Attention aux cactus. 2018

Attention aux cactus. 2018. J.Harms. 81×100 cm. Acrylic on canvas.

I was contacted a couple weeks ago by an artist whom I exhibited with last year. She is currently organizing a show in a Parisian gallery and has kindly asked me to participate. The theme for the show is “tropical dream” . Having never been to the Islands, And having absolutely no paintings resembling the theme, I decided to roam the Jardin d’Auteuil in Paris. Those of you that watch the tennis will know that Roland Garros’ courts are right across the street from those extraordinary greenhouses. The main one, resembling a little crystal palace, was closed for maintenance. It held the palm trees which I intended to paint at first. Walking around the gardens to the other smaller greenhouses, I came across the one housing the cacti. Beware of the cacti.

Roses et anémones. Les fleurs joyeuses 2018

Roses et anémones. Les Fleurs Joyeuses. 2016. J.Harms. Oil on Canvas. 45.5x 54.5cm.

I paint flowers too. Rarely though I must say. Bouquets, offered for birthdays or Christmases, created by my eldest sister, an amateur florist, with a keen eye on color. The painting of flowers demands a whole other perspective, a different eye. Gone are the comfortable lines of urban landscapes, the reassuring perspective of  a countryside, the simple color spectrums. Painting flowers is like mapping a whole new continent, discovering endless new shapes and hues, and doing everything possible not to get distracted by the everchanging perspective of the living thing. You need special gear to undertake such a task. In my case, oil paint and canvas are my chosen tools.

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…

Les Mimosas De Mesubenomori 2013

Les mimosas de Mesubenomori. 2013. 80x120cm. Acrylique et pastel à l'huile sur papier.

Les Mimosas de Mesubenomori. 2013. 80×120 cm. Acrylic and oil pastel on paper.

In Nagasaki, I often went to Mesubenomori park. Around it bloom beautiful mimosa trees. I first began painting this picture in 2009 at the XXX Indies Art Club in Nagasaki. A small place where artists can rent a space to paint, meet other local artists and exhibit. I never could render the small coton like flowers of the mimosas, though. So I rolled up my picture and brought it back to France where it stayed in a corner for 4 years. A couple months ago I began using oil pastels. I like the rich texture of them. They’re wonderful to use. It didn’t take long before I made the connection between the softness, the rich yellow tone and the powdered flower. And Voilà !

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