The 6th Continent so far, 1 to 10/365

 

So far, the wanderer has entered the 6th Continent, walked by the towering peaks of Mount Calm, to the Stellar Bridge, where the walls of a mountain are carved to serve as shelters for the travellers. He has continued on his way  until he crossed another bridge over the Great Cloud Dam. Days and nights passed before he reached the  spectacular Light Catchers and the Ring House that serves as a power station. Using the Glass Tunnels over several miles he finally encountered the first camps overlooking the Great Narrow Mountain Pass. For days, the wanderer followed the paths down the mountainous land, when reaching the Window in the mountain, he knew he was near the Milky Lake reflecting the grey clouds and morning rise above its water. Keeping the lake on his left, he finally saw the Color Compass, and chose to rest before resuming his journey towards the South.

Julie Harms, 2016.

La borne chromatique. The 6th Continent. 10/365. 2016

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La borne chromatique. The 6th Continent. 10/365. J.Harms. 10x25cm. Acrylic on paper.

The wanderer reaches a color compass. White indicates the North. The sun doesn’t always shine in the 6th Continent, unfortunately.

One, two, three, four cyclists. 2016

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One, two, three, four cyclists. 2016. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

I came across a picture the other day, in one of my old memory cards. Four cyclists leaving Kilmartin, a Highland stop on a tour I took 2 years ago. It was at the time of the Referundum in Scotland, which explains the ‘yes’panel on the lamp post. The bright color jackets caught my eye and the process in which they departed. One after the other.

Les doigts jaunes. 2016

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Les doigts jaunes. 2016. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

This is another of my rare attempts in grasping nature through paint. Where I find it easy to decipher the net of lines and colors in urban landscapes, I find it almost impossible in a bushy context. This is my rendering of the quaint corner of a friend’s garden. She used straw to cover her crops of potatoes…

Le labyrinthe. 2016

Le labyrinthe. 2016. J.Harms. 45x60cm. Acrylic on paper;

Le labyrinthe. 2016. J.Harms. 45x60cm. Acrylic on paper.

I seldom use maps when wandering around cities. Needless to say I have often lost myself. Around the castle, two hills stand out in Edinburgh, after climbing Arthur’s seat, I decided to go from there to Calton hill. So, keeping that hill in sight, I walked and walked, and found a small path going up. On my left, over the roofs, a labyrinth of streets.

Exit royal. 2016

La porte. 2016. J.Harms. 15x21cm. Acrylic on paper.

Exit royal. 2016. J.Harms. 15x21cm. Acrylic on paper.

Edinburgh castle has many features which I enjoy painting. An elevated perspective, alcoves, unusual point of views, people wandering, and a layer of rich colors . The view from the castle, which I hope I’ll be painting soon, was extraordinary. This exit, which illustrates the end of my visit, opens on the enormous esplanade right infront of the castle. If you go straight on, it will lead you to the royal mile, another fine street.

 

Le pédalo blanc. 2016

Le pédalo blanc. 2016. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on red paper.

Le pédalo blanc. 2016. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

On a fine Sunday afternoon, My sister, a friend, and I drove to Pierrefonds with paddleboats in mind. The majestic castle of Pierrefonds, overlooks a beautiful lake. For 4.5 euros one can rent a paddleboat and go for a ride around the lake. There, we spotted herons a plenty, fish wriggling under the yellow water lillies, and ducks of all kinds and colors happily chasing eachother.

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