|Posted on January 16, 2018 at 3:05 AM||comments (1)|
By Cyn Terese Art Studio and Gallery in France
Even though I spent most of 2017 in France, painting walls and painting murals in my home in Saint Laurent de Ceris, I somehow managed to paint several paintings of people and places that I found inspiring.
The first painting I did was of the Town's Church across the street from my home whilst I stood at my full length open window - my version of plein air painting in France.
The next painting was of the Eiffel Tower. I used pictures I took during the spring of 2017 as models for my work. In that painting, I discovered a skill for patience since it is highly detailed.
The following painting was of Maestro Gregory Singer, Founder and Conductor of the Manhattam Symphonie, and that painting was done from a freeze frame of his video. By listening to his music whilst I studied his features and expressions, I was able to truly feel the emotion I wanted to capture in my painting. Since this painting was to be on permanent display over the Gallerie fireplace, I might find it difficult to part with it in case someone wants to purchase it.
Next, I painted a small portrait of, my dear friend, Sophie's son to give to her as a gift on the 8th anniversary of his passing. He was only 23.
Finally, I began a small painting of a dear sweet elderly man who lives in a Senior Retirement Home near the Square but spends most of his time saying hello to passers by or sitting on a bench in the Park Square. I ran out of time before I could finish it but I can't wait to be back in France to finish it.
If anyone is interested in what I'm doing to my French Maison - soon to be Cyn Terese Saint Laurent Galerie et Boutique - please visit:
Until next time,
|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."