Come out to play…Monique!

Seems like Monique is getting braver these days and beginning to reveal more of herself.  I’m not sure though, she looks a bit shy.

Aah, my Monique, such a cutie. 🙂

Come out to play…Monique!
Acrylic on canvas
76 x 51 x 3.8 cm

COTPMonique 2
Painting by James Presley

COTPMonique 4

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L’incroyable histoire de la famille Presley

Not so long ago, I was looking through some photos and I came across these images of some paintings.  When I first glanced at them I had no idea that I had done the paintings because they are so different to what I am doing now and also because I had completely forgotten about them.

 

La_famille_Presley
La famille Presley, Acrylic on paper, Ca. 2002

You see, I really can’t remember doing them.  I know when I first started painting I was experimenting with different techniques and styles, but I don’t remember these.  Anyway, I quite like them, so I thought I would share them and Icall them the Presley family paintings.  Introducing me, my miss and my mistress and maybe a grand old wizard who helps me magic my way through life.

 

La_commission_judiciaire_Presley
La commission judiciaire Presley, Acrylic on paper, Ca. 2002, By James Presley

If you happen to like any of the paintings then good luck in finding them, because I have no idea where they are.  I probably gave them to someone in the past and when I die they’ll be worth a fortune and probably sold at Sotherby’s for a ridiculous amount. LOL.

 

Monique’s Twin

This is Monique’s twin sister Maria, she’s the angel of the two but a bit shy so she keeps her face covered when posing for her portrait.  I’ll let her know if she’s liked. 🙂

You can visit Monique and Maria here

Monique’s Twin
76 x 52 x 3.8 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Monique's Twin 1

 

My Picasso

I’ve recently discovered a place where I can purchase all kinds of great books at incredibly low prices.  I used to have a large collection of art books about some of my favourite artists, but due to circumstances out of my control all were lost, so I have gradually started replacing them and adding a few extra.

 

La Vie
La Vie, 1903

 

I recently came into possession of Picasso, by Carsten-Peter Warncke, which is an amazing book following Picasso’s journey through his different periods.  To be honest, before I got this book I had only had an interest in Picasso’s Cubist art, I knew of other styles and periods but hadn’t really taken much notice.  I didn’t know what I had been missing.

 

Mother and Child
Mother and Child, 1905

They are just some of the most beautiful paintings, with so much emotion, depth, and feeling, taking you inside the painting and capturing everything in the expressions and hands of the subjects.

 

The Acrobats Family with Monkey
The Acrobat’s Family with Monkey, 1905

 

So I have included a few here that I liked a lot and some details of hands that I could already see developing towards the cubist paintings that he later did.

 

The Death of Harlequin (detail)
The Death of Harlequin (detail), 1906

 

The Acrobats Family with Monkey (detail)
The Acrobat’s Family with Monkey (detail), 1905

 

 

 

I strongly recommend purchasing the book for study and inspiration.

(images from book Picasso by Carsten-Peter Warncke, published 1998)