|Posted on May 26, 2016 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
May 8th, known as V-Day in France, marks the end of World War II when Germany signed the act of military surrender in Berlin, Germany on May 8, 1945.
I mention this blast from the past because even though WWII ended in 1945, reminders of the war still exist almost everywhere you look in France. Memorials can be seen in just about every city, town, or village and always with a small bouquet of flowers at their base to signify that people still remember.
But in most cases you don’t have to go far to see evidence that a war took place here. Remove wallpaper from a wall and you might see concentric and in most cases almost equal in size bullet holes left behind. Or you might find larger holes caused by shelling on exterior walls; left untouched and visible to remind us that peace, though silent, still rings with the echoes of war to this day.
This morning, I heard from a friend that a large bomb was uncovered by workmen digging a trench along the roadway to Angouleme. It measured approximately 1.2 meters long, cylindrical in shape with fins like those of dolphins on the back and less than a meter deep in the ground.
With Memorial Day being just around the corner on May 30, 2016, it is easy to forget why we celebrate May 30th as a day of Remembrance. Lacking these visual reminders, we tend to focus more on the great bargains we can get at the shopping malls and forget – nay - not occur to us why we call it “Memorial Day.”
Thanks must be given to all the men and women of our military and reserves, who served and died during conflict and who serve now to keep us safe and innocent within the silence of peace.
May peace reign eternal!
|Posted on December 1, 2015 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Due to recent tragic events in Paris, the plans for moving in and renovating of my new Art Studio in St. Laurent de Ceris have been put on hold until the first part of January 2016.
Since I made the bid to purchase the three story Maison de Maitre in early 2015, a few more weeks of waiting won't hurt when compared to the months of waiting from first bid to final purchase! Wow, but so worth it.
However, as an artist I've always been able to close my eyes and see each and every detail of a picture I want to create on a blank canvas. Then, I'm in motion - sketching the images in my mind's eye onto the canvas with paint brushes and acrylic colors instead of using a pencil to sketch onto the canvas.
In renovating my new Home/Studio/Gallery, I'm using the same technique as I would a picture on a canvas. Most nights, I'm wide awake envisioning the new wall textures and the interior colors I plan to use and of course the paintings that must hang on those walls.
And, since my personal apartments will be on the first and second floors over the ground floor Gallery, I'm having a great time painting new pictures I want to see each and everyday as I have my morning tea on the balcony over looking the square, or entertaining my new friends from the UK. This is what I call "Art for Design."
|Posted on October 4, 2015 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
When it comes to art I can't seem to get enough. I try to surround myself with all the beauty this world has to offer and for that reason I'm expanding my creativity into wearable art. Go see my new line of One-of-a-kind Handbags and Couture Accessories at www.cynterese.com. I hope you will like what you see.
|Posted on October 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
What can I say about YouTube videos, when it comes to learning something new? Go see Michael Lang to learn more about abstract painting! His (Palette knife painting demo. modern contemporary art,floral,flowers,Howto...technique) abstract roses painting demo is fun to watch, study, and create a painting of your own.
But, since I'm all about doing things my way - with a twist on texture and expression techniques - the results are quite different. Check back to see the difference when I post a picture of my painting in my "Gallery" page. Of course, since the content for my own painting is not an original idea, I'll not post this painting as being available for purchase. It will only hang on my bedroom wall where I can see it and enjoyl
|Posted on September 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
On the last day, deadline, to submit artwork for the 2014 International Arts Festival, I submitted two of my newest pieces of art for jury. Normally, I like to do things ahead of time since I have a tendency to be a perfectionist. But, fortunately for me, I had become aware of this competition moments before I submitted my work. In this case, my tendency to be prepared paid off since I had digital photos of finished work on hand. Today I received news that my work received “Honorable Mention” and will be included in the 2014 IAF Catalog which will go on sale sometime in the future.
|Posted on August 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Come rain or shine the show must go on -- and it did! First couple of hours were soggy and cool but the artists who came out to share their work were hard core troopers and a great time was had by all.
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM|