Friday, August 29, 2014

EUGÉNIE DE MONTIJO, pencil sketch

Eugénie de Montijo, l'impératrice solitaire, pencil sketch in my art notebook.

I was reading the lives of famous French women, who have done something special to be remembered. Eugenia was born in Spain, in 1826, to well educated parents, the Counts of Teba. Her mother was a modern aristocrat, travelling all over Europe with her daughter since she was very young. This is almost 200 years ago!

Eugenia and Luis Napoleón fell in love when she was 23, on a visit in France. They got married a year later. She was intelligent and contributed to make the Suez Canal a reality, which she inaugurated in 1869. She worked hard in the social sphere, among other things: improve the condition of women, at work and more schooling for young women. She supported George Sand when they wanted to suspend her publications. She visited victims of cholera in 1865 and 66. During WWI, she offered her hatch to organize an ambulance for the sick, etc. She died in 1920, at 94 years of age. She's my heroine!!!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

PYRÉNÉES 2, ink and watercolor

PYRÉNÉES 2, ink and watercolor in my carnet de voyages (travel sketchbook). I flew into Toulouse,  France, and took the train to Lourdes. While I look at the window, I smile non-stop: The valleys, the Pyrénées mountains in the distance, trees, sometimes cows, horses, a small mountain town here and there, flowers, everything passes quickly while my eyes and my memory try to catch a rooftop or a creek.

I am home, when I arrive to the Pyrénées. The train stops : Muret, first stop. Later we continue, I can't read my book, I'm addicted to looking out the window, looking at these beautiful mountains I fell in love with ten years ago. I can't stop smiling. I am home.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

LA JOLLA SUNSET II, acrylic

LA JOLLA SUNSET II, acrylic on canvas, 22x28.
Painted in La Jolla, California, last month. It is in exhibition in my studio at The Glashaus, 1815 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113. Visits to my studio are available by appointment only, since I am painting in France at the moment. To make an appointment, call Ernesto Aeberhard: (USA) 949-338-1446.

Next week, a three hour workshop at La Raillère, Cauterets, France, 2:00-5:00 pm. To register, send me an email or contact the library in Cauterets: (France) 05.62.92.59.96.

La semaine prochaine, un stage de peinture à La Raillère, Cauterets, France, 14:00-17:00 hs. Enregistrement à la bibliothèque de Cauterets, France: 05.62.92.59.96 ou envoyez moi an email.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

RECORDANDO A PIAZZOLA, watercolor on Arches

RECORDANDO A PIAZZOLA, watercolor on Arches paper, painted with a sponge and a credit card, 16x12". It doesn't sound possible to paint with a sponge and a credit card? It is not easy, but it is possible. The color was splashed and spread on the paper with the sponge, and the border of a credit card was used to make marks on the wet color, like for the  accordion, and some parts of the head of the player. Painted quickly, with secure strokes.

This painting is at the San Diego County Fair, in the DelMar Fairgrounds, till July 6. For sale, $450.-

Sunday, June 8, 2014

RED UMBRELLA, acrylic on canvas

RED UMBRELLA, acrylic on canvas, 16x12 "
This painting is part of my solo exhibition at Petrini's Restaurant, in Little Italy, San Diego.

Reading Ariana Huffington's recent book:  THRIVE, I found many pearls of wisdom, her own, and others' :
"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself." --Mikhail Baryshnikow.
 "You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace, that is already around your neck." --- Rumi




Friday, June 6, 2014

Asuntos de Familia, after Sofia Ruiz, watercolor

"Asuntos de Familia, after Sofia Ruiz", watercolor in my art-notebook.

Sofia Ruiz is a Costarrican artist. I learned about her in Costa Rica when I was there a couple of months ago. Her solo show: Asuntos de Familia, is a series of family portraits with the common denominator of internal tension within and between each family member. Her theme was: "who am I?" and Who am I for others? Who am I for me?
The question of identity is frequently seen in contemporary art. She affirms that "the loss of memory is the loss of identity", and cultivates her memories of her childhood as the inspiration point for this series.

Monday, June 2, 2014

NICE, FRANCE, watercolor

NICE, FRANCE, watercolor, 5x7"
This small watercolor was painted on location in Nice a couple of years ago. It is framed, and available in my studio-gallery at The Glashaus, in San Diego, California.

Remember: Balance, Unity, Movement, Proportion, Emphasis are the keys to your composition. And simplify, simplify, simplify!