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 !
Brasserie Ito (2010)
Acrylic on canvas – 33×40,2 cm (private collection)
… Walking down the street to the shopping arcade, a piece of France reminding me of my country… I never walked up the stairs that led to M. Ito’s restaurant. Not could I read the complicated menu… Mr.Ito, I believe it was him, would stand on the street in front of his restaurant, late at night…walking back and forth or just standing there… it seemed he was always waiting for someone.
Walking to Mesubenomori park (2010)
Acrylic on paper – 36,5×44,5 cm (private collection)
At the bottom of the hill is Ume Saito, the big mall. If I turn left I’ll end up walking along the China Sea. Another lantern festival… The weather is cool, the street buzzes with engines running… or waiting for the lights to turn green… I’m probably going for a stroll at Mesubenomori Park overlooking the sea… My favorite place.
At the foot of Spectacle Bridge in Nagasaki (2010)
Acrylic on paper – 33×41 cm (private collection)
The town disappears below the bridge. Children play, take pictures… The town is above their heads… This bridge shared my life for a year and a half inviting me to see beyond appearances.