My friend, Claire, is visiting from Le Pecq – SW of Paris this week.
Last night a group of friends met in Barnes for a lovely get together in honour of Claire. Today Claire and some other friends will be coming here for lunch and more stimulating conversation.
I have stayed with Claire and her husband Philippe several times in their home in Le Pecq. Something special always happens.
On one occasion I was to give a portrait demonstration for an art group in Le Pecq, and so prior to the event, I painted for a couple of hours at Claire’s home so that I could be warmed up. First a portrait of Claire and then one of her daughter, Camille. Stevie McGarrity-Alderdice (AKA Spike) another artist friend and one who joined us yesterday, was also there.
During the time I was painting Claire, Camille played a soulful piece on the piano. I will always remember the total sense of interconnection in the room and the gentleness of that special moment.
On most occasions, I don’t know my subject…I just pick someone from the audience, but on this occasion, I did know Caroline.
In this instance I was working off a cadmium orange ground, with a mix of watercolour and gouache.