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I paint still life too…


The year is still 2002 and this is one of my best still life to date… It’s an acrylic on cardboard and right now it’s in the possession of a very nice young couple from Sherbrooke whom were buying now and then a painting from me. I do not have many “collectors” but they are one (well, two)… I’m very pleased when my paintings decorate the walls of people who really like them. It’s kind of rare but it happens…

At the end of 2002 I’ve started to make the inventory of my drawings and paintings using the simplified (but efficient) Paul Klee system. (I’ve already wrote about this system but not on this blog, I think)

Every 01st of January he will start a new “catalog” of his drawings and paintings produced during the current year. He would note : dimensions, technique, date of completion, if and where it was signed, etc. All the significant information. Eventually, to whom and with what price it was sold. Klee was also classifying his works in 3 main categories: “A” were the drawings and paintings produced without any real model, products of his (rich and complex) imagination; “B” were the drawings and paintings produced after a real model; and, finally, the “S” were the exceptional drawings and paintings, those which he usually liked to keep for his personal collection or which he sold only for an unusually high price. Works which used new techniques, which opened yet unknown avenues, works who were in one way or another “exceptional” (or, in German: Sonderklasse, hence the “S”). Worth mentioning: his classification wasn’t one of value: there were “B” paintings worth their while and no correspondence with the “B” movies is valid…

So, this is a still life I’ve classified as “S”(onderklasse) and I still use the Paul Klee’s system of catalog. It gives me the opportunity of knowing exactly how many and what kind of drawings and paintings I did produced the previous year. Eventually, if I will ever be (post-mortem, of course!) kind of famous (ha!ha!) the art historians will have their work eased a lot…

mauve flowers

The look of a child


Indian summer in Magog

Sometimes, in some rare and privileged moments, I can look at the world as a child. Sometimes, for a few minutes or hours (if I’m lucky) I can BE a child again. Receiving all the outside impression without any filter, without any judgement, without prejudice. The true, authentic naivity is a precious, rare thing, a thing to be preserved and cherished. Eventually, through a drawing or a painting…

Very few artists could preserve this ingenuity all their life… even the best of them, like Chagall , Utrillo or Paul Klee had their “adult” moments (Paul Klee was a rare case of a fine theoretician AND a very original, somotimes “naive” artist, having the curiosity of an infant for experimentation). Anyway, the true naivity is a rare item and quite difficult to prove. Their authenticity, the originality of an Ivan Generalic, for instance, is manifest. As it is, of course, that of Henry “Le Douanier” Rousseau, one of the greatest… In my (modest) case, naivity is rare and most of the time involuntary. Here are some samples, still from 2002 or around…

The encounter