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Anonymous

Here’s my latest painting, which I called Anonynous, since we can’t really see her face. It’s done after a picture I took at the cemetary in Altoona, PA last november, I was there attending Illuxcon 4.

The painting is 12″x24″, acrylics on canvas and the edges are painted. The price is 180 $ CAN or 230 $ CAN with the metal leaf frame seen in the picture. If you are interested or want to inquire about shipping, you can reach me at chantal @ chantalfournier (dot) com

 

 

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Une visite au cimetière le plus banal.

Dans le poste précédent, j’avais raconté ma visite aux cimetières principaux à Granby, la ville où j’ai grandit. Le premier était très vieux et avait des monuments intéressants mais peu de statues. Le deuxième est super quelconque en, en gros, ressemble à une banlieue où tout est uniforme. Il y a des sections où les pierres sont toutes de la même forme, même épaisseur, même genre de motifs, espacées toutes également. La seule chose qui change est la couleur, gris, rose, noir, gris, noir, rose. Une chance qu’il y a quelques sections différentes où les voisins gonflables se sont livrés bataille, une pierre a un motif de cerf, la deuxième a un poisson, la troisième, un cerf ET un poisson, etc. Donc il y en a quelques-unes qui ont des statues! J’ai donc pu prendre des photos qui seront utiles pour mes prochaines peintures.

J’ai passé toute la journée sans penser à ajuster ma balance des blancs, mais je suis quand même contente du résultat, je ne pensais pas me retrouver avec une photo comme celle-ci:

Le ciel va nous avaler.

Ce que vous ne voyez pas, c’est que derrière les cryptes, il y a un zoo.

Je suis sérieuse à propos du zoo. Les manèges sont à seulement une centaine de mètres derrière les cryptes. Pendant tout notre temps la bas, nous avons entendu les  bruits de chaines des montagnes russes et les gens crier. Si vous êtes juste à côté des cryptes, vous pouvez voir certains manèges au dessus de la haie. Les animaux et Amazoo (le parc aquatique) sont un peu plus loin du cimetière.

Je ne suis pas sûre pourquoi, mais je trouve que ça ressemble à une courtisane asiatique.

Je ne sais pas d'où il vient, mais il ne porte qu'une serviette.

Les mains attachées avec de la broche et décapité, ce n'est pas morbide du tout.

Des fées en résine, ça c'est différent!

Qui eu cru que Jésus avait d'aussi petits bras.

J'ai été chanceuse, j'ai pu prendre plusieurs photos de corneilles.

C’est tout pour ma visite à Granby,  mais je vais trouver d’autres cimetières à visiter!

Visiting the most pedestrian graveyard ever.

In a previous post, I related my visit to both major cemetaries in my hometown of Granby. The first one was very old and had interesting tombs but very few statues. The second one was super mundane and overall, it looked like a repetitive suburb. Seriously, in some sections, all the markers had the same shape, same thickness, they were evenly spaced  and the only variation was color.  Thankfully, there was more variation in other  areas so I was able to take useful pictures of monuments.

I spent all day taking pics with a messed up white balance, but in the end, I’m pretty happy because I never thought I’d get a pic like this:

The sky opening to swallow us all.

What you don’t know is to the right behind the crypts, there is a zoo.

I’m not kidding about the zoo, the rides are only a couple hundred feet behind the crypt. All the time we were there we could hear the chain clinking sound of a roller coaster and people screaming. IF you stand next to the crypts you can even see some rides over the hedge. The animals and Amazoo (waterpark) are a bit further away from the cemetary.

I'm not sure why, but this lady makes me think of some asian courtesan.

I don't know where this one is from, but it's only wearing some kind of towel.

Hands bound with wire and decapitated, that's not creepy at all.

Resin fairies! That's different.

Who knew Jesus had such small arms!

I was lucky and managed to catch several shots or ravens hanging around.

And that’s all for my visit to Granby, but I can’t wait to find new graveyards to visit.

Visiter le cimetière et rencontrer les Brownies

Puisque je peins des monuments funéraires, je vais régulièrement au cimetière pour prendre des photos de référence pour des toiles futures. J’ai des photos de cimetières de beaucoup d’endroits, mais étrangement, jusqu’à hier, je n’en avais pas de mon coin d’origine. J’ai grandit à Roxton Pond, Québec, juste à côté de Granby. J’ai fait mon école secondaire à Granby et j’y réfère habituellement comme de la ville d’où je viens.

Il y a deux cimetières principaux à Granby, dont un qui est très vieux et séparé en deux (côté anglais et côté français) et nous avons commencé par là. Il faisait super chaud et soleil. On ne trouve pas beaucoup de statues là. Il y en avait deux, un bas relief au complet et une avec juste les pieds. Ça ne nous a pas empêché de trouver des monuments intéressants et quelques installations lugubres.

Comme celle-ci. C’était sur le côté français, j’adore ça.

Des fleurs assez morbides, avec des anges usés et un cadre avec une petite photo jaunie.

Ce monument là était entouré de fleurs de plastique dans des vases et des pots renversés et avait un genre de sac de plastique  rempli de plantes mortes suspendu à un poteau de métal.

Even the flowers look dead.

Même les fleurs artificielles ont l'air mortes.

Plus de fleurs de plastique  répandues dans le gazon.

Et maintenant, du coté anglais. C’est moins lugubre mais aussi intéressant. Il y avait ce monument surmonté de pales d’hélices.

C’est le monument d’un pilote de la première guerre mondiale.

Ensuite, Sylvain a pointé le monument à  Palmer Cox, un illustrateur et écrivain de livres pour enfants de la fin du 19ième siècle. C’est le créateur des Brownies, des petits lutins qui ont été très populaires. Une foule de produits ont été basés sur eux, dont une caméra.

Ensuite, Sylvain à trouvé ce monument, je pense que c’est le plus vieux dans le cimetière. Mary Mason est née en 1790. L’arbre qui pousse sur sa tombe est tellement gros qu’on ne pourrait pas en faire le tour avec nos bras, à deux.

Et enfin, j’ai trouvé ceci, je pense que c’est la cachette des Brownies.

Et ça, c’est juste dans un des cimetières, attendez de voir ce qu’il y avait ans l’autre.

Visiting the graveyard and meeting Brownies

Since I paint funerary monuments, I often go on treks for find graveyards and take pictures in there  as reference for future paintings. I have pictures from graveyards in many places, but strangely enough, until yesterday, I had no pictures from the graveyards back home. I grew up in Roxton Pond, Québec which is right next to Granby. I went to high school in Granby and I usually refer to it as my hometown.

There are two major graveyards in Granby, one that’s very old and split in two (English side and French side) and we started out there. It was blazing hot and very sunny. There aren’t many statues there. Actually, there was a complete one and the feet of another. That didn’t mean we didn’t discover very interesting monuments and some creepy set ups.

Like this, I love it. This was on the French side.

Pretty creepy flowers, and a frame, with a tiny yellowed picture in the lower left corner.

This monument was surrounded by plastic flowers in vases or pots that had fallen over and a had a weird plastic bag hanging from a pole with dead weeds in it.

Even the flowers look dead.

Even the flowers look dead.

More plastic flowers laying in the lawn.

And now on the english side. Much less creepiness, but just as interesting, if not more.

There was this monument shaped like propeller parts.

It’s the monument of a WWI pilot.

And then Sylvain pointed out the monument to Palmer Cox, an illustrator and writer of children’s books in the late 19th century. He’s the creator of the Brownies, a bunch of small impish characters, and there was a camera named after them and loads of merch based on them.

Next, Sylvain found this stone, which I think is the oldest in the graveyard. Mary Mason was born in 1790. The tree that’s growing on her tomb is so big, the two of us couldn’t surround it with our arms (but I have short arms.)

And finally, I found this, I think it’s the home of the Brownies.

And that’s just the first place we went to. Next time I’ll talk about the other graveyard.

Graveyard Picnic – a few days left

There are only a few days left until the end of my exhibition Graveyard Picnic at Katacombes, corner St-Laurent and Ontario, in Montreal. I already sold 5 pieces  (out of 12.)

Here are the remaining pieces:

Graveyard picnic
Format     20”x36” & 12”x36”
Info    Acrylic on cotton canvas
Price    390$

St-Joseph et les tentacules
Format     16”x20”
Info    Acrylic on cotton canvas
Price    120$

Les corbeaux
Format     12”x16”
Info    Acrylic on cotton canvas
Price    70$

Format     20”x36”
Info    Acrylic on cotton canvas
Price T.B.D. (Actually, there is a price in the show, but I lost that information on my computer …strange as it might seem.)

Le démon de la Baie
Format     14”x18”
Info    Acrylic on cotton canvas
Price   95$

Bloody Mary
Format     48”x36”
Info    Acrylic on cotton canvas
Price    540$

If any of these interest you, please  contact me at chantal (at) chantalfournier (dot) com

Red Flowers

Here’s my latest Masonite painting. A little different from the others in that it has color, even if it’s just a wee bit of it. The monument I used as a reference really had red silk flowers on it, it was quite pretty.

12"x16" acrylics on Masonite

I find that I’m starting to have a good handle on that style of painting. One of the challenges being that even if I put medium without any pigments on the Masonite, it becomes darker, so I had so problems with mid-tones in the beginning. It’s also nearly impossible to lighten an area with the pale paint because it creates a very saturated light blue that’s nowhere else. It’s almost like watercolor in that respect, except I can’t lift the paint off once it’s dry. I have to be really fast with the wet rag if I do something wrong!

So I work with ultramarine blue mixed with medium and unbleached titanium mixed with medium, but never both colors mixed together. In this case I mixed a bit of unbleached titanium with the naphthol crimson (light red) as well as some alizarin crimson.

Close-up of the flowers

As usual, I varnished it only on the painted part, with matte varnish on the graphic design parts and gloss varnish on the rendered parts.

Graveyard Picnic – My show at Katacombes

In January,  I signed up for the postaweek2011 challenge on WordPress, it all went well until last week. Actually I’m surprised I was able to last this long. But I am having arm/wrist problems lately and I try to use my right hand as little as possible outside of work. But enough excuses, it was only a lapse of a few days.

I have good news. I’m having a show in June at Katacombes.  Les Katacombes is a coop show venue in Montreal (corner Ontario/St-Laurent) and the place is very pretty and dark at the same time. When I sent my art to the manager of programming, she commented that it was a good fit for their venue. I’m quite happy because it’s not easy to find a good place to exhibit paintings of graveyards.

The opening will be  June 1st from 7 to 9 PM. I’ll post again if I have more info.

 

My flyer for the show.

 

 

As a funny aside, my show is titled after the very first painting I did of a graveyard, which itself is titled after a Voltaire song. Voltaire will be playing at Katacombes in a few weeks, a few months to early too see the painting inspired by him.