Monday, July 31, 2017

Sumptuous colours at Moroccan Celebration

The colours of Morocco are very inspiring to an artist, and those colours were in full view in Montreal for the Moroccan Kings's day! Who needs to travel, when countries comes to them on such grand occasions! It really felt as though we were entering another world as we climbed the decorated staircase and were warmly greeted by hosts in their National regalia.  The beautiful Consul General was dressed in a flowing embroidered silk robe, as well as many of the other ladies present! The meal was a masterpiece to behold, but it was served quite late, though worth the wait for those who did. Everyone was friendly and in a good mood, even though no alcohol was served. All in all, a multicoloured visual treat! I will certainly use some of those colours in my paintings.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Art and guests on Swiss National Day

When I found out that the Swiss were celebrating their National day at the Museum of Contemporary  Art here in Montreal, I invited my daughter, a talented multidisciplinary artist, to accompany me!
We greeted the lovely Swiss Consul General with her husband, the Consul and his wife,  and then went to see the exhibition. We enjoyed it thoroughly and then went downstairs to get a bit of food. That's when the problems started. The space was too small for so many and the food was in the middle on a tiny table with hordes of hungry people waiting to get at it!
I will not go into details of the impolite woman who pushed her way, and insulted my daughter.....I will only say that we left without having tasted any food!
If I may suggest anything, it is that invitees to these events be more polite. Also, it might be a good idea to have some appetizers passed around so that the guests don't have to wait around the table impatiently.  I don't know who the Caterer was, but the job could have been done better, to avoid hunger and confrontation.
I am sorry that this was my daughter's first experience of a Consular event, and that she left it feeling hungry and disappointed, but she was right. Some of the guests were missing manners and some of the men were missing gallantry!
Of course, this does not reflect on Switzerland, but mainly on the society here! The superficial attitude of the guests was quite opposite to the mindful depth of  some of the Museum's exhibits, which many of the guests had the privilege of seeing. How is it possible that one experiences art and then fights for a grape? I guess That is art in itself.
Upstairs we experienced mind expanding Art  in peaceful quiet, and downstairs, mind shrinking rudeness of  high society crowded into a small space.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Why are we here, the eternal question

Even a Rabbi on TV asked the question of what it's all about! Who can give us the answer?.....Gaugin asked it on one of his paintings....did he answer it with that painting? I guess anyone's answer to the question is valid!
What would a criminal say? The same as an artist or a scientist? Of course religion should give us the answer, but if it did why are there so many religions and why are they all competing?
All there is to do is ask questions and work towards answering them....I think there is a slight answer in my portrait painting of A. I love it so far; there is a purity of character as well as a reserve.
Answers are infinite, but perceptions of them are temporary

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Relaxed atmosphere at Egypt's National day celebration

I was surprised how relaxed the celebration for Egypt's National day was! The space was small enough to create intimacy and large enough to host so many people. Everyone was friendly and in a great mood. But most of all, the food was marvellous. It was more than a cocktail! It was a full and plentiful dinner of the tastiest Egyptian specialties. Bravo Consul General, Amal Salama!
Each event I have been to so far has been unique; a small portal to the celebrant Country.
I was happy to invite my lovely Egyptian friend, M, and she certainly enjoyed it.
The next day, I gold plated a small canvas for my next portrait......