Friday, 15 June 2012

I Love Paris in the Springtime...

Evening Walk, Montmartre
545mm x 425mm
gouache on paper
 And I love Paris when she is painted by Richard Tuff.  This exhibition, "Paris Nights / Cornish Views" opens today and is already proving to be a huge hit.  Richard has taken his exuberant and confident brush and applied it to some delightful Parisian scenes.  Take a romantic walk through Montmartre, wander through the flower markets and stay a while at a pavement cafe.
Flower Market
200mm x 270mm
pen and ink on paper
 As well as beautiful gouache paintings Richard has made some wonderful pen and ink (and other black stuff) drawings.  Using a variety of implements from home made bamboo pens, conte crayons, cotton buds and other objects, he draws Paris and Cornwall with a joie de vivre and manages to distill the essence of place, like a master perfumier, with a flourish!
Hotel Eldorado
pen and ink
 The colours are at once bright yet subtle, chalky and vibrant, a wonderful range produced from a surprisingly limited pallet.  It is interesting to find out that far from owning the complete range of gouache paints ever made, Richard has a few carefully chosen colours from which he mixes the whole selection of tones and shades that you can see in his paintings.
Cornwall or Paris, this exhibition is a transport of delight, allow yourself to be transported, there is a preview tonight, 6 until 8pm and the exhibition runs until Wednesday 27th.  See you there "Mon petite choux fleurs!"
Chapel Street, Penzance
180mm x 225mm
gouache on paper
Looking up to St Agnes Beacon
400mm x 345mm
gouache on paper

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