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.

November or Lili in the garden 2017

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November or Lili in the Garden. 2017. J.Harms. 29x39cm Acrylic on paper.

This is a view from my studio/bedroom. It’s late afternoon, the light is poor, but the flamboyant color of the dogwood is quite eye-catching, it brings a vibrant touch to this murky November day. Lili, my cousin’s daughter, is not afraid of the gloomy weather, she’s out and about doing what children like doing.

King of Scotland 2015

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King of Scotland. 2015. J.Harms. 20×28,5cm. Acrylic on paper.

The hill fort of Dunadd lays in the center of vast green plains. On its summit, one can find a flat rock showing a footprint where the future kings of Dàl Riata would stand to be recognized as kings. Our group was lucky to walk around this beautiful isolated place. we all put our feet in the footprint. That day we were all crowned kings and queens of Scotland.

The Playground n°2. 2015

The Playground n°2. 2015. J.Harms. 30x40cm. Acrylic on paper.

The Playground n°2. 2015. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

This is the opposite view from Playground n°1. In the background the famous Loch Ness and a small piece of the opposite shore. Some of you that follow the 6th Continent may recognize a part of this landscape since I have used it to illustrate the firts painting.

The Playground n°1. 2015

The playground 1. 2015. J.Harms. 30x40cm. Acrylic on paper.

The Playground n°1. 2015. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.

Continuing my journey around Scotland, here are the grounds where Urquhart Castle once stood. It borders the  famous Lochness. What I found fascinating was the way people wandered around these traces of the past, it was like watching children play in a giant playground.

Cloud over Skye 2015

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Cloud over Skye. 2015. J.Harms. 29×39 cm. Acrylic on paper.

I was lucky enough to visit Skye during a very sunny 2 day journey. Anyone who crosses the  Skye bridge, knows they are entering a very mystical land. On an artistic level, rural landscapes have not been my favorite things to paint. The lines I see so easily in urban landscapes are more difficult to decipher in rural landscapes. I suppose the more I’ll practice this terrible artistic flaw of mine, the better I’ll get. Hopefully.

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