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Attention aux cactus. 2018

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81×100 cm. Acrylic on canvas.

Une collègue artiste m’avait contacté il y a peu. Elle organisait une exposition dont le thème était “rêve tropical”. N’ayant jamais mis les pieds dans les tropiques et ne possédant aucun tableau “tropical”, j’ai décidé de me rendre un dimanche matin au jardin d’Auteuil à Paris. Ces grandes serres à palmerais étaient fermées malheureusement, mais pas celle des cactus.

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.