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.

Yearly self-portrait with noren. 2018

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Yearly self-portrait with noren. 2018. J. Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on red paper.

This year’s portrait was more difficult to paint than the previous years. I painted and discarded several before finally painting this one. Ten years ago, almost to the day, I left France to go to Japan, where I lived and worked for a year and a half.

It was a tough yet rewarding and meaningful experience. It was there that I found my artistic language among the many colors and lines of the cityscape of Nagasaki.

While living there, I got to witness traditional holidays, and seasonal events. I also visited craft shops, I began collecting art too, and sent home many things, like this noren, a detail of which I painted in the background. It now hangs in my bedroom.

Exhibition at the Château ! 2018

From May the 26th to June, 3rd, I will be exhibiting, along with 50 other artists, some of my paintings at the Château de Lamorlaye in the Oise region of France.

How exciting !

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Tree House. 2017

Tree house. 2017. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 30,5x44cm.

Tree House. 2017. J.Harms. Acrylic on paper. 30,5x44cm.

Two years ago, a friend invited me to go on a trip to Andernos-les-Bains. A popular French summer holiday destination situated in the Bassin d’Arcachon. We went in February and were very pleased to enjoy mild sunny weather . We wandered the streets of the small town, with its typical beach houses, most of them empty at that period.  We also ate loads of mussels ‘à la crème’, and drove all along the Bassin, to the Cap Ferret, to Arcachon, and to the famous “dune du Pyla”.

The plain urban landscape with a building, a bit of nature (and of course an electric pole), is definitely the kind of pictural mix I find attractive. It reminds me of the Japanese sceneries I painted a couple years back,  where one can find these same elements.

 

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…

Empty Boats Along The Bay 2013

Empty boats along the bay. 2013. 17x24 cm. Acrylic on paper. J.harms

Empty boats along the bay. 2013. 17×24 cm. Acrylic on paper.

It was the beginning of summer along the bay of Saint-Valéry sur Somme. Boats seemed to be hibernating somehow.

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