L’îlot. 2017

L'ïlot. 2017. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper.50,5x41cm

L’îlot. 2017. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 50,5x41cm.

I live in the countryside. Nature surrounds me, I am grateful for it but also wary when I have to paint it. I usually prefer urban landscapes, there is a confort in architecture and human geometry. The geometry of nature on the other hand, presents itself boldly, untamed, without any superficiality. It is just as it wants to be. Over the years, I have come to realise that by using the simplest lines and the simplest mix of colors, I have managed to paint what is an acceptable rendering of nature, to me at least.

This depicts a common landscape in rural France. The “place du village” usually situated at the center of a village, a cross section of some sort. A bouquet of trees and a cross , at its center, sometimes a bench or two on the sides. This particular one is in le Plessis Cornefroy, a very small village near Senlis. I used to pass through it when visiting a friend nearby. I always gaped at the trees, which form a perfect canopy. The place looks like a little island.

 

 

 

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.

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