I don’t know what it is with the Rolling Stones, but overtime I am trying to paint Mike Jagger and Keith Richards together, I end up painting Keith alone! I do hope though I will be able to catch Mike on a painting one day, as I was a huge fan of him. Well, and of the Stones altogether of course. Dancing on their music was just heaven, I really totally forgot who, when and where I was, hours and hours and hours… so COOL!
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I am cheating a little bit here. That painting of Joe is not really new, or at least not totally. In fact the original artwork featured him and Glenn Hughes performing in Black Country Communion. But people from around the world are all the time searching for Joe alone, and buying more and more my different portraits of Joe, so I thought I should cut him from Glenn and present him alone. For that I had to eliminate Glenn’s white guitar on the right side, no that easy!!! Sorry Glenn, but it is about business here! One can’t see him and his guitar any more on that new painting, but I sure can still hear them!
By the way, for those who want Glenn alone, I separated him from Joe in a proper way, not only destroyed his guitar!
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I have started a new series of watercolour paintings featuring David Bowie in some of his different looks. At least this is the plan!
I have started with the above painting of David the Clown In “Ashes to Ashes”, simply because the painting of Leo Sayer in “The Show Must Go On” had stimulated me to start also a clown paintings series. It was natural then to choose this motif of David Bowie.
And now I just finished to paint David in “Space oddity”… a totally different look of course, but this is exactly what I wanted!
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I just fancying painting a clown yesterday… it was my birthday and I needed the company of a clown!
And this one has got such a wonderful voice…
For those who don’t know Leo Sayer, check the Wikipedia:
“… Leo Sayer (born Gerard Hugh Sayer, 21 May 19480) is a British singer song-writer, musician, and entertainer whose singing career has spanned four decades. Sayer became a naturalised Australian citizen in 2009. Sayer was a top singles and album act on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s. His first seven hit singles in the UK all reached the Top 10…”
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Some days ago I thought it was now time to render homage to Pinetop Perkins in form of a painting. I had seen him live , even sat next to him in Austin in march 2010, and was then extremely shocked bu the announcement of his death. I did not dare to paint him. But now I had to…
Here is what Kev Moore, my partner, has to say:
“… Our trip to the States has been full of amazing happenstance – being in the right place at the right time on an amazing number of occasions. (Or in the case of this morning, the wrong place, as a plane crashed into a building here in Austin a few blocks away!!!)
But last night, we wandered into Nuno’s on the famous 6th. street, and found ourselves sitting next to Pinetop Perkins who, at 96 years young, is pretty much the oldest living bona fide Delta bluesman. I introduced myself, and shook his hand. It was akin to touching history. Here was a man who was there at the beginning, played Piano for Muddy Waters, Sonny boy Williamson, BB King, the list is endless. I bought a CD, Pinetop Perkins and friends, recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, and amnazingly, recorded when Pinetop was 94! – and he kindly signed it for me.
But more amazing than that, he took to the stage last night. That grand old man of the blues, joined the house band and proceeded to take us back in time with half a dozen classics, such as Down in Mississippi, and Pinetop Boogie. I leaned over to Miki and whispered, “We are so privileged to witness this.”
My respect and affection for this man knew no bounds. The term ‘living legend’ is bandied about with vulgar regularity in this shallow era, but here was a man who embodied it.
Who would have thought, when I signed the guitar in Helena at the studios of King Biscuit time, and noticed Pinetop’s signature, that I would meet him some weeks later? Life, as I had often suspected, is amazing….”
By the way: Kev has also doen an artwork featuring Pinetop, as he remembered him at Nuno’s
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To finish on a deep emotional note, here is a photo of Pinetop as we saw him…
I wanted to try again some golfer portrait, but in watercolour this time. The winner of the BMW open is certainly a good motif..
Watercolour and ink travel sketch
I saw this old couple in Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy in April 2011, while I was on my 2 months painting trip through Tuscany. I found the scene extremely poignant, full of symbolic about life and death and age and love…It was a big challenge to try to capture this moment, I did as good as I could to hide and draw. I added the colours some hours later when we came back to our Boomobile, our tour bus… well, it is not exactly a bus, bit is a big a motorhome, but we use it for my paintings tours, so i guess the name is appropriate… it sound so much cooler than “motorhome”!!!
Some years ago, I think it was in 2008, I did in Lisbon, Portugal a sketch of an old couple too, walking together in the street after shopping. That painting has received very much recognition since then, being featured in many places around the world, for example as magazine cover related to special themes about ageing , illnesses, etc…
I hope that my painting of an Italian couple getting olf together will have the same success.
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One more from my series
“Street Musicians from around The World”
I saw him in Italy some weeks ago, more precisely in the wonderful little town of Pietrasanta not far from the marble town Carrara. I spent 3 days in Pietrasanta, and I saw that guy twice, at different places downtown. Once he had only his guitar and he was reading, in the posture featured on the painting, where I could not see his face. The second time, he was just sitting, looking around, with all that stuff in front of him, apart from the guitar. If I remember well, he had a long grey beard… to be honest, I am not sure if he even played one of these instruments, or is they were there just for “decoration”….in any case a spectacular apparition! I combined both appearances in this one painting. As all my Street Musicians, the painting is done in a mixed technique involving an ink drawing, pastel chalk, gouache and digital art.
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Acrylics on canvas – 60 x 80 cm – 2011
A while ago, as a follow-up to some cycling paintings on commission, I decided to start a series of sport paintings in acrylics on canvas. Having often attended the Tour de France in the Pyrenees in my childhood, and enjoying a bike ride myself very much, cycling is to me a very inspiring sport. I love the feeling of natural freedom and peace which one has riding under the sun in the countryside. And of course in the professional races, I love the movement, the fight and the colours!
Anyway, after the commission work, I started my sports series with some more cyclists paintings which you can see in my sports gallery here.
Then, having such great tennis players in Spain, I thought I should pay homage to that sport, which I personally practiced too in the past with much pleasure. In fact I learned to play tennis in Africa, in Congo! My parents were living there at that time, and when I visited them there, they gave me tennis classes as a gift, which I took with a fantastic black teacher. It was just a basic course, but I learned and enjoyed much. Later on I went on practicing, first in Germany, then in Spain. Some years ago, I had some classes by a Spanish teacher, trying to learn how to make a proper service… Well, I still can’t!
I found in the net a wonderful photo of Rafael Nadal, from which I strongly inspired myself for that first tennis painting. I would have loved to ask for permission to use the photo, but I had no chance to contact the photographer. It is really a wonderful photo, great colors and great composition, I could really not resist to reproduce it!
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I saw him for the first time the other night on English TV, on “Later, with Jools Holland”, and I enjoyed it very much. Loved especially this position and, of course, his red rectangular guitar!
“…Ellas Otha Bates (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American rhythm and blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter (usually as Elias McDaniel), and inventor. He was also known as “The Originator” because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock & roll, influencing a host of acts including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Clash, The Yardbirds, and Eric Clapton. He introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound on a wide-ranging catalog of songs. Accordingly, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He was known in particular for his technical innovations, including his trademark rectangular guitar….”
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