks, violets and turquoise.

I walked a lot to find new motifs to paint. This took me up and down the coast, and even in land up into the Pre-Alpes. I wanted to paint it all.

I learnt a lot from that trip, firstly don’t take such large canvases, and that paintings cannot be finished on the spot. Often to highlight light areas and colours, I would need for the current layer of paint to dry first.

I plan to return in the Spring of 2018.

Here are a few of the paintings from last year. I will be working to complete more as the year progresses. I hope you like them.

 

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‘Evening view towards Roquebrune, Cap Martin’

30×24″

Oil on linen 2017

 

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‘Pre-Alpes above Menton’

30×24″

Oil on linen 2016

Private collection

 

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‘View towards Monaco from Cap Martin’

24×20″

Oil on linen 2016

 

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‘View towards Monaco’

16×12″

Oil on paper 2016

Private collection

 

 

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New paintings 2017

May 21, 2017

I want to paint not a copy of nature, but my sensation of the living and vibrating colours. I love this time of year, there are too many flowers to paint, I would love to paint them all!

 

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‘Foxgloves and Irises’

30×24″

Oil on linen 2017

 

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‘Azaleas in bloom, Isabella plantation’

30×24″

Oil on linen 2017

 

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