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You come to nature with all your theories, and she knocks them all flat.

Collines enneigées - Pastel sur papier sablé 9x12 po - Cantley Québec Canada

Snowy hills 2 – Pastel – 9×12 – Cantley Québec Canada

Collines enneigées - Pastel sur papier sablé 9x12 po - Cantley Québec Canada

The subject for that painting came after a couple inches of snow (again…) followed be a sunny day (at last…) Cantley in Québec is a region full of hills and forest. The town is litterally covered with woodland. Behind our place is such a rugged “boisé” filled with rocks and dead trees. From my kitchen window […]

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Francis Bacon (Irish Painter 1909-1992)

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

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Why 500 pastels?

The seasoned oil painting artist only needs about twelve oil color tubes. Pastel painting needs a few hundred pastel sticks. A big difference! Why so few basic colors in oil painting? Because the artist can mix them to create any desired color. For example, blue with yellow give green. Red with blue give violet. I can’t create color in pastel, so the number of colors I can put on a pastel painting is equals to the number of different pastels stick I have. Ideally I would have an infinite number of those, but I only have about 500. Oh well…

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As a painter I am beginning to see more clearly how to work from Nature... But I still can't do justice to the intensity unfolding before my eyes.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

What’s that image ?

What’s that image?

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Van Gogh signed “Vincent” Do you know why?

A few days ago I was talking about Van Gogh and one of its painting entitled “Les champs de blé”. Fascinating that Van Gogh, right? Vincent was his first name. His full name at birth was Vincent Willem van Gogh. Well, with such a name I would have signed it on my paintings! It’s a question […]

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Van Gogh is fascinating!

Van Gogh? You know Van Gogh, dont’ you? The famous painter who gives us “Les tournesols” (The sunflowers) painting that you see upper-left corner of this blog ? One out of many on that subject… The painter who created more than 900 paintings and 1100 drawings?  Of which more than 150 oil paintings in the last year of his life in […]

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Unforgiving but indispensable!

The “Brasier” series of works depicts the power of forest fires. This series of works have been quite popular. Brilliant! Flaming! Powerful ! Burning! Fires are destructive, lethal, but a necessary evil for some kind of trees to regenerate. Unforgiving but indispensable! Good viewing!

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