PORTRAITS FOR LIFE

Artistically Yours… by the French artist Miki

Portrait Painting of Hugh Laurie

Brown Pencil and White Pastel - 60 x 50 cm - 2009 -   by Miki

Hugh Laurie, by Miki - Brown Pencil and White Pastel, 60 x 50 cm, 2009

I still don’t know if I really like him as Dr. House, as I started watching the series in English without subtitles, and I had no chance to understand him! But last year I had a short personal story with one of the producers of the series, and honestly, I didn’t like it at all! Ask me if you want to know more…

Prints of this painting in many different sizes, on paper or canvas, and greeting cards are available directly on-line through my FAA Gallery. Click in the widget below and  it will lead you the place where you can purchase them

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The original painting is also still available. Contact me if you are interested.

And more generally you can see many of my dreams, nightmares, passions, loves and hates by going to my gallery “Miki’s Enchanted World”

March 17, 2009 Posted by | art, cinema, life, men, Miki, portrait | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Little Man with The Coffee Cup

"Samson", by Miki - Pastel & Pencil, 65 x 50 cm, 2009

"Samson", by Miki - Pastel & Pencil, 65 x 50 cm, 2009

Just finished this portrait of one of my favourites actors, Michael J. Anderson, whom I discovered for the first time in the series “Carnivale”. I was seduced at once and always thought when I saw him:

“I wished I had such a little man as a friend…:

March 8, 2009 Posted by | 17472488, art, caricatures, life, men, portrait, women | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Power of Daydreaming

Ink & Watercolour

Ink & Watercolour

For about 6 months now I have been in the process of moving.

Moving from one house into the other, from one art gallery into the other.

I hate packing. And believe me, the amount of painting materials and paintings I have is gigantic, so to move only this part of my past life is already a life’s work. This is why I decided to do it gradually, taking it easy. The Housing market in Spain being at a standstill, nobody is rushing to buy my lovely house, so I can take as much time as I need.

The other day I was there, about 260 kilometres north of here, and  I wanted to bring back my big new canvasses, which I ordered there before I left last Summer, but unfortunately they are so big that they don’t fit into the car. Frustrated,  I decided to bring back some of my older sketch books, and other little things.

Today, a little bit bored and without any energy to start some new stuff,  I had a glance at some of them, and found sketches which I of course had totally forgotten. This happens to me all the time by the way: I normally paint so fast and so prolifically that my paintings have no time to get recorded in my memory! Anyway, this is how I found this one. As I saw it, I remembered every detail again. A young girl had posed for me at that time for a fast sketch, and I remember how, a little bit annoyed by the boring position I had started to imagine things around her… and especially the cushions on the armchair, under her bum and behind her back had more and more taken the form of wings which seemed to grow from her body… and I even saw lots of butterflies flying all around her head!

A typical example of what suddenly happens to my brain when I get bored… I see things… bananas things…

some might call it the power of daydreaming!

March 5, 2009 Posted by | art, caricatures, humour, life, portrait, random, women | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can’t Let Savage Go!

Robbie Savage - Pastel & Coloured Pencils, 50 x 65 cm - 2009

Robbie Savage, DCFC (UK) - Pastel & Coloured Pencils, 50 x 65 cm - 2009

I never thought before that this would ever happen to me:

I have become a football fan!

And not only that: I also have a team!

And if you ask me now which one it is, I will scream:

“Derby till I die!”

You see, not even a  team from France where I was born

not even a team from Spain where I live now,

not even a team from Germany where I lived the longest time of my life,

No!

DCFC: Derby County Football Club, from the UK!

I won’t enter into the details how I came to this ignoble betrayal of all my countries, just let me tell you that it has everything to do with

Rocking Kev

March 3, 2009 Posted by | art, football, life, men, Miki, portrait, sport | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not like fishes!

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Pastel & Coloured Pencils, 50 x 65 cm – 2009

I wanted to emphasize the impression of light, and this is why I didn’t put too many details.

This little boy has got a sister some days ago, a tiny little thing, and I saw her photo on the day she was born. I couldn’t believe what I saw and screamed:

“Look, Kevin, she is already completely formed!”

Kevin looked at me, amazed, then started laughing:

“What did you thunk, that they look like fishes when they come out?”

Honestly: I have no idea what I was thinking, but fact is that never before in my life  I had seen a a 12 hours old baby!

February 28, 2009 Posted by | art, life, Miki, portrait, random, The Art of Portrait, women | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Long and The Short

Ink & Watercolour

Ink & Watercolour

I don’t remember what they were looking at as I was sketching them, but it was certainly amazing enough to have them stand still for the time I needed for my drawing!

You might think, looking at these portraits, that I am exaggerating a lot, but I don’t, at least not consciously. I am not trying to make any caricature, but I am not searching either for exact likeness. In fact I just let my eyes and my hand and my pen and my brushes work together and give an impression of what is in front of them.

The good thing being that I am quite sure that nobody ever will come to this blog and write insults to me for having painted them like that!

February 22, 2009 Posted by | art, caricatures, humour, life, men, portrait, random, women | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art of Doing Nothing # 5: Master of all He Surveys

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(ink & watercolour on paper, Café Masko, Mojacar Playa, 21/02/2009)

So fascinating to observe all these people sitting at a café. Even doing nothing the characters are so obvious: in the way they sit, the way they cross their arms or legs, the way they look around…that one, for example, really seemed to own the whole world!

February 21, 2009 Posted by | art, caricatures, coffee, humour, life, men, portrait, The Art of Doing Nothing, women | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art of Doing Nothing # 4: Difference of Opinion

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(ink & watercolour on paper, Café Masko, Mojacar Playa, 27/01/2009)

It was very diffcult to capture the woman telling her story… I did what I could!

I was fascinated by the incredibly excited expression on the face and body position of the woman listening to her…

January 31, 2009 Posted by | art, caricatures, coffee, humour, life, men, portrait, The Art of Doing Nothing, women | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art of Doing Nothing # 3: Summit Meeting

(ink & watercolour on paper, Café Masko, Mojacar Playa, 15/01/2009)

(ink & watercolour on paper, Café Masko, Mojacar Playa, 15/01/2009)

Quite regularly I go to a Cafe by the Beach, and sketch people spending their time there.

It is a great way for me to practise live sketching.

Well, people are quite still sitting on a Cafe terrace in the sun, but they still move quite a lot and it is a wonderful (but sometimes frustrating too!) exercise to try to catch them in some position or expression.

I much more prefer this way than to go to some figure painting meeting, where the models stand still, almost dead… this does not inspire me at all, and neither does their nakedness I must admit! I much more love to draw the stuff which people put on, sometimes they are such a funny mirror of their souls… no funny clothing on this one though.

In this case it was the contrast between the Macho with the black hair and the other people which inspired me…

January 28, 2009 Posted by | art, caricatures, coffee, humour, life, men, portrait, The Art of Doing Nothing, women | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Art of Doing Nothing # 2: Café Life

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(ink & watercolour on paper, Café Masko, Mojacar Playa, 15/01/2009)


One more example of this exciting life here, in Andalucia, by the sea… simply sitting in Cafés and doing nothing.

Well this kind of life might be exciting for most of the people down here, but it is not exactly my way of enjoying life… but I do enjoy watching and sketching people having this kind of life!

January 17, 2009 Posted by | art, caricatures, humour, portrait, The Art of Doing Nothing, The Arts of Daily Life | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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