More French Characters

“Fromage Anyone?”
oil on linen panel, 8″ x 10″
Today was nice, but not as spontaneous as the last few paintings. Not sure why. Maybe, I am naming THINGS (like shirt, shelf, cheese, sign, sleeve, nose, etc) instead of painting shapes of color and value.
Oh well . . .! It was better than working! šŸ˜‰
This guy was famous on our trip to France last summer. He was notorious for holding his knife at the point where the customer said to cut a wedge off the side of a cheese slab . . . then, just as he was moving into the downstroke with the knife, he would move it so the wedge was larger than the customer wanted. At 45 Euros per kg, that isn’t a casual slip of the knife . . . .that translates to $30 per pound!
I couldn’t resist his face, though. He even looks a little rougue-ish, don’t you think? šŸ™‚
Maybe if I sell this painting, it’ll make up for the cheese I purchased from him! heh heh !! šŸ˜‰

4 thoughts on “More French Characters”

  1. Happy New Year to you MIke! These paintings that you have posted since your “break” are inspiring. Nice clean colors.
    All the best to you and your wife in 2008.
    Sounds like Santa treated you well.
    I have just picked up a brush after a little rest myself. Have a lot of energy stored up. Hope it translates well into art.

  2. Happy New Year Mike. I love your paintings of French scenes especially the one with the cows, brilliant. I bought the transparent red oxide you recommended and have just used it to mix with red for a very convincing shadow colour on a large painting of poppies.
    It’s good to take a break from painting, as I find I’m itching to paint after a while and get really excited and I find that I’ve improved just a tad, which is of course, pleasing.

  3. Thanks, Frank. As you know, I am ‘pitching at a new batter’ every day. That is to say, I have a little goal with every painting. Glad to hear you can see the results. Thanks for coming by, again!

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