PORTRAITS FOR LIFE

Artistically Yours… by the French artist Miki

Together Old in Italy

Together old in Italy – by Miki

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…

Old Couple in Portugal – by Miki

I hope that my painting of an Italian couple getting olf together will have the same success.

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June 26, 2011 Posted by | art, life, men, Miki, portrait, women | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pianist 01

 

The Pianist 01 - by Miki

I mentioned them in my last post, and there you could see them in the back ground.: The Pianist and his Little Buddha. Here is the first painting I did of them some days ago. I was so fascinated by them, such a wonderful couple, I guess they will haunt most of my paintings about that show Joe Bonamassa did in the Royal Albert hall in London.

I still don;t know what is his name, was too lazy or too busy so far to google it. But i will. In the meanwhile, if somebody out there knows his name, he/she is welcome to leave a comment. And if this divine pianist one day finds his way to my blog, and read this post, I want to thank him personally for this wonderful artistic inspiration he is to me. I think I could paint him millions of times and not getting bored!

 

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November 14, 2010 Posted by | art, life, men, music, portrait, The Art of Portrait | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fado Singer Mariza

Fado Singer Mariza - by Miki

I heard some fado the very first time I went to Portugal.

It was on the occasion of The World Exposition in Lisbon in 1998.

It is a long time ago and I haven’t concrete memories, apart that I loved the fado performances I saw there, as well on the Expo ground as in some cabaret in the town.

And well, the other day I saw Mariza on a DVD, and was glad to hear that she brings fado to the Wide World. Also of course her appearance could not fail to inspire me as a portrait artist and I had to paint her. This artwork is a mix of classical art (pasteL0 and digital art (to reach some special effects and vibrancy).

WIKIPEDIA:

“Mariza (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾizɐ]) is the stage name of a popular fado singer.[1][2] She was born Marisa dos Reis Nunes on 16 December 1973 in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique. At the time, Mozambique was known as the Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique.
Mariza is the child of a Portuguese father and a mother of partial black African heritage.[3] At age 3, her family moved to Metropolitan Portugal, and she was raised in Lisbon’s, historic quarters of Mouraria and Alfama. While very young she began singing in a wide variety of musical styles, including gospel, soul and jazz. Her father strongly encouraged her to adopt fado; he felt that participating in the traditional music would grant her greater acceptance in the Portuguese community.
She has sold over 1.000.000 records worldwide…”

 

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November 4, 2010 Posted by | art, Miki, music, portrait, women | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guitar Hero Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix 01 – by Miki

WIKIPEDIA:

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix, November 27, 1942[1][2] – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music,[3][4][5] and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.[6][7][8]
After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.[9] Hendrix popularized use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock which he often used to deliver an exaggerated pitch in his solos, particularly with high bends and use of legato. He was influenced by blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King and Elmore James,[10][11][12][13] rhythm and blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, as well as by funk and some modern jazz.[14] As a record producer, Hendrix also broke new ground in using the recording studio as an extension of his musical ideas. He was one of the first to experiment with stereophonic and phasing effects for rock recording.[citation needed]
Hendrix won many of the most prestigious rock music awards in his lifetime, and has been posthumously awarded many more, including being inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. An English Heritage blue plaque was erected in his name on his former residence at Brook Street, London, in September 1997. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6627 Hollywood Blvd.) was dedicated in 1994. In 2006, his debut US album, Are You Experienced, was inducted into the United States National Recording Registry, and Rolling Stone named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time in 2003.[15] He was the first person inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.”

 

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October 29, 2010 Posted by | art, Guitar Heroes, Miki, music, portrait, The Art of Portrait | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Street Life – People from Memphis 02

My guitar hero Big Jerry was a people from Memphis (well, at least I saw him there, no idea if he actually is from Memphis)… now comes somebody I saw in Beale Street, not far away from Big Jerry, but another day. I wished it would have been warmer and I could have sketched directly from life, but the temperatures were under 0… anyway this painting is based on a furtive photo I took of that person. I was fascinated by the colours, of her clothes, on the wall and the window. Just gorgeous!

 

 

Street Life in Memphis - by Miki

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October 22, 2010 Posted by | art, life, portrait, The Art of Portrait, women | , , , | Leave a comment

Guitar Hero Big Jerry – People from Memphis 01

 

Big Jerry in Memphis - by MIki

He might not be featured in that wonderful book “Guitar Heroes” I bought in the USA early this year, but for me he is a Guitar Hero!

We saw Big Jerry in Memphis in January 2010, gigging outside with his band  in Beale Street, it was my very first day in Memphis, and is was just great.

We bought a CD from him, one of the many we bought on our Music Highway Trip .

If you are interested in ordering the new CD “Blue Odyssey” which Kev Moore did, inspired by the whole trip, please go to Miki’s Mart.

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October 21, 2010 Posted by | art, Guitar Heroes, Miki, music, portrait, The Art of Portrait | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guitar Hero Angus Young

Guitar Hero Angus Young - by Miki

Read in Wikipedia:

“Angus McKinnon Young (born 31 March 1955) is a Scottish-born Australian musician, and the lead guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the rock and roll band AC/DC. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of AC/DC in 2003 and is known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits and the duck walk….”

 

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ATTENTION PLEASE:

This painting was inspired by a photo of Steve Stevens which I found in a wonderful book called “Guitar Heroes” which I bought in the USA early this year. I have no idea if by putting this painting for sale as a print, I am infringing on any property rights. If it is so, I am really sorry and would ask the owner of the rights to contact me. I would then of course remove this painting from sale.

 

October 19, 2010 Posted by | art, Guitar Heroes, men, music, portrait, The Art of Portrait | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guitar Hero Jennifer Batten

I saw her in a show with Michael Jackson, and although I am generally not very impressed by women on electric guitar or bass,  I found her very fascinating . Sorry for the other ladies, but I must be a little bit old-fashioned, as to me, a man on electric guitar looks simply better! Although I don’t like it when they start acting too much “girly”, to me it does not match the instrument and its wildness and passion. But I want to add that I am not speaking here about the quality of their play, haven’t heard enough of them to judge it.. I am speaking only about the look.

Anyway, here is Jennifer, with another guitarist from whom i do not remember who he was… if he sees this painting and recognises himself (won’t be easy I guess!), he is very welcome to contact me !  :-)

 

Read in Wikipedia

“…Armed with a wry sense of humor, an irrepressible spirit, and impeccable chops, Jennifer Batten is an estrogen-powered supernova in the cluttered firmament of modern rock guitarists…”

 

 

 

Jennifer Batten - by Miki

 

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October 17, 2010 Posted by | art, Guitar Heroes, life, Miki, music, The Art of Portrait, women | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Dog Maya

Watercolour painting - by Miki

Maya is my parents’ dog. A wonderful shepherd from my country, the French Pyrenees. She has got eyes like a human, and her behaviour is often quite human, Especially when she feels offended. This happens mainly when one laughs at her. somehow she does not like that at all! She has then this typically female habit to look in front of her, holding her head very straight and her cute nose high in the air, but regularly risking a glance from the corner of her eyes to check if everybody around really notices that she is offended. It tales loads of effect to get her back from that diva attitude, believe me. You can call he name 1000 times, with the sweetest voice possible, you can apologise 10o0 times, she does not move a bit. The only way to calm her down is to offer her some Pyrenean cheese: she cannot resist! Me neither by the way…

October 14, 2010 Posted by | animals, art, life, Miki, portrait | , , | Leave a comment

Guitar Hero Steve Stevens

 

Steve Stevens - by Miki

 

 

Wikipedia:

“Steve Stevens (born as Steven Schneider on May 5, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and songwriter.
He is best known for playing for other artists (most notably Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil)[1] and less known for his critically acclaimed solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco A Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and as an in-demand session guitarist….”


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ATTENTION PLEASE:

This painting was inspired by a photo of Steve Stevens which I found in a wonderful book called “Guitar Heroes” which I bought in the USA early this year. I have no idea if by putting this painting for sale as a print, I am infringing on any property rights. If it is so, I am really sorry and would ask the owner of the rights to contact me. I would then of course remove this painting from sale.

October 10, 2010 Posted by | art, Guitar Heroes, life, men, Miki, music, The Art of Portrait | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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