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 pédalo blanc. 2016

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.

Vue depuis La Pierre Sorcière n°1 et 2. 2016

Vue depuis la Pierre Sorcière. n°1 et 2. Impression en forêt d’Ermenonville. 2016. J.Harms. 17×45,5cm. Acrylic on paper.

The “witch’s rock” is a place I often walk to in this forest. It overlooks a group of very high parasol pines. From that spot one can see the tower of the castle of Montépilloy towards the East, and the sandy hills of the famous theme park “la Mer de sable” in the North. Those of you that have been following my work for some time, know that painting nature is not what I feel most comfortable with, ergo the word”impression” in the title.

Jenny visits Le Primatice. 2016

Jenny visite Le Primatice.

On a cold sunny day, my sister Jenny and I decided to go for a stroll at the Abbaye de Chaâlis. Half hidden in the forest, what is left of the abbey still stands, as well as other historical buildings. The small chapel in this painting has beautiful murals from the Primatice.

Le Saint, les pélicans et le cycliste. 2016

Le Saint, les pélicans et le cycliste. 2016. J.Harms.

Le Saint, les pélicans et le cycliste. 2016. J.Harms. 29×39 cm. Acrylic on paper.         (Private collection).

On a Wednesday afternoon I was wandering around the old city of Crépy-en-Valois. The narrow cobblestone streets form a kind of maze in the old part of the town. For a while there I almost had the feeling of having gone back in time, until two pelicans and a light blue store front appeared  in front of me. As I was watching the peculiar sight, a young boy rode by on his bike. After all it was Wednesday, and there is no school on wednesdays.

 

Maisons à st-Valery. 2016

Maisons de la baie à St-Valery. 2016. J.Harms. 20x28.5cm. Acrylique sur papier.

Maisons à st-Valery. 2016. J.Harms. 20×28,5cm. Acrylic on paper.

With “Les volets verts”, this represents another view from the bay taken from almost the same position but at another angle. I love to paint views from a higher ground looking down. This painting is the last one in my short serie on the lovely town of St Valéry-sur-Somme.

Let it snow…

 

I love snowcapes. A couple years ago, I worked in a small hotel in the North country side of France. The place was magical. Not only was it built right next to a very old Church, but it had its own garden with ancient fruit trees and paved paths. These paintings are views from some of the rooms. The Hotel closed unfortunately but these views remain, I am glad I painted them.

Volets verts à St-Valery. 2015

Les volets verts à St-Valery. 2015. J.Harms. 20x28.5cm. Acrylic on paper.

Les volets verts à St-Valery. 2015. J.Harms. 20×28.5cm. Acrylic on paper.

The church in St-Valery is situated on a hill overlooking the bay. From that point there’s a lovely view of old homes and a mile away, behind them , the shimmering lights of the sea.

 

Bleu et jaune à St-Valery. 2015

Jaune at bleu à st valéry. J.Harms.

Bleu et Jaune à St-Valery. 2015. J.Harms. 29×39 cm. Acrylic on paper.

Further along the bay, this yellow house really caught my eye. I had to paint it.

Vue sur la baie à St-Valery. 2015

Vue sur la baie. J.Harms.

Vue sur la baie à St-Valery. 2015. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 29x39cm.

Along the bay there are colorful houses at St-Valéry-sur-Somme.

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