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.
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.
Bleu et Jaune à St-Valery. 2015. J.Harms. 29×39 cm. Acrylic on paper.
Further along the bay, this yellow house really caught my eye. I had to paint it.
Ruelle rouge à St-Valery. 2015. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.
When I decided to paint a serie of views on St-Valery-sur-Somme, this particular narrow street escaped my notice at first. But while checking out the pictures again, I was immediately drawn by the red hues. I can feel the warmth oozing from those brick stone walls. I remember vividly how warm it was, and how lucky I was to visit a place with this quality of light to it.
Ma and Jo in St-Valery. 2015. J.Harms. 29x39cm. Acrylic on paper.
I am currently working on a serie of pictures I took 2 years ago while on a day trip to St-Valery-Sur-Somme, with my mother and sister. It was early July, hence the flags, and the day was beautiful. Ma seems to be carrying the sun on her back…
Along the bay of Saint-Valéry. 2013. 17×24 cm. Acrylic on paper.
Saint-Valéry-Sur-Somme is a small town overlooking the Baie de Somme. The local authorities arranged a wooden path along the bay that spreads out to the sea. That day the sun was hot, the sky empty, the sea quiet. A perfect day for a walk before getting on the old steam engine that would lead us to the Crotoy and its large sandy beach.