Last September I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Strasbourg, France for an artist-in-residence program at the Galerie Christophe Tailleur. What an AMAZING and REWARDING experience!
I did so much! During the first week, I met and sketched portraits of some Strasbourg locals, while consuming as much cheese, bread, and wine as possible. Then that weekend, I took a trip to Paris with gallery owner Mr. Christophe Tailleur. We visited the Centre Pompidou, the Biennale des Antiquaires at the Grand Palais, and several galleries.
The second week was all about oil painting. The gallery provided me with an AMAZING studio. I had to utilize it in a way that my space at home doesn't allow. I set up the easel and got out the BIG canvases! I worked day and night to produce four paintings while there. Two are part of my ongoing series Rapid Development—a series painted with inverse colors. The other two are part of a whole new series.
The gallery encouraged me to explore new ideas while visiting. So, I took the opportunity to begin a new series of "frame paintings" or "double paintings" as they seem to be, that I have been conceiving for a while. The series isn't titled yet, but I'm very excited about the effect. Expect to see more of these in the future!
The two weeks culminated with a vernissage of the work. It was great to see many of the models return to see themselves framed and hanging on the walls of the gallery. The still-wet paintings remained in the studio. They were displayed several weeks later. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend that opening.
Needless to say, it was an intense two weeks! See the work below!