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Sauveterre exhibition

5 paintings are on show at the annual exhibition held in the mairie. For the next two weeks they’ll be shown alongside 200 works by other fellow artists. Exciting stuff!!

Sauveterre exhibition

A very civilized vernissage was conducted outside by the organiser Mr Dupuy, with kir and petits fours…

Vernissage sauveterre exposition

4 heures à Navarrenx

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4 heures à Navarrenx (40cmx50cm) – Oil on Canvas – Sold

I spent Sunday doing another art competition, this time in Navarrenx, with the association “Couleurs d’Aquitaine”.  We got there at 12 and by four pm the entries had to be submitted.

My painting won the “prix spécial du jury”, and Esmée’s drawing of ‘La Maison aux Volets Bleus’ won 1st prize in the 4 to 6 year-old category. As a result she will be invited to take part in the regional finals for the whole of Aquitaine in October 🙂

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210 explosions

210 explosions

210 explosions (80cmx60cm) – Oil on Canvas – Sold

Based on a sketch of Ben, lying in gardens of Laas on a sunny day.

He was fast asleep,  so didn’t notice the explosions around him 🙂

Ghost Town Crooners – Song for my lost love

Singing, lyrics and melody: Rebecca Garnett
Arrangement + all the instruments: Erwan Bézie

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‘Vive La France?’ in Saatchi Showdown Number Six

Hey there, Fellow Sketchpowder friends!

Erwan’s painting of the Falling Man has been entered for this weeks Saatchi Showdown.
Come and show your support for the painting by clicking on the link below and casting your vote.

If you fancy it, please send the link to anyone in your entourage whom you think might appreciate it.
Many thanks xx

UPDATE : THE RESULTS ARE IN AND…

The piece made it to number 36 out of the “50 most frequently selected works added to favourites” (scroll down to select Saatchi’s Showdown Number Six)

~WOOT~ THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES AND SUPPORT!!

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Vive la France ?

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Vive la France ? (80cmx100cm) – SOLD

Also known as ‘The Falling Man’

Fluidity, form, falling, movement, a bit of red, white and blue – A France that hangs propelled in self-struggle between the traditional and the contemporary, between optimism and grind – are we falling or flying?

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Vive la France?
Aussi appelé L’Homme Tombant.
La fluidité, la forme, la chute, le mouvement, un peu de rouge, blanc et bleu – Une France prise dans la rage intestine entre le traditionnel et le contemporain, entre l’optimisme et la lutte – Sommes-nous en chute libre ou en vol libre ?

Lovers in Brussels

Lovers in Brussels (80cmx60cm) View in Shop →

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other.

Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before.

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Dried Rose

Dried Rose

Dried Rose (30cmx30cm) – Sold

When the Rose is Faded by Walter de la Mare

When the rose is faded,
Memory may still dwell on
Her beauty shadowed,
And the sweet smell gone.

That vanishing loveliness,
That burdening breath,
No bond of life hath then,
Nor grief of death.

‘Tis the immortal thought
Whose passion still
Makes the changing
The unchangeable.

Oh, thus thy beauty,
Loveliest on earth to me,
Dark with no sorrow, shines
And burns, with thee.

‘Hallelujah’ – Ghost Town Crooners

I think its impossible to beat Jeff Buckley’s version of this song, where his singing genius met with the lyrical genius of Leonard Cohen. But as it is a song which has moved me so many times ,  I really wanted to have a go at doing a  cover.

I am certainly not alone in this – records estimate that at least 200 different recording artists have done their own version, from the emotionally raw that runs fingernails down your spine to gospel fuelled X-Factor winning renditions that gets the whole audience swinging along to the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus.

Perhaps we all find ourselves in the ‘baffeled king’ or the person that ‘cut’ their partners hair as Delilah did to Samson – the humility of the song resonates to many among us.

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Asleep on the bed

Scruffy the cat

Scruffy the cat

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
Jean Cocteau

Ivan, Tanya & Rebecca

Ivan, Tanya & Rebecca

One Saturday night in London when we had come back from Shunt Vaults….  A dark, mysterious place that transposes place and time into a heady cocktail of 60’s Cuba, dank Victorian underpasses that hint at the Vampiric,  and the eroticism of the 30’s Orient – hidden behind a little door between London Bridge Underground and the turnstiles to Joiner Street, in the blink of an eye the weary commuter faces and Starbucks coffees are left behind and one is left to wander through art, live music and theatre – a place to escape and fantasise…..

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Last Thursday…

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Sketch of Rebecca reading the poems of John Donne

Listen to Rebecca reading the poem here:

The Sun Rising

Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows and through curtains call on us?
Must to thy motions lovers’ seasons run?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late schoolboys and sour ‘prentices,
Go tell court huntsmen that the King will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices;
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

Thy beams, so reverend and strong
Why shoulds’t thou think?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long;
If her eyes have not blinded thine,
Look, and tomorrow late, tell me,
Whether both th’Indias of spice and mine
Be where thou left’st them, or lie here with me?
Ask for those kings whom thou saw’st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear, ‘All here in one bed lay.’

She’s all states, and all princes, I;
Nothing else is.
Princes do but play us; compared to this,
All honour’s mimic, all wealth alchemy.
Thou, Sun, art half as happy as we,
In that the world’s contracted thus;
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
To warm the world, that’s done in warming us.
Shine here, to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere.

Nince analysis for the poem here

The results are in and….

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Dear Sketchpowder friends –

First of all, thank you to all of you who took the time to cast your votes in the Saatchi Online Showdown. Your input is hugely appreciated.

The competition is now down to two entries – Paul Saroglou’s Falling Soldier and Uwe Schein’s Order & Disorder. Congrats to both. We look forward to who wins this round….

Whilst E.s entry – a  portrait of  Arthur Ferrari – did not make the final two places, we feel that overall it has been a big success. An average rating of 7.06 / 10 and over 1,370 votes cast.

Out of more than 2250 entries, that’s not bad ,)

Thanks for continuing to support us – If I can nick a recent Twitter post by @ClarendonCare

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“Invest early and often in promising young artists – support is absolutely critical for them to be daringly experimental.”

Saatchi online showdown

Hi All – if you have five minutes – and of course if you feel like it – please take a second to rate Erwan’s competion entry for the Saatchi online showdown here: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/showdown/index/249973
– and needless to say – please, pass it on 🙂

arthur

Oil on Canvas – 30cm x 30cm

Description:

Portrait of Arthur Ferrari – French jazz / pop musician – Portrait d’Arthur Ferrari, musician de Chanson française / Jazz / Pop Painted on the occasion of his 30th birthday. Private collection, La Taillade, South of France Check out Arthur’s music on myspace – a wonderfully curious mix of 60’s cinematic, kookie, jazzy individualism pret a ecouter for 2009 : http://www.myspace.com/arthurferrari

Happy New Year

Dear Sketchpowder friends,

Happy New Year to you all – here’s to 2010 being the first year of a decade filled with joy, peace and opportunity for all.

Erwan’s year is certainly starting out well – a new studio easel, a new studio, a successfully completed commission and lots of new canvasses just waiting to be caressed.

As for me, I am finding more inspiring songs to record and relishing life.

Thank you for following us as we started this out in 2009 – we hope to continue delighting you over the year to come x

Rebecca and Erwan

aka http://www.sketchpowder.com

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Fleur fanée

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Fleur fanée (20cmx25cm) – November 2007 – For Sale

La fleur fanée

Une tige seule
et des pétales
perdues.

Valentine

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My Funny Valentine: Ghost Town Crooners

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Gloomy Sunday – Ghost Town Crooners

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Ghost Town Crooners version of the célèbre jazz standard, Gloomy Sunday. Made famous by Billie Holiday, who’s version was banned during the years of WW2.

Une reprise des Ghost Town Crooners de la chanson de jazz célèbre Gloomy Sunday, rendue célèbre par Billie Holiday, dont la version avait été interdite pendant les années de guerre.

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2 Women Les Quatre Soeurs

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Whenever I see this,

I think to myself

“What are they talking about?”

A head inclined

A cigarette held vertical

A multicoloured world bursting into life

But their focus stays on words

Alex Fayle

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Alex is driving up from Spain today for lunch. We’re looking forward to hearing all about the progress of his book.

This is a guy who had a dream. And has gone out and lived it. Inspiring.

Here is a sketch of him from 2007

Cathédrale Saint André

OK folks – here it is – the latest commission is now completed!

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La Cathédrale Saint André (80cmx60cm) – Sold (Private Commision 2009)

See below for stages of creation:

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We would love to know what you think in comparison to the 2005 version – leave us a comment!

Esmée and Isadora in the tub

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Bath-Song

Sing hey! For the bath at close of day
that washes the weary mud away
A loon is he that will not sing
O! Water Hot is a noble thing!

O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,
and the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
but better then rain or rippling streams
is Water Hot that smokes and steams.

O! Water cold we may pour at need
down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed
but better is beer if drink we lack,
and Water Hot poured down the back.

O! Water is fair that leaps on high
in a fountain white beneath the sky;
but never did fountain sound so sweet
as splashing Hot Water with my feet!

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien