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The Jester DAnu…


Still true, that one, I’m still somewhat of a jester…a clown…

Van Gogh and I

Summer is a wonderful time here,  in Quebec (in other parts of the world I suppose is the same but given the long, long winter, when the summer comes, man! are we “Quebecois”  glad!)
Everybody is wearing shorts and sandals – even if sometimes the temperatures are not that warm – and if you work as a portrayer-jester (as I do, in the summertime – Remember? Janis Joplin’s “Summertime”? and Ella Fitzgerald’s?) you’ll see a lot of people jogging, walking, skating, bycicling around the Lac of Nations…
Yesterday I was trying to make a portrait or two (you can see what I did right here) and my friend Raymond and his Zoo en Folies (4 parrots) came along… and then also Stephane, the accordionist (the one who’s playing amelie poulin’s musical theme and other «Paris-Montmartre» tunes … Some tourists and some pickpockets and a hill or two (maybe a cathedral…

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The last one – the first one…


This is the painting which ended 2007. And since is not entirely finished (I may do some changes to it as it is my bad ? habit) this is also the painting with which I started the new year… I called it “El Muerte – la maja desnuda” because I use some of Velasquez only known nude as an excerpt… It’s an acrylic on canvas (14′ x 18′) and I’ve painted it with long intermissions…

Since this one will my only blog from now on, I’ll alternate my old stuff (I will still try to present it chronologically) with the last things I do. 2007 wasn’t my best year: only 100 drawings and paintings in my catalogue, about 1/4 of what I did in 2006 and even less than 2005…I hope it’s not a permanent trend. But then, I get old and tired (as everybody else – but after 50 it’s more evident)… Today, I’ve read in one of Robert Genn’s newsletters an excerpt from Picasso which (the excerpt) puzzled me. He said: “Titian, Rembrandt and Goya are painters. I’m just a clown.” And I was wondering what I am myself: not even a clown…

But then, not everybody can be Titian, Rembrandt, Goya, Van Gogh OR Picasso… Maybe there is a place, in this wide world, which could be mine… I don’t really know…

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Celui-ci c’est la dernière peinture de 2007 et la première de 2008 (étant donné que j’ai la mauvaise habitude de repeindre, à des long ou des courts intervals, selon ma disposition…) Je l’ai appellé El Muerte – la maja desnuda, parce que il y a dedans une citation de l’unique nu connu de Velasquez… C’est une toile de 14 x 18 pouces et, bien sur, une peints à l’acrylique.

Comme ce blog sera mon unique blogue, je vais alterner mes anciens dessins et peintures (que je vais éssayer toujours de présenter dans un ordre cronologique) et mes plus récentes créations. L’année 2007 n’a pas été un bonne année pour moi: 100 dessins et peintures dans mon catalogue de l’année… approximativement 1/4 de ce que j’ai peint en 2006 et encore moins qu’en 2005… J’espére que ce n’est pas une tendence durable, celui-ci… enfin, je sais, on vieillit et on se fatigue plus vite après 50 ans… J’ai lu aujourd’hui une chose qui m’a intrigué, dans le newsletter de Robert Genn : une citation de Picasso, qui semble avoir dit que Titian, Rembrandt et Goya étaient des peintres et que lui, il n’était qu’un clown… Je me dis alor que moi je suis encore moins qu’un clown… C’est vrai, pas toute le monde peut être Titian, Rembrandt, Goya, Van Gogh OU Picasso. Mais, peut-être, il y reste, dans cette large monde, un petit endroit pour moi aussi? Pas très sure…Enfin.

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Aceasta e ultima pictura din  2007. Si probabil prima din 2008, avand în vedere prostul ? meu obicei de a re-picta tablouri considerate, initzial, ca terminate… E o pictura pe panza, de 14 x 18 inch, acrilica desigur.

Cum prezentul va fi unicul meu blog, voi alterna pe el operele mele mai vechi (incercand sa ma tzin de cuvant si sa le prezint oarecum cronologic) cu ultimele mele creatzii… Anul 2007 n-a fost bun pentru mine: n-am pictat si desenat decat 100 de desene si picturi, cam un sfert din ce am facut in 2006 si înca si mai putzin decât în 2005… Dar asta e, îmbatranesc, ca toata lumea si energia mea nu mai e ce-a fost. Dupa 50 de ani  asa se întampla… Sper ca nu e tendintza durabila, totusi…

Azi am citit ceva interesant in ultima scrisoare a lui Robert Genn
Il cita pe Picasso care, la un moment dat, ar fi spus (cu o modestie care nu-l caracterizeaza, in general) ca Titian, Rembrandt si Goya sunt pictori, el nefiind decat un clown. Si ma intrebam, daca el e un clown, ce sunt eu? Nici macar un clown, evident… e drept ca nu toata lumea poate fi un Titian, un Rembrandt, un Goya, un Van Gogh sau un Picasso… Poate ca in toate lumea asta larga exista si un locsor pentru mine? Nu-s prea sigur dar… cine stie?

El Muerta la maja desnuda