Nouvelles Mensuelles - Gianne de Genevraye

September/October 2019

September/October 2019
Dear friends,
I am in Desenzano in northern Italy on the Lake Garda doing work for a proposed exhibition in the city of Antibes for 2019. I’ll be here for a month. The late season is calm with few tourists, warm in the day and chilly at night. I am in a country house and battle daily with hoards of mosquitoes and the smell of the cow dairy next door.  I work with citronella candles below my easel in the small private garden.
 
I took July and August off from painting after my intense residency at Parc du Bagatelle in Paris, and used the time to reflect on my art path. I investigated and educated myself on what is going on in the contemporary painting world and the possibility of selling my work online. I visited all kinds of public exhibitions and here in Italy I continue to visit the trove of cultural sites. I was in the city of Mantova (Mantua) to see the mannerist frescoes of Mantegna at the Gonzague Ducal Palace.
 
Most importantly, I am exploring a new direction in the WAY I paint Nature, moving away from the realism towards what I hope is the core of nature that surrounds us. The American Abstract Impressionists were interested in the optical effects of spiritual states, according to Elaine de Kooning, an abstract expressionist and figurative expressionist painter in the post WWII era. I’m interested in exploring the optical effect of the essence of nature. I am looking forward to pursing this line of inquiry in my artwork.
 
Gianne
www.gianne.org (http://www.gianne.org/)

September/October 2019

September/October 2019
Dear friends,
I am in Desenzano in northern Italy on the Lake Garda doing work for a proposed exhibition in the city of Antibes for 2019. I’ll be here for a month. The late season is calm with few tourists, warm in the day and chilly at night. I am in a country house and battle daily with hoards of mosquitoes and the smell of the cow dairy next door.  I work with citronella candles below my easel in the small private garden.
 
I took July and August off from painting after my intense residency at Parc du Bagatelle in Paris, and used the time to reflect on my art path. I investigated and educated myself on what is going on in the contemporary painting world and the possibility of selling my work online. I visited all kinds of public exhibitions and here in Italy I continue to visit the trove of cultural sites. I was in the city of Mantova (Mantua) to see the mannerist frescoes of Mantegna at the Gonzague Ducal Palace.
 
Most importantly, I am exploring a new direction in the WAY I paint Nature, moving away from the realism towards what I hope is the core of nature that surrounds us. The American Abstract Impressionists were interested in the optical effects of spiritual states, according to Elaine de Kooning, an abstract expressionist and figurative expressionist painter in the post WWII era. I’m interested in exploring the optical effect of the essence of nature. I am looking forward to pursing this line of inquiry in my artwork.
 
Gianne
www.gianne.org (http://www.gianne.org/)

July/August 2018

July/August 2018
Dear Friends,
The month of July was significant, as I had three exhibitions of my work simultaneously.  My exhibition for The Chopin Festival with 12 paintings hung in the Orangerie of the Parc du Bagatelle literally brought the garden INTO the concert hall.  The combination of art and music was a wonderful experience, the work seemed to flow with the notes. 
 
The inaugural concert was a moment of grace with an exceptional concert by the pianist Marie-Ane Nguci. The garden was candlelit, and the champagne reception under a perfect summer evening sky was special. Many friends came to the concerts and to visit me in my studio during the eight weeks I painted at Bagatelle.  My sincere thanks to Ariel and Antoine Paszkiewicz for accepting my idea to paint for the Société Chopin and to Eric Benoît, Head Gardener of Bagatelle for inviting me to paint as the first resident artist for the park. 
 
I did an interview (in French with English subtitles) about the residency that you can watch here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTxdjYVRNHk)  or click on the image above.  My exhibit at Eilenroc Villa on the Cap d'Antibes continues, open every Wednesday afternoon. If you lucky enough to be on the Côte d'Azur this summer, try to see this outstanding site where I painted last fall.  A good article with my artist statement came out in Nice Matin, you can read it here (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/62ea1351991ef0045e019d928/files/ebb9fb4b-62c3-448e-919f-9bdd2f9e051d/Expo_Eilenroc_Nice_Matin.pdf) . 
 
Although the show has just concluded, I was fortunate to be a part or the Contemporary Art Project in Laguna Beach group show at City Hall, see the exhibition announcement here (http://www.caplaguna.org/banking.html) with a favorite pastel, shown below. 
 
After Bagatelle, I was able to stay on in Paris for 2 weeks and visited some amazing art shows, which is always inspiring:  Zao-Wou-Ki (http://www.mam.paris.fr/fr/expositions/exposition-zao-wou-ki)   MuséeModerne  (http://www.mam.paris.fr/fr/expositions/exposition-zao-wou-ki) The London Impressionists (https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-show-exhibition/182847/impressionists-london-petit-palais)  (Petit Palais) Artists & Robots (https://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/artists-robots)  (GrandPalais) Mary Cassatt (https://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/fr/mary-cassatt)  at the Jacquemart-Andre Corot (http://www.marmottan.fr/fr/Exposition_en_cours-musee-2576)  at the Marmottan American Abstraction and the Last Monet (http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/fr/evenement/nympheas-labstraction-americaine-et-le-dernier-monet)  at the Orangerie in the Tuilleries And finally the Nicholas de Stael (https://www.caumont-centredart.com/en/node/1503)  expo in Aix-en-Provence 
What a privilege to be able to delve into the great culture richness that France offers...not to mention sports with the French victory of the World Cup Soccer; Allez les Bleus!  Next letter will be in September when I will be painting in Desenzano on the Lago di Garda in northern Italy.  Until then, Wishing you all a restful and peaceful summer.
 
Gianne
 

Juin 2018

Juin 2018
Dear Friends,
I am winding down my residence here in Paris at the Parc du Bagatelle, finishing paintings 11 and 12 this week before I install the exposition in the Orangerie at Bagatelle in time for the International Rose Competition on June 21, followed by the Chopin Festival.
 
There is still time to purchase tickets for the inaugural concert on Saturday June 23, which includes a cocktail reception in the park after the piano concert. The following day, Sunday June 24, there is an open house piano music event in the same Orangerie from 14h to 19h, free entrance where you can come to listen to music and see my show. The paintings will be visible to the public only during concerts and at the open house on June 24. I will be present for both of these concerts, as well as at the closing festival concert on July 14.  Please see the Chopin Society's  website for complete concert information and ticket prices. www.frederic-chopin.com    http://www.frederic-chopin.com/
 
The opening in Antibes last week was wonderful! Thank you to my friends who came to this event.  This exhibition continues until September 30, Please remember that they are open only on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.  The daily newspaper NICE MATIN has done an interview on me about this show. There is also a good article about my residency in Antibes was penned by Naneen Rossi in her fun blog about life on the Cap d'Antibes: https://www.ilovecapdantibes.com/at-one-with-nature/
 
Bagatelle has been a rich and intense experience, following nature's determined path of progression in time mirrored by the plants and blooms.  I yet again had to learn a new way of working; from sketches and memory. I managed to capture different aspects of this exceptional botanical garden, meeting the challenge of a different visual approach for each of the 12 paintings. I also did a outdoor demonstration for the public during the Rose Festival last weekend, a first for me.  Many thanks to all who made the trip to come and see me in my on site studio. I have been honored to have been the first resident artist at Bagatelle.
 
I will spend the last week of June in Paris visiting all the exhibits that are in town that I've not seen, being in the studio almost everyday for painting.  More about that in July's letter.
Until then, hoping to see you at the Chopin Festival,
 
Gianne
 
P.S. I invite you to visit my website as all the paintings from my residency at Bagatelle and Eilenroc in Cap d'Antibes are now posted. www.gianne.org (http://www.gianne.org/)
 

May 2018

May 2018
Gianne's Monthly News -  May 2018
 
While enjoying two months in Paris, the city I lived in for 23 years, I have the privilege to walk in front of Notre Dame every day on my way to the metro and bus that takes me to the Parc du Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne. Being in residence at Bagatelle is a wonderful discovery to paint a first class botanical garden in France where each plant is labeled and groomed in one of the best kept gardens I've ever seen. My studio is in a beautiful 19th century pavilion in the center of the garden. 
 
The garden is full of people -- a challenge! -- because they ask me directions, if they can take my picture, where am I from, etc. while I'm painting.  My time in the garden is accompanied by the cries of the 20 or more peacocks in the park in full mating season. On busiest days, I am in the studio, either painting from memory, from cuttings from the garden, or from charcoal sketches. 
 
For the paintings, I have been following the progression of the blooms and the Parisian climate beginning with peonies, then pink Judea tree, followed by the Japanese Wisteria, yellow herbaceous peonies, lilacs, and then the exceptional iris beds that are in an enclosed part of the park. 
 
The roses are finally out, so the last six paintings will be dedicated to the famous Bagatelle roses, of which there are 10,000 rose bushes covering 1,200 different species. The possibilities are endless.  All 12 paintings will be finished in time for exposition for the 35th annual Chopin Society concert series, which begins on June 23rd until July 14 in the Orangerie of the park.  For information and tickets: http://www.frederic-chopin.com/festival-chopin-a-paris/35e-festival-chopin-paris 
 
Additionally, I am very pleased my paintings will be exhibited during the world renowned International Rose Competition on June 21. But before those great occasions in June and July, this Saturday, May 26th, the festival Senteurs du Jardin in Antibes opens the season with a full day of activities including my exhibition in the Villa Eilenroc   My solo show remains in place for four months in the villa, from May 26 through September 15th.  I will be there this Saturday 26th. Please see both invitations attached to this email.  Also remember that the villa Eilenroc is only open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, so be sure to check the website for hours. http://www.antibesjuanlespins.com/en/art-et-culture/villa-eilenroc-and-its-gardens-0 
 
I hope to see you in Antibes for the opening, or at the Chopin Festival at Bagatelle!  Many thanks to all of my friends who have come to visit me in the garden. I am in Paris until late June. 
 
Gianne
 
 

April 2018

April 2018
Gianne's Late April 2018/Early May Monthly News
Dear Friends,
 
I have been anxious to get back to my paint brushes, so I am thrilled I was able to obtain the authorizations to paint in the magnificent gardens in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris: The Gardens of Bagatelle. I will be on site painting the rose gardens, the pond and the potager from May 2nd through June 15th. This is a very prestigious residency, granted to very few for such a lengthy period. Read more about the Bagatelle here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Bagatelle
 
Following my residency, the paintings will be on exhibit in the Orangerie in the Parc, in time for the annual International Rose Competition Concours international de roses nouvelles de Bagatelle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concours_international_de_roses_nouvelles_de_Bagatelle), this year held on June 21st.
 
The paintings will remain on exhibit for the Chopin Society concert series from June 23 through July 14th.  In my next news, I will send the link for ticket purchases. This is a highly visited classical music festival. It is a great honor to be invited by them to exhibit for their 35th annual concert series.
 
I am also pleased to announce the paintings completed last Fall in residence at the property Villa Eilenroc on the Cap d'Antibes will be exhibited for four months on site in the villa itself, from May 26th through September 15th. The opening reception is Saturday, May 26th. Thereafter, the villa is only open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Please be sure to check the website for times and dates so not to be turned away at the gate!
http://www.antibesjuanlespins.com/en/art-et-culture/villa-eilenroc-and-its-gardens-0
 
Wishing you all a lovely spring, and rendez-vous in Paris and Antibes.....
Gianne
 

Mars, 2018

Mars, 2018
Gianne's Monthly News - March 2018
 
Dear Friends, 
March is a travel month for me this year. But I have two exciting things to announce:  Last year while I was painting on the island of Ischia at the La Mortella Garden, I was interviewed in French for the television program Les Jardins d'Ici et Ailleurs.  The show will be aired on French television on Friday, March 23rd, ARTE at 17:30. It is also available on streaming until May at the following link https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/076282-001-A/jardins-d-ici-et-d-ailleurs/ My segment begins at minute 14:30. Unfortunately for my American friends, you will not be able to see the streaming segment as ARTE does not appear in the United States. 
 
The other news is all of the paintings completed during my residency in Antibes last fall will be on display in the Eilenroc Villa on the Cap d'Antibes. The villa's garden is where I painted a series of works.  This exhibition will be up for five months beginning early May and concluding at the end of September. The villa and gardens are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, but well worth the trip.  I will announce the opening reception in an upcoming monthly news. 
 
Spring is beginning everywhere and there is an excitement in the air I am eager to capture in upcoming work. 
Gianne 
 

 

Février, 2018

Février, 2018
Dear Friends,
I am here in Newport Beach, California painting and doing some pastel work in preparation for my solo exhibition at the Newport Beach Central Library in early Winter, 2019.
 
The opening reception will be on Thursday evening, January 10th from 6 to 9 pm. I will be speaking on my experiences at the sister cities of Newport Beach: Los Cabos, Mexico; Okazaki, Japan; and, Antibes, France.
 
The Newport Beach Sister City Association has extended invitations to the fellow Sister City organizations in those cities and we are hoping that some of the people who made it possible for me to go and work in these places will be able to come to California for a visit.
 
I've also taken some time to do some touring of Arizona, with a trip to Sedona, Grand Canyon, and the Winslow Crater, as well as a trip up Palomar mountain to see the observatory and the 5 meter telescope (visit http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/homepage.html)
 
What I can say about these enriching experiences is that if one decides to observe our surroundings through the eyes of an artist – meaning seeing natural and man made constructs as living sculptures – these landscape and scientific wonders are experienced in a more spatial way. This way of thinking about art was the key to my instruction at University of California, Irvine in the late 70's, particularly with my teacher Tony DeLap, who will have a retrospective at the Laguna Beach Art Museum, opening on February 25, 2018.
http://lagunaartmuseum.org/tony-delap-a-retrospective/
 
In artwork, this way of seeing creates complexity and diverse scale in any given pictorial or physical space, concepts that still inform my painting.
 
I return to Europe in March.
Until next time,
 
Gianne
 

 
 

January 2018

January 2018
Gianne's Monthly News - January 2018
 
Dear Friends,
In January, I was in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. There, with my dear friend Onagh, we set up a pastel studio on the north side of the house, naturally shaded in an interior atrium, away from the intense Baja light. 
 
I did five pastel pieces, 76x56 cms, 30"x22", in preparation for my show next January here in Southern California at the Newport Center Library. The show will focus on paintings and pastels done in the sister cities of Newport Beach: Antibes France, Okazaki Japan, Cabo and Newport. 
 
What a liberation to work with dry pastel again!  This medium truly is the "grandfather of art" because pure pigment is applied with a bare hand, just as the cave painters worked, beginning the long history of art. 
 
Pastels are rich and velvety, unlike other techniques but present technical challenges of margins, dust, limited palette, transportation, framing, etc which makes it a difficult medium, one which I was happy to teach Onagh as her pastel professor.
                                               
I will also be teaching at the Annenberg Foundation for the third year on February 24. See their website for information  https://sunnylands.org/events/ and click on the calendar for Feb 24. As of today, seven places are left in the class. 
 
Sending winter wishes from bright California. 
Gianne
 
 

December 2017

December 2017
Gianne’s December Monthly News
 
Dear Friends,
 
Several people commented on my last monthly news that they had heard of the well-known “art islands” in the south of Japan that I had the privilege of visiting during my residency last month in Japan. The Benesse Art Site Naoshima is the collective term for the art activities undertaken by Benesse Holdings, Inc and Fukutake Foundation since the 1980’s in Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima islands in the Seto Inland Sea, uniting the natural landscape beauty of the islands with contemporary art.
 
After a rather difficult journey of 3 trains and a boat, we arrived on Teshima to visit the museum, an upside down shell-like cement structure with 2 large elliptical circles in the ceiling. Inside, water continuously springs from a ground of polished cement through micro holes, providing a constant movement of pooling amorphous shapes.
 
Forbidden to speak, the silent experience solicited the sense of hearing and being in communion with Nature’s sounds: birds, wind, mixed with the sound of water drops, a symphony of sound and light played by nature within and without a man-made structure.  The only color was variations of gray scale, reflecting the ceiling on drops of water like little rivers leaking toward larger forms of water, constantly changing form and therefore changing our perception. Air was visualized by a weightless ribbon floating in the atmosphere: kinetic, a poetic, transparent dance.
 
Next stop, a boat to Naoshima. After check-in the Benesse hotel, which is IN a major museum of art work principally from the 1980’s, I was delighted to see the artists that were informing and inspiring my student work at University of Calif, Irvine Fine Arts in the late 70’s, such as Richard Long, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jennifer Bartlett, Jannis Kounellis, David Hockney, Basquiat, Christo, Bruce Nauman among many others.  The museum is open to public and accessible to hotel guests until 1am! Outside of the building, there are open-air works and sculpture by such artists as Yayoi Kusama, Niki de Saint Phalle, de Maria, etc.
 
Next was a visit to the Chichu museum once again built by architect Tadao Ando to see the 5 large scale Monet paintings that felt alive, floating in the space because the room is lit by only natural light, the light in which they were painted. In another adjacent structure by Tadao Ando, the Lee Ufan Museum, with his multiple installations, is a miracle of minimalist constructs. The final art visit of the day was the Honmura Art House Project, where international artists were asked to convert abandoned homes into installations, giving an opportunity to experience ancient Japanese structures as art through sensation and observation.
 
Once again, I had the confirmation that the Japanese, in many ways, see art as life, and life as art. The Japanese gardens that I painted in Okazaki and the Benesse project made this evident to me. On a global scale, the vision of a corporation to create a living museum on three islands has brought an international community to visit this remote place and experience contemporary art in situ. A special thanks to my friends; charming Keiko, photographer Yamachan, Mrs. Abe who lives in Nagoya and especially Kiri who accompanied me on this part of my fantastic trip to Japan.
 
Wishing you all a creative New Year!
 
Gianne
 
 
 

November 2017

November 2017
 
Gianne's Monthly News – November 2017
 
Dear Friends,
 
I am in my last days of my brief, yet rich residency here in Okazaki, Japan in preparation for the solo exposition of the renowned public gardens of the Sister Cities of Newport Beach at the Central Library in 2019.
 
I marvel at the intense fall colors, which Japan is famous for. My wonderful new friend Hiroko hosted me in her home, providing an art studio, lodging and an authentic experience. She took me to see three parks in the Okazaki area that are known for spectacular color at this time of year: Okazaki East Park, the Okutono Jinya and Korankei forest.
 
Growing up in California and the subsequent 30 years in Europe, I've never seen such intensity of color and brilliance. Pastel was the perfect medium to capture the hues and translate the experience to paper. Because of the delicacy of the medium, I had to work indoors from photos, which is a departure from my typical painting in situ. I did five large pastels on the leaf subject; some are seen here. It was an exhilarating experience to work in a medium I rarely use that was so perfectly suited for the subject matter.
 
But what struck me is the way the Japanese see their garden world as an art piece, a perception, way of living IN art that is unique. In the Japanese garden, every stone, leaf, tree, path, bridge and flower is significant.  In these quiet harbors from city life, nature is an all encompassing experience, so life in that moment becomes art. I have a much deeper understanding of the Japanese garden aesthetic and warmly embrace my time here.
 
I was also able to attend the Okazaki Taihei-no-Inori "Pray for Peace" event where thousands of light spheres were dedicated to world peace and released upon the Otogawa River. Mankind has a history of wishing upon the stars and these Inori-Hoshi (Wish Stars) were created in order to provide a speck of light that wishes could be poured into. These are recyclable, rechargeable floating spheres with a high intensity blue LED solar cell that light up when launched on water. It was an enchanting evening that will not be soon forgotten. We were limited to 500 participants at the event (with many more spectators enjoying the lights on the banks of the river) all praying for peace on earth.
 
Finally, I visited the Naoshima island where the indoor/outdoor sculpture museum is a "living art" experience. Japan was a wonder with so many incredible visual delights.
 
Best wishes for a colorful fall and joyous upcoming holiday season,
Gianne
 
Pastels from Japan will be posted in December. I invite you to visit my website: gianne.org 

October 2017

October 2017
 
Dear Friends, 
 
I am in my last week of my residency here in Antibes, France, painting in a wonderful studio space in the middle of the 11 hectare property on the Cap d'Antibes at the Villa Eilenroc (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Eilenroc), donated to the City of Antibes in 1982 by Hélène Beaumont. 
 
I have been particularly inspired for several reasons. The weather has been perfect every day, providing views with clear Mediterranean light of the city of Nice in the background with Haut Provence beyond. The rose garden is still in full bloom, although we are at the end of October, providing unlimited subjects. Working on site in a perfumed garden is a joy.  But what has impressed me the most here is the Picasso Museum. The city of Antibes has generously given me a pass to the Chateau Grimaldi, which houses the museum where Picasso spent the fall of 1946 working. He left many pieces to the city, so they converted the space into a museum for his work as well as to house a fine permanent exhibit of contemporary art. 
 
What was so clear each of the five times I visited the museum is that Picasso worked with total abandonment, without any regard or reflection as to what other people thought about his work. It was pure creativity, accompanied by a disciplined, steady approach to his painting and drawing, a constant movement forward by developing a thought, image or technique, without any fear of judgement. What an inspiration and an example for me, which opened up a new path of freedom of my own expression. 
 
I invite you to see the paintings that I've posted on my website gianne.org (http://gianne.org/) 
 
Next month I'll be in Okazaki, Japan, doing pastel work on paper in preparation for my exhibit in Newport Beach Central Library in 2019. 
 
Gianne 
 

September 2017

September 2017
Dear Friends,
 
I am painting in Antibes, South of France for the months of September and October, to complete paintings that will be exhibited in the first quarter of 2019 at the Newport Beach, California Central Library.  The exposition is sponsored by Newport Sister Cities, and I will have paintings from public gardens in Antibes, Cabo San Lucas,  Okazaki, Japan and Newport Beach. 
 
The city of Antibes has provided the charming Villa Fontaine for me to stay in while I'm here. Mme Fontaine gave the city her home to be used for artist's residence in 1990 for painters, sculptors, writers and photographers. 
 
During the two weeks that I was waiting for the authorization to paint in the public gardens here, I worked on two unfinished paintings. A bouquet piece is shown here that I began while working in the southwest of France doing a commission for some dear friends. 
 
Finally I am well-installed in a studio space at the exceptional property Eilenroc on the Cap d'Antibes (http://www.antibesjuanlespins.com/en/art-et-culture/villa-eilenroc-and-its-gardens-0) . Mme Beaumont donated this Mediterranean paradise to the city of Antibes. There is a rose garden, Mexican garden, olive grove, and stunning views of the Mediterranean. There is so much to paint!  I began this week. 
 
My gratitude to Isabelle Pasquini for providing me the space to work at Eilenroc. 
 
In 2010 I made the transition to a Contemporary Nature Artist and began painting roses in my own garden in Anjou. The paintings that came out of that first experience in the garden were shown in a gallery Avenue Matignon in Paris that same year. Seven years and twelve artist residencies later, I will be painting roses again. 
 
During the month of October I will be posting the paintings as they progress on my website www.Gianne.org (http://www.gianne.org) 
 
Wishing you all a bonne rentrée, a warm Fall,
Gianne
 
 

Juillet 2017

Juillet 2017

Dear Friends,
 
The inauguration of my solo exposition in Italy in the city of Sermoneta was a very special event for me. I exhibited 16 paintings from my residency in the garden of Ninfa, a mysteriously beautiful garden outside of Rome I painted last Fall in 2016. The show is up for the month of July in the Castello Caetani.
 
The Roffredo Caetani Fondazione owns and operates both the castle and the Ninfa Garden. The garden is open to the public only two days per month and the castle is open Friday through Wednesday (http://www.fondazionecaetani.org/). My exhibit is in the Sala Cardinale in the Castello, so I am in great -- to say the least -- company.
 
The exhibition is concurrent with the 53rd edition of Festival Pontino di Musica 2017. Throughout the month of July, the public will hear top-notch contemporary and classical music concerts in both the castle and in the city of Latina. (http://www.campusmusica.it/).
 
In the catalogue for the music festival, Pier Giacomo Sottoriva, President of the Fondazione Roffredo Caetani di Sermoneta onlus wrote, "...and [we] welcome Gianne de Genevraye: you were the preferred guest visual artist in the Caetani Castello in Sermoneta, with the extraordinary chromatic colors of your paintings, with the passion that evokes the perfume, poetry and dreams of your subject that you captured in the Ninfa Garden, which sweetly accompanies the notes of this Festival, intertwining amongst the antique masterpieces [presented in the room]."
 
My heartfelt thanks to those that helped me in this wonderful residency: Alessandra Vinciguerra for the introduction, Esme Howard for the recommendation,  Mauro and Stella for presence and friendship, Paolina for organization, Luca for expo ideas, the gardeners Claudio and Antonio, Andrea for the sublime lodgings, Max and Dino for the installation, and especially Presidente Sottoriva for his words and support.
 
My next Monthly News will be in September, when I will be in the City of Antibes, invited as artist in residence for two months by the city. Until then, wishing you all a restful summer.
 
Warmly,
Gianne
 
P.S. To see the images from my residency at Tresco, please visit (http://www.gianne.org).
 
 

Juin 2017

Juin 2017

June has been a wonderful month!
 
I was invited to paint here on the island of Tresco for three weeks in the world renowned Tresco Abbey Gardens. I arrived under wind and storm, and the weather evolved to clear clement skies as the weeks unfolded. I worked every day and this intensity turned out seven paintings. When the Director, Mike Nelhams looked at them he said, "I see the paintings and I see the garden." One of the gardeners was talking about how a well structured garden is similar to a well composed painting. The more I think on this idea, the more it rings true. Tresco is dense, opulent, and rare because of its unique spot in the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf Stream giving a sub tropical environment, and my time here reflects that description!
 
All seven of the paintings will remain in Tresco.
 
Last month while I was painting at La Mortella on the island of Ischia, I was filmed on Italian television on the longest running tv program in history: Sereno Variabile (http://www.raiplay.it/video/2017/06/Sereno-Variabile-Estate-8da01479-f665-435e-9d3b-f35ddaad7f33.html). This show reaches about 10 million people. La Mortella Garden is featured starting at 10:56 and my interview (in Italian) is at 14:11 in the link above.
 
Below is the invitation announcement of the exhibition of paintings done last fall in the Ninfa garden. The solo show will be up for the month of July at the fortress Castello Caetani in the medieval village of Sermoneta where I stayed for three months working in 2016.
 
To see the exhibition paintings from Ninfa, please visit my website at Gianne.org (http://www.gianne.org).
 
Wishing you all a restful and peaceful summer,
Gianne
 

Mai 2017

Mai 2017
Gianne's Monthly News - May  2017
Gianne de Genevraye - Contemporary Nature Artist
 
Dear Friends,
 
I am finishing my spring residency here in the paradise of La Mortella Garden, already feeling nostalgic about leaving. I am grateful to the Director of the garden, Alessandra Vinciguerra for this invitation to paint here.  I could spend a lifetime and never paint it all!  The constant evolution and ever-changing plant life is infinite.
 
Every weekend for the past two months, I have enjoyed a musical concert in William Walton's concert hall in the gardens. Every concert has been a revelation and manifestation of excellence. Young musicians who are beginning their professional concert careers, usually in their last year of mentored study in the most prestigious schools in Europe, are invited to this concert series which is from April through October of every year. The Quartetto Felix was superior, as was the young Oxana Shevchenko.
 
To be in the garden with these young artists witnessing their discipline and dedication is inspiring and keeps me on track and striving for my own excellence.
 
Next month, I will be painting in residence at the renowned garden on the Islands of Scilly near Cornwall, UK, at the Tresco Abbey Gardens. News about Tresco will be forthcoming in late June.
 
I invite you to look at the recent La Mortella paintings I've just finished, posted on my website. Please visit www.Gianne.org.
The image here is the donation piece to the William Walton Foundation
 
Warmly,
Gianne
 

April 2017

April 2017
Gianne's Monthly News - April  2017
 
Dear Friends,
I am painting at La Mortella Garden on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. I've been here since March 15 to witness the beginning of spring. Every day awakenings in nature inspire new thoughts and potential images for paintings. As always, I am on a race to finish a painting before my subject changes, trying to capture the evolution. 
 
I take the bus to the garden from the port of Forio, then walk down a noisy street full of cars and tuk-tuks to arrive at the gate of La Mortella.  Once the gate slides closing behind me, I experience a surrounding, permeating feeling of silence, green and calm. I can only hear the birds and the fountains created by Russell Page. The garden becomes my refuge, my resort, my oasis. 
 
With this new body of work, I am thinking about interpretation, how can I translate the intensity of this rapid mental transformation from busy noise to extreme calm, this contrast to a two dimensional pictoral image.  Also, I was interviewed for the excellent ARTE television series JARDINS D'ICI ET D'AILLEURS with Jean-Philippe Teyssier.  I will appear on his program featuring La Mortella garden next season, 2018.  He has filmed around 50 gardens in Europe, including some of the gardens where I have painted: Domaine du Rayol, Hanbury Gardens, and Ninfa. Here is the link for Ninfa, and the others are available for streaming on the web. I highly recommend his series. 
 
http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/066315-001-A/jardins-d-ici-et-d-ailleurs 
 
Wishing you all a happy spring.
Gianne
 
 

mars 2017

mars 2017
Dear Friends,
 
I am here on the island of Ischia in southern Italy, once again painting the spectacular La Mortella Garden. I was invited to paint here in the Fall of 2015, and now am painting the spring. It is like a new garden for me, the contrast between the two seasons is strong, and the paintings reflect this with blues, violets and yellows.
 
This garden was created by Sir William Walton, an English composer, and his wife, Lady Susana Walton, a grande dame from Argentina. The garden reflects the subtle English influence, flamboyant colors and tropical plants from Susana's youth, and the site's Mediterranean climate plants. The overall landscape design was by Russell Page. (http://www.lamortella.org/en/)
 
The garden has an international music concert season in both spring and autumn, and invites youth orchestras in summer. William Walton's music seems to accompany me, the birds are in chorus all day: one pictured here is often in the studio with me.
 
With this body of work, I am thinking about FOCUS. When we look at something specifically, what surrounds it becomes hazy. Close up photography does the same. So rather than have the same degree of focus on the painting, I am experimenting with different levels of clarity. And as the hazy areas are pushed further pictorially, they become abstract. What I cannot see from afar, I can see up-close. And when I am far from the painting, I see things that I cannot see if I am looking at it up-close.
 
I invite you to look at my website where I will be posting these paintings and others as I progress in the residency which lasts two and a half months.
www.gianne.org
 
Gianne

Février 2017

Février 2017
Dear Friends,
 
February has been a very busy month for me here in California.
My exposition on The Art of Conservation closes Friday the 24th. Along with the successful conference "The Perfect Garden in the Perfect Place,"  I gave a workshop in the Hortense Miller Garden to six participants that turned out some excellent work in one day on this uniquely beautiful site in Laguna Beach.
 
Then I was in San José del Cabo, Mexico painting for 15 days. For part of that time, a group of ladies from the Laguna Beach Sister City Association came to visit to their sister city of San José, which included a visit with the Secretary General. I led a sculpture walk and lecture on the marina where there is a surprisingly exceptional collection of bronzes by Leonora Carrington (http:// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonora_Carrington), a surrealist painter, author, and sculptor from England who chose to live in Mexico. Her artistic life is an inspiration. She died at 94 in 2011, the last surviving participant of the original surrealist movement during the 1930's and 40's. Her work was informed by her own experience, interpreted through visual myth and alchemy.
 
During my stay in Mexico, I also did a commission piece of lilacs for The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN (http://tmora.org), the largest museum of Russian art and culture in the United States. It will be auctioned at an upcoming benefit at the museum. My stay in California will finish with a painting workshop at the Annenberg Foundation in Rancho Mirage Saturday the 25th where I will be teaching the idea of rendering plant life using negative space to find the form of the plant.
 
I return to Europe on March 1st, ready to begin preparations for my next residency for several months on the island of Ischia, Italy, once again at La Mortella gardens. I will be painting in spingtime, whereas my last residency focused on fall.
 
I look forward to reflective alone time again, which is what grounds me and my painting.
 
As always, I invite you to visit my website for a complete view of paintings. www.gianne.org.
 
Gianne

Janvier 2017

Janvier 2017
This month while in California I am focussing on the Art of Conservation conference that will be held at the end of this week in Laguna Beach at the Susie Q Center, 380 3rd Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Sustainability is the topic.  Even though California is, according to some people, is officially over the devastating drought following much rain this winter season, the psyche of the Californians has changed dramatically in regards to water conservation.
Water conservation has become a household word and especially a way of life.This is the legacy of our generation; we will be remembered as bringing sustainability and water conservation as a daily way of being.
My conference speech will talk about the aesthetics of water wises plants, showing paintings painted at various gardens around the world done in our own Mediterranean biotope, which includes California.  
 
Seven of my paintings are featured, along with a group exposition on the same topic of water-wise and sustainable plants. 
There is also a student exhibition "Plant a Seed" that will be displayed. 
 
I will be speaking on Saturday January 21st from 4 to 5, and immediately following there will be a reception for the large group show, which will have at least 30 different artists, all working on this same theme.
 
I was interviewed on KX93.5 on Monday morning, here is the pod cast of the one hour (!!) show, where I talk about my process.The recording of the discussion is now available online at http://www.kx935.com/podcasts/importance-show-gianne-de-genevraye/.
 
Attached here are some of my paintings for the show, I look forward to seeing some of you on Saturday!

December 2016

December 2016
Dear Friends,
 
I am in beautiful California having wrapped my residency in Italy. On my way, I stopped in Paris and was fortunate to see the Fondation Louis Vuitton temporary exhibition Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection. Housed in their futuristic Frank Gehry space, this little known collection –now dispersed in Russian museums such as the Hermitage and Pushkin – represents one man’s passion for emerging modern art. Russian national, Sergei Shchukin traveled frequently to Europe to visit the studios of Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas…. The exhibition displays 275 masterpieces of his collection, never before brought together in an exhibition. What struck me about this collection was Shchukin’s singular focus on seeking out a style of art that was not widely accepted at the time: he was collecting between 1890 and 1914 when modern art was in its infancy. In fact, his collection was viewed as so decadent by the Russian government, it denwas hid from the public after its confiscation during the Russian Revolution. Today, people are traveling from all over the world to see this visionary modern collection, which brings his quest full circle. The exhibition closes February 2017.
 
In California, my focus shifts back to the subject of sustainability and the aesthetics of drought tolerant landscapes. My beloved California is still in the grip of a devastating drought; the future of this state and all the locales that rely upon imported water depends on major changes in the way we view outdoor spaces. As such, I’ve organized a series of events in Laguna Beach called The Art of Conservation, sponsored by the Laguna Beach County Water District. Click here for the flyer about the events. I’m conducting an intimate painting workshop at the Hortense Miller Gardens in Laguna Beach on January 20. For information on registering, please send me an email at gianne@gianne.org. On January 21, the Water District is conducting a seminar on California Friendly Plants and then in the evening, I will be giving a lecture on sustainability at the Laguna Beach Seniors Susi Q, directly preceding a reception to open an exhibition of my paintings, along with a juried show for local artists and student artists. Already, local media is starting to run stories about The Art of Conservation. Please join me in Laguna for a new way of looking at sustainable landscaping through the eyes of an artist.
 
I’d also like to invite my California friends to join me in Palm Desert for a workshop on February 25. This is at the magnificent Annenberg estate, which is also used as a major conference and peace center. I am thrilled to be invited back to Sunnylands for this workshop. For more information or to register, please click here.
 
As 2016 draws to a close, I want to wish everyone a beautiful and prosperous 2017.
 
Gianne

November 2016

November 2016
Dear Friends,

My residency in the Garden of Ninfa is finishing in a few days. I have painted consistently for two and a half months in the garden with a studio on site. The planned exhibition will be for the month of July, 2017 at the Castel Caetani in the village of Sermoneta where I have been staying during this residency. The show will be in the castle during the Festival Pontino di Musica, a yearly music festival.  I also was recently invited to participate in a group show here in Sermoneta with other Italian contemporary artists.  

This residency has been a deeply inspiring experience, where I feel that the paintings have grown to yet another expression. The last painting (the first in this monthly newsletter) is almost an abstraction of the landscape. Each of the 18 pieces is diverse, and they have captured not only the atmosphere of the garden and its lush climate, but some have the sensation of the 1000 years of lives that have passed through this oasis.  

My task has been to somehow capture a presence that is calm and silent today in spite of all the "anima." As ever, nature is the non verbal witness of the passage of time, flagrant to those who observe it, as it is obtrusively invisible to those who don't. 

To see all of my paintings from this residency, please visit www.Gianne.org.

I am traveling to California soon and will be participating in a very exciting program in January sponsored by the Laguna Beach County Water District. It's a series of conferences, classes and art exhibitions called The Art of Conservation. I will be leading an intimate painter workshop at the Hortense Miller Garden, giving a talk on sustainability and having an exhibition. For more information on The Art of Conservationplease visit this website. To sign up for my class, please send me an email at gianne@gianne.org.

Gianne

October 2016

October 2016
Dear Friends,
I am well into my painting residency here in Italy in the magical garden of Ninfa, one hour southeast of Rome. This garden is known as "the most romantic garden in the world" per Charles Quest-Ritson who wrote a great book on the garden and the history of the powerful Caetani family who have owned it for centuries. The family created this sublime garden in early 20th century amongst 11th century medieval ruins. 

Today the garden is run by the Caetani Foundation, who invited me to paint and exhibit. I will be here for a total of two and a half months and then exhibit the paintings next summer 2017 in the Castello Caetani in Sermoneta. During this residency, I am staying in the medieval city of Sermoneta, another delight.

But the garden, oh the garden! The fall colors are subtly changing more and more each day. Rarely have I seen a more exceptional place. I was trying to understand why the work is coming slowly and only with contemplation. The deep spirituality of the place is permeating and real. I spend about 5 hours per day there painting, or just walking to fill my own soul with the spirit of the place. There is an undeniable melancholia within the shadows of all of those who have lived here. I especially sense the ghosts of the great artists that Ada and later Lelia Caetani welcomed and who created works of art at Ninfa. I am honored to be a part of this grand tradition.

For more information about Ninfa, please see the wiki article as well as some information about Sermoneta. 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_Ninfa

https://www.google.it/search?q=sermoneta&safe=active&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS691US694&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiJyZL3jtvPAhWDvBQKHZEpAU0QsAQIRA&biw=1174&bih=655&dpr=2

I am excited to share this wonderful garden and the work with my friends. To see more paintings, please visit my website: www.gianne.org.

Gianne
 

September 2016

September 2016
This month, I travelled down to Italy to Latina, 40kms from Rome, to begin my painting residency at the Ninfa Gardens where I'll be until December.

 

To break up the long drive from the Côte d'Azur, my friend Nicole Durand suggested that we visit the TAROT GARDEN created by Niki de Saint Phalle between 1979 and 1996.We drove through torrential storms to finally arrive at the remote Garavicchio in Tuscanny. I must admit that I am not a fan of her work, and I was prepared not to like it.

 

The garden was astounding.

 

What struck me was the size of the project and sheer manual work that it took to complete it. This was what she considered her most important and worthy work of art. But the art world press showed the familiar image of her pointing a pistol at the camera (Nouveaux Réalistes period) or her playful exaggerated figures "Nanas" dancing in air.

 

She would work on site, and then when the money ran out, would go and do some exhibitions to sell her more standard signature figure works to raise money that would go directly back to the Tarot Garden.

 

Not only did the determination, tenacity and physicality of this garden impress me, but the other striking, almost stunning aspect of this colossal mosaic installation is the unbounded and pure freedom of creativity. Almost as if one mosaic patterning lead instinctively to the next pattern and then to the next.  Each step without complex, without fear of ridicule, without fear of acceptance. To see more about this garden, here is a site. http://ilgiardinodeitarocchi.it/en/

 

It brought to mind the last portraits by Picasso that I saw at the Beaubourg in Paris in the late 1990's. Picasso had travelled the full circle from the simplicity and purity of children's art through adult complexity, to finally arrive at the technical maturity of art with life, yet realized with the visionary innocence of a child. 

 

Next month: images of the magical garden of Ninfa with the first paintings...

 

 

Juillet 2016

Juillet 2016
Dear Friends,

I had the opportunity to see Christo's “Floating Piers” installation on the Lake Iseo in northern Italy early this month. Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude, who passed away recently, are major global installation artists of the 20th and 21st century and his projects attract millions of viewers.  I’ve followed his work and saw Pont Neuf Wrapped (1985) and the California Running Fence (1976), both monumental installations.
 
So why did 80,000 persons per day for two weeks visit this event I wondered? Because it was the "art place" to be? Because it was pretty? Because it was free? Lake Iseo is not an easy place to get to and the place was mobbed with people.
 
The installation was surprisingly luxurious with saffron color textile covered paths set upon a greenish grey lake. The very long piers gave visitors the opportunity to walk on this temporary and buoyant pathway. I was struck by how this walk began as an event and ended up as a spiritual journey: walking on water rings deeply in our Judeo-Christian culture and that every walk in life is a unique and ephemeral experience in the time and space of any given place.  
 
The installation changed the way we experienced the entire lake scene, the way we visualized it and were physically present on the lake. This is every artist’s intention: to present something that changes our perception entirely, if only for the brief time of experience. If you have a moment, I urge you to watch the video of Christo and hear his words about the Floating Piers and his unique perspective on this kind of art. 
 
 

March 2016

March 2016
All goes very well here in California. 
Yesterday, I was teaching at the well-known Annenberg Foundation in the California desert, (see link below).  The Foundation's gardens was in full bloom. This impressive site is also known as a 'think tank for peace'.  President Obama was recently there with the Prime Minister of China.http://sunnylands.org/calendar/view/2016-03-19/891
 
I am preparing for the solo exposition of paintings done in the Sister cities of Laguna Beach.  Invitation will follow!
The inauguration party at the Seven degree event center in Laguna  is on Cinco di Mayo, May 5th, save the date....

Février 2016

Février 2016
Here I am in Los Cabos, in the Baja California, for 3 week residency to paint in the garden of Wirikuta garden to complete the paintings for the Sister City exposition in Laguna Beach this coming May.
This  picture is in the desert . These cactus are only in Baja, and are 300 to 500 years old, spectacular.  I would love to do a workshop here!

December 2016

December 2016
Wishing all of my friends around the world a joyful holiday season.
 
I will be teaching a workshop in New Mexico at the GHOST RANCH RETREAT, famous for its spectacular scenery, and the former home of Georgia O'Keefe.
My workshop will be in May, from the 18th to the 22nd, and the Blue grass musical festival will be at the same time.
Come and join me, I would be honored!
         Info about Ghost Ranch
         Info about my course
I am in California now, and will be here until early June, working on my solo show in Laguna, some commissions, workshops and painting in residence in Mexico.
 
Happy New Year to all,
Gianne

Novembre 2015

Novembre 2015
This  past month I was in the UK, in Cornwall, painting at Laguna Beach sister city, St Ives. These paintings are in preparation for the solo expo in Laguna in May 2016 of paintings done in all of their Sister Cities. This art colony town on the furthest southwestern point of England inspired 4 paintings of their municipal gardens, inspite of wintery gales.
I made the trip over to the Scilly Islands to the garden isle of Tresco as a guest of Mike Nelhams, the Director of the Tresco Abbey Garden, famous for it's unique subtropical garden where I will be painting in residence in spring 2017.

Octobre 2015

Octobre 2015
Dear Friends,
Today is my last day at the stunning La Mortella Garden in Ischia, Italy. www.lamortella.org/en/
The 12 completed painting show a new direction, especially on the subject of the ever present water in the garden. Other painting images from this residency are on my website.
A special thank you to all of the friends and collectors who came to visit this piece of Mediterranean paradise. I plan to return here in Winter 2017 to paint another season!
 
Also here announcing 2 workshops I'm giving in the US in the springtime:
 
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico in May
I'll be in Cornwall, England in St Ives in November, preparing for the solo exhibition in Laguna Beach, California next May of paintings done in all Laguna's Sister Cities:
Menton, France
St. Ives Uk
San José del Cabo, Mexico
and of course paintings from Laguna.

Septembre 2015

Septembre 2015
Dear Friends,
La Mortella garden here on the volcanic island of Ischia, Italy is dense and profuse. It is tropical at the entry level, and as you ascend, becomes arid Mediterranean which is  unique.  There is the rare specimen of the Victoria Amazon Lily, shown here.  This garden's water subjects have become my focus. Truly  one of the beautiful gardens of Italy and I'm enjoying the garden island!
www.lamortella.org/en/

Summer 2015

Summer 2015
Dear Friends,
Here in southern France, the last days of summer are devoted to preparations for my trip to the island of Ischia, off shore Naples.  I begin my residency at the garden
La Mortella on September 1st, and will be there for 2 months. www.lamortella.org/en
 
I have had several collectors ask to see paintings that are here in Europe, so I will be preparing an online catalogue of my favorite paintings.
ciao amici!

June 2015

June 2015
Dear Friends,
Back in Mortola to finish the Menton residency paintings.  The 2 pieces on the side in the attached photo are in progress in my studio.  "Oleanders in Ceramic Vases" are set in the last of the four municipal gardens, the Fontana Rosa garden of Menton, the center piece is a commissioned piece of the Côte d'Azur.
 
I'll be back in the south of France for July and August for much needed break, then to Ischia, Italy to paint the beautiful La Mortella gardens ( www.lamortella.org/en/ ) in September and October.
The world is our canvas,
Gianne

MAY 2015

MAY 2015
Dear Friends
I would like to thank from my heart everyone who came to the Reception and Open House at the Hortense Miller Gardens here in Laguna, and who participated in the workshop, the 12 artwalks on site, attended the Community Center Susie Q lecture, and listened to the KX93.5 radio interview. It was a fulfilling and exciting time for me, and your presence and thoughts make it all meaningful.
Leaving for France tomorrow to continue in Menton finishing my residency there.
The world is our canvas....

APRIL 2015

APRIL 2015
Dear Friends,
Hello from sunny Laguna Beach, where California is in its fourth year of severe drought. The message in my presentations about planting a "Water Wise" garden has never been more pertinent.
I'm giving art talks/walks every Friday morning at the Hortense Miller Garden, where I'm finishing the spring series of paintings. 
(Call the city of Laguna to reserve: 949 497 0779)
I'm giving a workshop on painting with negative space: Friday May 22, (to register, visit www.scartsupply.com)
On May 20 at the SusieQ Community Center in Laguna, I will be giving a presentation from 5 to 7.
And of course the paintings!

Mars 2015, Menton

Mars 2015, Menton
Dear Friends,
 
I'm finishing my third garden of the four municipal gardens in Menton, the Maria Serena garden.

 I'll be California for two months beginning in April to finish my residence at Hortense Miller Garden in Laguna Beach, sister cities with Menton, France.
 
At the HMG, every Friday in April and May, I will be giving ART TALKS (reservation necessary; Marianne Tracey, City of Laguna  (949) 497-0716).  I will also be doing a lecture for the city of Laguna Beach, TBA.  There is an Open House planned for the end of May, invitation to follow.
And of course, I will be painting on site the spring series to complete the show.
 
in June I joyfully return to Menton to paint the final garden here, Fontana Rosa.
 
the paintings attached show the site, first stage and final stage of a painting done at the Palais Carnolès, Menton, France.

Février

Février
Dear Friends
Nice article about my painting residence here in Menton.  I am trying to organize an international show between the two sister cities that I am currently in residency, Laguna Beach California and Menton, France. 
I'll be starting work next week in the third of four municipal gardens here in Menton, the Maria Serena garden, on the italian border, just in front of the Mediterranean Sea, a beautiful location. 
Working on other projects, more to follow
The world is our canvas,
Gianne

January 2015

January 2015
Happy New Year to all, may it be filled with peace and joy, and bring creativity and harmony to the lives of others.

I am back painting in France after the holidays in California.  I am in Menton, at the Serre de la Madone garden set up in the hot house onsite.  2 of the paintings that I've done during this residency are in a museum group show, see attached invitation. Work goes well!

Nov/Dec 2014

Nov/Dec 2014
Dear Friends
I moved over to the Palais Carnolès in Menton for the end of November and beginning of December, but the strong rains on the Côte d'Azur made progress slow.
After my return from California, I'll be back in the the Serre de la Madone garden in Menton to continue my residency in the City of Menton for 2015
Wishing you Happy Holidays
Joyeuse Fêtes!

October 2014

October 2014
Buongiorno d'Italia...
Where I am living while painting in Menton, France, just over the border.  As Artist in Residence for Menton 2014/15, my project is to paint in the four municipal gardens in this graceful French Riviera city. 
I've begun at the Serre de la Madone garden and in November, I will be painting in the citrus gardens of the Palais Carnolès.

I am also posting regularily on Facebook (yes finally) where you can see more photos during the weeks.

September 2014

September 2014
Dear Friends,
This Fall, I begin a new painting residency for the city of Menton, France.  I will be painting in the four municipal gardens there and will begin early October with the Serre de la Madone garden, painting in the greenhouse.  The public is invited daily to see the progression of the 8 paintings insitu.
I will be living just over the border from Menton in Italy for the next 6 months during this residency.
 
I have just had confirmation for my first solo museum show:
Bormes les Mimosas, summer 2016.
 
Bonne rentrée!

July 2014

July 2014
My exhibition in Italy at the Hanbury Botanic Gardens finished well, I will miss my new friends there and that splendid garden, certainly one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen. I have been invited back to paint another season, maybe in winter 2016?
I've just finished a commissioned piece of four panels in a castle in the south west of France. My temporary studio was in their 12th century "salle de garde". The photos were taken there.
A special thanks to my friends and cousins who came to Mortola, Italy to see my show there!

June 2014

My opening inauguration last Friday at the Hanbury Botanic Gardens in Italy was a perfect Italian Riviera evening.  The exposition in the palazzo in three rooms full of light that bring the paintings to a complete "vibration of life".
I feel that this is my best work ever.  I will be posting all of the paintings of this residence on my site this month.
 
The video attached here is from Riviera Woman, an internet magazine by Anna Fill. It was shot in my studio here in the Hanbury Gardens
http://www.therivierawoman.com/index.php?action=show&id=1633

May 2014

Invitation to my show that opens next month on June 6th at the Hanbury Botanic Gardens in Italy.
The movie Grace of Monaco was partially filmed in the garden as well as the exterior of the italian palazzo. The scenes where she is on the terrace learning french were filmed at the palazzo where my show will be held: the reception will be on that same terrace.

April, 2014

April, 2014
Dear Friends,
Work goes well in the Hanbury Botanical Gardens, and the opening date for the exhibition in the Palazzo on the grounds is set for June 6th.  The show will be up for a month. There are 7 paintings in progress in the studio.
 
Lizanne Witte has an interesting and pertinent blog on gardens/environmental interest/ecology/ and has written a piece about my residence at Hortense Miller Garden, http://sureasthesunrise.com/painting-in-hortenses-garden

March, 2014

March, 2014
I arrived in Italy last Thursday, and have already begun painting at the Thomas Hanbury Gardens.  I'm set up in the Casa di Sol in the middle of the grounds, in a room full of light, set in the middle of the "perfume garden".  The entire property is beginning to bloom, and the citrus, cypress, wysteria, jasmin and exotics spill down to the Mediterranean in a riot of color and life.
People have asked for more information about this residency, so I have decided to venture into the facebook world, and will post almost daily my experiences here, and not only the artistic side of my stay in Italy!
I invite you to follow me here;
https://www.facebook.com/gianneharperartist

February 2014

February 2014
working in an ideal climate, in a wild unstructured garden created by a woman, Hortense Miller, over 50 year period, set in the hills above the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach.  I'm finishing the first part (the winter series of 8 paintings) of this unique residency, where I am completely alone on the property every day. I will return in spring of 2015 to do 8 other paintings and have the exhibition, reception, and conference lecture.

January 2014

January 2014
I will be interviewed by Tyler Russell on Laguna Beach public radio on Tuesday, February 14 at 8:00am California time (17h heure français) about my current painting residency at the Hortense Miller Garden.
You can listen live on line at KX93.5   http://kx935.com/home

Décembre 2013

Décembre 2013
I will be in residence at the Hortense Miller Garden here in Laguna
Beach http://www.hortensemillergarden.org
and will begin painting next week. This residency will be divided into
two parts, the first 2 months in Jan and Feb '14, and finish with the
exposition in spring of '15, so I will be painting in both winter and
spring seasons in this exceptional "secret" public garden.

I send you all my Christmas greetings today from southern California,
where it is sunny and 23°C...

Best wishes for the New Year
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année

November 2013

November 2013
In Paris for culture and to see friends, I’m looking forward to the next three months in California where I will be getting back to painting and working on several commissions
Happy Thanksgiving

October 2013

October 2013
In Venise where I visited the Biennele.
Some non-contemporary work curated with spirituality as the subject, but the "new" is about the fragmentation/acceleration of society and multi-layering with movement. There are works that touch other senses than just the visual. The Biennele art is a total sensory experience with sound, film, 2 and 3 dimensional  contained environments.

September 2013

September 2013
Summer is over, along with my small exposition that was at the beautiful
Garcinière winery in St. Tropez.
La Garcinière was also the name of my peniche, which is now a closed chapter.
Onward!
Bon automne à tous.

July 2013 Monthly News

July 2013 Monthly News
Dear Friends,
Hello from summer in Paris!
Another image of the last paintings done in California, on site at the Descanso Gardens
                 Acantha at Descanso  36 x 24in. oil tempera on canvas, 2013

After my last residency experience in California which was so positive, I've decided to concentrate on my work there, and my leisure
in France, and so will also avoid the harsh winters of contintental France. 
I will be based out of the South of France and in California.
                  

June 2013 Monthly News

June 2013 Monthly News
Dear Friends
I have returned to France, to the southern mediterranéan coastline for a much needed break from painting, exhibition and PR. My show was successful in all ways. Thank you to all that were able to come to see the show.
This is the last piece that I did before leaving. It is an entry painting for a juried competition for an exhibition in Los Angeles for next winter. The piece was painted onsite at the Descanso Gardens.
I already miss my new Californian friends! Enjoy your summer

Prickly Pear in flower  61X61cms
oil tempera sur toile

May 2013

May 2013
Dear Friends!
My exposition opened on May 10th to a reception at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center in San Clemente.  125 people attended a perfect California evening at sunset.  On May 16th, I lectured on my process, inspiration and the environmental aspects of my paintings.  I've sold the majority of the 14 paintings.  Here is the podcast of the radio interview that I did with Tyler Russell on the Laguna public radio station KX93.5
 http://kx935.com/podcast/tylerrussellspodcast/5.1.2013.1400
All of the paintings are now posted on my website.

April 2013

April 2013
Dear Friends,
Enclosed, please find the invitation for my exposition at the San Clemente Cultural Center, the Casa Romantica.  Some of the other paintings can be found on my website. The paintings are dramatic, infused with the marine layer of fog over the Pacific Ocean.   I wish my French friends could be there... 
 

March 2013

March 2013
 Work goes well at the Casa.  I am on the bluff overlooking the sea, and exposed to the sun, wind and sea salt....especially the very bright light. Fog in the mornings gives some respite.  I'm working on my conference that I will give on May 16th at the Casa, describing my work process of inspiring the public to plant their own waterwise plants that they may see in a new way through the paintings.
 I have received confirmation of my residency for spring 2014 at the renowned Thomas Hanbury Gardens in Italy.  www.gardensinitaly.net/garden.asp?IDG=15

February 2013

February 2013
Très chers amis,
Je suis en californie et j'ai commencé mon séjour en résidence au Centre Culturale de San Clemente "Casa Romantica". .www.casaromantica.org  (le vidéo montre la galerie).  The lieu est spectaculaire sur la côte du sud de la californie.  Le jardin est petit, mais il y a beaucoup des sujets.  Je mettrai les images des tableaux sur mon site au fur et au mesure qu'ils sont finit .  J'ai ajouté un version anglais sur mon site, cliquer sur le drapeau américain en haut à gauche. A la prochain fois, pinceaux en main.
un lien aussi sur le website "Patch" http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/in-the-garden-of-the-casa-exhibition-opens-in-may

January 2013 Monthly News

January 2013 Monthly News
Chers Amis,

After one month of well deserved pause from painting, I am preparing for my departure for California, where I will be painting in the San Clemente Cultural Center, the 'Casa Romantica' in a residency of 3 months, followed by a solo exposition on the grounds from May 10 to June 10.
My exposition at the Domaine du Rayol on the Varois Coast of southern France will remain in place until March 25th.  My solo show at the Hospital Center of Saumur in the Loire Valley is up until February 1st, and then moves over to the Château de Brézé for the natural wine show, DiveBouteille.

September 2012 Monthly News

September 2012 Monthly News
I have begun work at the Domaine du Rayol, a challenge in the Fall, to find the subtle colors in the sublime light at dawn or at the very end of the day, once the garden is closed to the public.
Gianne