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A cold spell

 

Friday 10. 02. 12 It has been cold here this past week with freezing winds and even ice in the canals around Clermont. Today I went into Montpellier and saw the Bioulés show at the Musée Fabre – a bit of a retrospective.  Got some new ideas for painting techniques and approaches. There were lots of sketches which as always revealed how the artist’s mind worked. I also went to an expo of photos of devastated cities from Dresden to Detroit at the Pavillion Populaire – a bit sad but with some dramatic photos. Had lunch with Claire and her mother and saw some of Claire’s new work which has taken an exciting new direction.

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On-line

 

Sunday 29. 01. 12 Have managed to upload some images on to both the Fine Art America and the Saatchi site – not a simple task!!! It will be interesting to see if anything happens.

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Grand girls

 

31. 12. 11 Saturday Took my two grandaughters out to dinner last night. It has been a busy season so far. Besides the usual festivities I have managed to catch The Guard, The Artist, Tintin and Tinker, Tailor plus the Chagall show at the AGO and the Jack Chambers and an expo of 19th century Industrial photos.

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Sète

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 06. 12. 11 Have just spent a wonderful day in Sète with Claire. We started with the Agnés Varda show at the Musée Paul Valéry and then went on to MIAM where we saw a show called My Winnipeg featuring 70 artists from Winnipeg. The Varda show is magnificent – everything she does has a depth, a diversity and an integrity, well worth the visit. The Winnipeg show, not so much. In between we had lunch at the Bistrot de l’Horloge excellent food at amazing prices, 3 courses including glass of sangria for 9.90 euros.

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Les Vendémiaires 2

Friday 07. 10. 11 It has been a busy week. I brought David and Carla with Joan’s sister Mary-Ann to Clermont on Tuesday. David, Carla and I had lunch with Carol and then we had a tour round the lake and a tour of Joan’s studio before I took them back to St Mathieu. Wednesday went with the group to Avignon for the day and we saw an excellent expo at the Collection Lambert there. Yesterday evening I went with Kevin and Emma to St Mathieu where we heard all the artist’s presentations and Kevin and Emma interviewed Jacques and David.

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Les Vendémiaires

Sunday 02. 10. 11 Last night was the vernissage for the annual Vendémiaire’s expo in St Mathieu. It was also their 25th anniversary so there were many speeches by all the local dignataries. It was an excellent turnout and the show is well worth seeing. I met my Irish friends Carla and David there. David is exhibiting. The show is onfor a week.

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London

Tuesday 13. 09. 11 Just back from a long weekend in London where I met Julia and stayed at Maryann’s. We had a great time and managed to get to some galleries. Saw a disturbing installation in Hoxton by Ryan Gander called Locked Room Scenario set in an old disused factory, the Poussin/ Twombly show at the Dulwich which was a disappointment – too cramped to really work. On Saturday we went to an interesting installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Serpentine plus the Pavillion had a wonderful wildlife garden designed by Piet Oudolf. On Monday just managed to catch the Lautrec with Jane Avril show at the Courtauld before flying back here

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Back in the Hérault

 

Friday 19. 08. 11 I have been back in France 5 days now and it has been hot and sunny. Slowly getting back to work and today took a drive north into the Aveyron to La Scierie in Fondamente to see an expo. Interesting show by Paule Riché inspired by her sojourn at the atelier. All Indian ink on rice paper or wood. The atelier was an old saw mill used to making amongst other items very thin slices of wood used to separate Roquefort cheeses when packed!

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AbEx at AGO

Thursday 11. 08. 11 Went to a great show at the AGO yesterday of the Abstract Expressionists in New York. There were some spectacular Rothkos that I really liked.

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Molière

Sunday 12. 06. 11 Last night went for a BBQ chez Gisèle with Jonathan and Dominique – Gisèle’s daughter from Canada. Afterwards we all went to Pezenas to see Molière’s L’Avare at the Théâtre de Verdure. Brilliant production with all the over the top clowning that one expects from Molière. Started at 9.30 and finished at midnight, no interval and not one moment when one was not completely captivated. It is a pity these plays do not have a longer run.

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