On the edge of a precipice 2015

On the edge of the precipice. 2015. J.harms.

On the edge of a precipice 2015. Acrylic on white paper. 23×15,5 cm.

I began this painting at the beginning of January. Those who know Paris will recognize the Hermès horse perched on the roof of the building near Place de la Concorde. The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo happened while I was working on this picture. Somehow, something I had thought would be funny to paint ended up with a whole new meaning. Instead of the conquering animal at the top of the world, I saw the proud aristocratic horse on the edge of a precipice.

Under The Trees 1, 2014

Under the trees I. 2014. 12x24cm. Acrylic on paper. J.Harms - Copie

Under the trees 1, 2014, 12x24cm, Acrylic on paper. Julie Harms.

I have a small digital camera I carry around in my bag. I use it whenever I see something that might interest me for a future painting. I seldom use the whole picture, most of the time I use a detail from that picture. It also happens that I forget about a picture and keep it in my camera for months, sometimes years. This detail, is taken from a picture I took the same day I took the one for the painting “Three friends”. It was in Paris, It was hot, and sunny, and whenever that happens, Parisians run for the shade… I don’t want people to notice when I take pictures of them, so I have to press on the button quickly, regardless of the light and the composition…

Three Friends 2012

Three Friends. Julie Harms

Three friends (2012)
Acrylic on paper – 17,5×31 cm  (private collection)

On a sunny afternoon around le Bon Marché in Paris.
Wandering along Rue de Babylone, I came across a park surrounded by high walls filled with kids and strollers. The city tends to be  forgotten there.
Three friends walk up a large sandy alley,  discussing the world.

Circulez 2012

Circulez. Julie Harms

Circulez (2012)
Acrylic on canvas – 110×110 cm

Not very far from the Moulin de La Galette, I came across this large space dominated by vertical lines.
It felt like walking on an island.
Cars can’t park, pedestrians cross it without lingering.

“No” in Montmartre 2012

“No” in Montmartre (2012)
Acrylic on canvas – 85×110 cm (private collection)

The Sacré Coeur is built at the top of a hill and one must climb numerous stairs in order to reach it. The crowd mainly concentrates in front of the building. The back is a little deserted by tourists. One can walk back down to the city peacefully, or just stand there and look at the layers of streets and buildings unfolding at ones foot.

By Montmartre 2012

By Montmartre. Julie Harms

By Montmartre. 2012. J.Harms
Acrylic  on canvas – 97×125 cm. (Private collection.)

It’s Sunday morning. After a light brunch “chez Marcel”, I’m taking a stroll around Montmartre.

Vue De Chez Papa 2 (Parisian Rooftops) 2010

Vue de chez Papa 2 (parisian rooftops). Julie Harms

“Vue de chez papa” 2 (2010)
Acrylic on paper 25×32,5 cm (private collection)

Sunday  morning in october, from the living room window,
Parisian rooftops of the 19ème arrondissement

Vue De Chez Papa (Parisian Rooftops) 2010

Vue de chez Papa (Parisian rooftops). Julie Harms

“Vue de chez papa” (2010)
Acrylic on paper 25×32,5 cm (private collection)

Sunday  morning in october, from the living room window, Parisian rooftops of the 19ème arrondissement.

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