Le labyrinthe. 2016

the labyrinth. J.Harms. - Copie

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

Exit Royal. J.Harms - Copie

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 roi des elfes. 2016

le roi des elfes. J.Harms. - Copie

Le roi des elfes. 2016. J.Harms. 28,5x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

I was on the look out for a wool shop downtown Edinburgh. I had forgotten the exact address of the place, all I could remember was that it was situated on the northern part of the city, in a residential area, and since I had time on my hands, I just went, hoping somehow that I would  encounter it along the way. That day I walked several hours, strolling along the streets, when I came across the king of the Elves…

 

Le rond-point. 2016

rond point . J.Harms - Copie

Le rond-point. 2016. J.Harms. 39 x 49,5cm. Acrylic on paper.

This is the second painting illustrating my trip, this past January, to Edinburgh. It depicts a street near the famous Victoria street. I was struck by the geometry of this particular scenery. Triangles, circles and rectangles. I read a short essay on Bauhaus recently, and for some reason this painting reminds me of the movement. The yellow sky is just how I remembered the atmosphere, in reality it was rather a grey and cloudy day.

Le pignon orange. 2016

le pignon orange. J.Harms - Copie

Le pignon orange. 2016. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

I have had the chance to wander through the streets of Edinburgh this past January. The city inspired me very much, and I must say that I couldn’t wait to paint it. After spending some time walking on Calton hill, I spotted this very colorful house down the hill. The deep and bright orange stood out boldly in the surrounding blacks and browns.

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