Thursday 10 March 2016

Janet Reid, Literary Agent: So, I've got some stuff on the web... (and a new rule for writers)

This is wonderful, E.M. Goldsmith "If you believe in something, stick to your guns no matter what because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not."

BJ, I don't agree. Creative people are not more mentally unstable than non-creative. The problem is that the non-creative ones make the rules and the labels and the systems by which we are tested. Because we HAVE  to be tested (they have to test us) otherwise they wouldn't know what label to give us.

Right brained left brained...

As far as adding personal info to a blog. I think like this. My online presence precedes me into the party. Do I want those people at the party to know my secrets? It's hard to write impersonal blog posts. But there is another thing QOTKU talked about in the cleaning up your web presence discussions, putting a spin on your work. I want people to focus on my work.

I can see OP walking into a party, someone who read OP's book and her blog takes her aside and says. I really appreciate what you wrote. I went through something similar. It's courageous to speak of weaknesses in public.

But what do you want to focus on? My weaknesses, my paranoia, the hate mails and the stalker, family accidents have nothing to do with my work.

This is where I stick to the spin.

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Come see my new website and blog

I'll be blogging here for a little bit longer . I'm migrating to wordpress where my new blog is already incorporated into my new website.  The great thing about the new website is that you can view it on mobile devices. I had to register a new name. My old website will still be active for another month then it will automatically redirect to the new site.

Here is the new address Angie

Clic on over and have a look.


Leave a comment on my new blog and let me know what you think. Tell me if it works. Commenting should be easy, because you don't have to sign in to Wordpress. But if you can't comment, please tell me here on this blog.

I can't wait to see you over there.

Friday 2 October 2015

Live painting demonstration tomorrow in Lille

Tomorrow, 3 October I"ll be in Lille at the galerie Carré d'Artistes for what they call a dédicace.

Come see me paint and I'll write a personalized dedication on the paintings you buy or have already purchased.

In the last six months I've completed nearly 80 paintings for this show alone.  I look forward to meeting you there.

Here is a link to the gallery Carré d'Artistes Lille

Demi Apéro
oil on canvas 

Friday 11 September 2015

Parisian Cityscape - painting in Progress

underpainting,  oil on canvas

Graffiti covered delivery trucks are everywhere in Paris.  French artists of the Nouvelle Figuration included tagged trucks in their works. French Nouvelle Figuration is similar to American Contemporary Realism (my style).  So here I go to blend my technique with the French.

Friday 7 August 2015

Bond's Girl -

120x40 cm -
oil on canvas-

One of the gallery managers, requested I paint this based on a smaller painting slightly different. I called it Bond's Girl because the girl in black is a spy.

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Summer Rendez-vous - A Contemporary Realism Painting of Paris-

Summer Rendez-vous -
50x50 -
oil on canvas

This summer Paris has been delightful. The only thing missing is a beach. This girl is heading to Paris Plages.

Friday 31 July 2015

Amy - a contemporary Realism painting of Paris -

80101 cm-
Oil on linen

This is a street corner in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.  Much of the painting was done with a palette knife but the dress of the Indian woman is all veils.

Amy is one of my all time favorite paintings.  It sort of painted itself.  When I look at it I think of the book The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins because that's what I listened to while painting.

Friday 24 July 2015

Le Select, a Contemporary Realsim oil painting of Paris -

Le Select -
80x80 cm -
oil on canvas

Le Select is one of the historical literary cafés in Paris. It haunts my paintings.  I've painted the elaborate neon sign, those lovely neons which are quickly disappearing. I've painted the terrasse, the garçons during the day, the interior, and a wide night scene of boulevard Montparnasse where Le Select is on one corner. This composition reflects another Parisian cafe scene I did while living in New York five years ago. The Cafe Flore.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

A New Gallery

It's always great to share good news.  My friends tell me I'm a lucky artist and I believe them.
In June I began working with  Paris Art Web gallery currently in Honfleur.  Here is the link.Paris Art Web

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Painting in Progress - Amy -

-The rough for Amy. -

Why Amy?  See the affiche above the man in blue?  That's the poster for the movie about Amy Winehouse.  I can't wait to see it.  

I love my paintings at this stage.  Most everyone who sees them live when they are merely blocked in like this, yells at me to stop painting, right now.  But I have a compulsion to lick the very edges of my canvases.  Amy is nearly finished and it differs little from what's here.  Lick lick.

- Amy is an F40 size linen canvas.   

The French have the weirdest canvas sizes.  P is for portrait, F for figure, and M is for marine.  Then there are the squares.  While the square sizes increase in increments of 10 centimeters, the weird sizes follow no contemporary rules.  An F40 is 80 x 101cm, a nightmare for framers outside France. These classic French sizes must be some residue of life before the metric system, the euro, the internet.  I've searched for the reason and found it's based on aesthetique harmony.  Yeah, gotcha. 

Time to update.  Even the Italians have adopted the metric system for their canvas sizes.