Le lac laiteux. The 6th Continent. 9/365. 2016

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Le Lac Laiteux. The 6th Continent 9/365. 2016. J.Harms. 10x15cm. Acrylic on paper.

At one point the wanderer needs to come down those cloudy heights of his. It’s the dawn of a new day over the milky lake.

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.

L’Assemblée. 2016

L'Assemblée. 2016. J.Harms. 30x40cm. Acrylic on paper.

L’Assemblée. 2016. J.Harms. 30x40cm. Acrylic on paper.

While visiting Edinburgh castle, I came across a group of very interested tourists, truly absorbed by their guide. I liked the cluster they formed around the knowledgeable kilted man.

 

Yearly self-portrait with a bird. 2016

Yearly self-portrait with a bird. 2016

Yearly self-portrait with a bird. 2016. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

I year ago, I decided I would paint a portrait of myself once a year. One of my sisters, usually blunt in her honesty, pointed out that it looked like I had just come out of prison, (she was part right in noticing that something had come out of a cage, although it wasn’t me), while the other, more diplomatically, thought it rather interesting, and totally different from the previous self portrait. I was just happy both had immediately recognized me.

Le château. 2016

le château. 2016. J.Harms

Le château. 2016. J.Harms. 45x63cm. Acrylic on paper.

“The castle” stands proudly at the foot of the castle that stands proudly…

Along the loch. 2016

Along the Loch. 2016. J.Harms. 19x25cm. Acrylic on paper.

Along the loch. 2016. J.Harms. 19×25 cm. Acrylic on paper.

While currently working on a serie of paintings illustrating my last trip to Edinburgh, I came across this old picture of a tour  of Scotland I had gone on a couple years ago. One of our first stops outside from Glasgow was at a small place called Luss on the shores of loch Lomond. For some reason, I had completely forgotten about this particular shot. While browsing through one of my old memory cards, I was drawn by the variation of greens in the background foliage in this scene. I often shy away from painting nature, I can never really grasp the lines. In this painting however, I think I didn’t do too bad.

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.

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.

 

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