"Jenny....do you have a web-page? I would love to see your art...xxxx"
All I could do on the spur of the moment was to refer her to a recent article (in French) on a friend’s blog.
I promised to get this page up as quickly as possible to give her at least a glimpse of what I’m up to.
I’ll add to it from time to time in response to your questions.
So, please, do keep them coming!
This is the answer I put on Facebook this morning.
Thank you, Sue
If you google my name, my website should come up.
www.artinenglish.org but it’s more info about my courses than my art work.
If you google my name and “ ouest france”, a newspaper article with photos
of my exhibition last year, should come up. (I’ll put it on my website
with the translation soon. I promise.)
If you look at the photos in the newspaper article, see the middle
painting in the top row. That is what I’m working on now, to order.
We decided I’d work on another series on the theme of the coastal dunes,
using different formats and textures of canvas.
I’m just getting my teeth into it now and should deliver at Easter.
Lovely to be paid to do what I love doing. The trouble with art is that
human beings very rarely see eye to eye, so when it does happen, as it has
with my client, I feel immense gratitude.
Do you have a link I can follow to see your work?
I also have boards on pinterest, do you?
Have a good day
Once upon a time, my favorite journalist and good friend Odile Lorber was
in the mood. Her heartfelt recommendation of my paintings on show at an
annual group exhibition in the Salorges cultural centre, gave rise to a
once-in-a-life-time newspaper article in the Ouest France.
Odile Lorber’s blog is called Noirmoutier ‘Les humeurs de l’île‘
— The Moods of the Island — and her trend-setting interviews, reviews and
articles, do indeed reveal the more subtle moods of our island: the
out-of-the-way places, encounters, events, recipes and books.
Her titles like some of the following: Mussels and French Fries at the
Café Gustave, Colouring In the Port of Noirmoutier, Two Great Journalists
Visit Noirmoutier and The Bois de la Chaise Regatta etc. are evocative to
say the least.
This is a home made translation I’ve done myself from Odile’s write up.
It’s my personal interpretation of what my journalist friend said in her
blog, but I‘ve ‘corrected’ a few facts. I try to give the feeling of her
“Jennifer has been a member of the Association of Painters of the Island
of Noirmoutier for the last 23 years. Originally from South Africa, she
spends her holidays in her family home in l’Epine (La Guérinière) and
she’s made her studio in Sautron where she lives the rest of the time.”
“Every summer the Association of Painters has an exhibition in the
Salorges, an opportunity for the public to appreciate the very different
approaches of a group of artists.”
“Amoungst these diverse talents, ‘Les Humeurs de l’Île’, singled out
Jennifer’s contribution. Nine canvasses grouped together, colourful,
vibrant and dynamic. The sea and sky are enhanced by the imaginary colours
of the ancient sails of the wooden boats from days -gone - by.”
“These paintings have a curious story that the artist tells:
“My cousin, creator of ceramics in South Africa, delivered a stock of
blank canvasses here, but, like any self respecting fairy godmother, she
made one condition. The paintings should return to the Cape for an
exhibition in Hout Bay.’ Should the wish be granted, the exhibition’ll get
off the ground early next year.”
“The execution of these paintings curiously started while working for
another group exhibition, in New York, of Artmoney, a Danish initiative,
organized at the The Gathering of the Tribes Gallery. 117 artists of
different nationalities are participating, each exhibiting twenty original
‘bank notes’ measuring 12 x18 and costing 27€ each.”
“ Going through old folders of life drawings, gleaning interesting
odds-and-ends from unsatisfactory or abandoned projects, I started cutting
out bank notes for art money. Amongst a few dozen cut-outs, a hand full
of compositions stood out. They were then freely transposed onto the large
canvasses even though the format had to be adapted. These rough
enlargements formed the basis of the paintings exhibited at the Salorges.
Afterwards, I started working with warm blues, the other brighter colours
unintentionally made their own way into the picture, to the forefront
between the sea and the sails.”
“After this exhibition at the Salorges, Jennifer is flying to New York as
the artmoney exhibition starts on the 14th September and lasts a
fortnight. Then she’ll pick up her numerous activities around Nantes
teaching art and language conversation. At Sautron, in her studio,
Jennifer welcomes groups of adultes and young adults and she also
intervenes at the Saint Pierre and André Lermitte schools with lunchtime
and after-school ateliers. On Wednesday mornings, she teaches at the
Ateliers de la Gobinière art school.”
Exhibition ‘Painters of the Island of Noirmoutier’ at the Salorges until
the 26th August 2013, every day from 10h to 13h and from 16h to 20h. The
mixed talents of Michel Billardon, Jennifer de Bonnafos, Louise Bradley,
Chupin, Rémy Couton, David, Dufour, Grenko, Claude Launeau, William
Moreau, Madé Paintendre, Yvette Pécard, Jean Jacques Trichet, Celine
Wattecamps, Zamanski et leurs invités Sophie Couturier and Odile Galey.
Upcoming exhibition in Noirmoutier:
15th-24th August 2014 at the Salorges on the harbour.
If you’d like an invitation to the opening, please leave your message and email address on my contact page. See you soon!