Meeting Alejandro Carmona

 

Alejandro Carmona and Miki in El Retiro in Turre

(I guess we don’t look very cool with our winter clothes, far from the “traje de luces” for him and from the “exotic artist” look for me, but it was freezing in Turre!)

As I said in my previous post announcing my bullfight paintings exhibition in the gallery “El Retiro” in Turre on Friday the 28th of January 2011, we had a very special guest there: the local bullfighter Alejandro Carmona. It was wonderful to meet him and to have, for the first time in my life, the opportunity of a real conversation with a bullfighter. Although I have been to bullfights since I was a baby (really, in the arms of my father!) I never had the occasion to have a chat with one of my ring heroes. I must say, I am immensely happy that this first encounter was  with Alejandro, as he turned out to be a very lovely, sensitive and intelligent guy. not at all “the macho type” which some people think bullfighters are. All the contrary. The conversation with him was extremely interesting,, we spoke about his débuts as he was 12 years old, how his family took it. Well, they thought it would be just a childish fantasy, one which many Spanish children certainly have. But it turned out to be serious, and the family totally supported him. I was quite emotional to hear that! There is nothing better than parents supporting and encouraging their children’s passions!

Alejandro stopped bullfighting in October 2008, and as fate would have it, Kevin and me attended that bullfight, without knowing it would be his last ever. Here are some photos of Alejandro taken that same day, in October 2008 in Turre. It was also the first bullfight for Kevin – A wonderful memory! I will never forget his excitement and screams as he saw the first bull rushing into the ring!

Alejandro Carmona in Turre
Alejandro Carmona in Turre

Alejandro has retired from official bullfighting , but he often goes to a friend’s ganaderia near the town of Jaen, and fights the bulls there in private. If I undertstood him well, his favourtie painting in the show was this one. I suppose because it reminds him of the ganaderia… and also it indirectly says that bullfighters deeply love the bulls, which many anti-bullfight fanatics seem to ignore…

 

Bull Herd - Gouache painting by Miki

I want to thank him with all my heart for his meaningful presence in my exhibition and the wonderful conversation we had. And I’m looking forward to meeting him again for a coffee soon at the “Hotel-Terraza Carmona” in Vera, run of course by the family Carmona.

Hotel-Terraza Carmona in Vera


A Very Special Guest – Un Invitado Muy Especial

Just read that the bullfighter ALEJANDRO CARMONA will be a special guest at my bullfighting art exhibition on Friday in “El Retiro” in Turre. I am extremely pleased about it, as I saw Alejandro bullfighting last time I went to a corrida. It will be a great honour to meet him personally.

A reason more for you all to come to the show!

Friday 28th of January 2011, 10h – 14h

GALERIA “EL RETIRO”

CALLE LA FUENTE 12

04639 – TURRE {ALMERIA} SPAIN

You see, still time to buy a ticket and fly over if you are so lucky to be already here!

Lightening Strikes - by Miki

This painting in watercolour will be exhibited in El Retiro.

 

Acabo de leer que el matador de toros ALEJANDRO CARMONA estará presente en mi exposición de cuadros taurinos en la galería “El Retiro: el Viernes, 28 de Enero 2011. Estoy encantada, ya que he visto personalmente a Alejandro torear

 

And if somebody is interested in buying a Giclee print of this painting, it is available in different sizes and on many different supports in my FAA Gallery here:

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Colour and Movement – Color y Mocion

Just another one from an older bullfight paintings series. I found it some time ago among older paintings.

Just color and movement!

Toroscape 58 - by Miki

Simplemente otro cuadro de mi serie de pinturas taurinas mas antiguas, lo encontré hace poco tiempo…

Color y moción, nada mas, y nada menos!

 

And if somebody is interested in buying a Giclee print of this painting, it is available in different sizes and on many different supports in my FAA Gallery here:

Si alguien quiere comprar un Giclee print de este cuadro, se puede hacer directamente online en mi FAA Galería aquí:


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Toro Rescued from The Trash

A little bullfight painting from the past, which I found going through older paintings, in the intention to make some order there, throwing away what seems to me unworthy to be kept. In a first impulsion this one was about to land in the trash too, but in the last moment it escaped.

Looking closer at it, I was charmed by the spontaneity, the inexactitude, the basical attitudes of  bull and bullfighter.

I remember exactly when I painted it, it was in the lounge of my parents flat in the French Pyrenees, 4 years ago in autumn, I had come  for a week to paint outside , but the weather was awful all the time and I could not do one sketch outside. So I ended painting inside from fantasy, loads of gouache/watercolour impressionist landscapes, which I present in my sites under the name

“Times of The Day”.

And somewhere, at some times of the day, I also painted some bullfight. This one took 5 minutes…

Toroscape 57 - by Miki

And if somebody is interested in buying a Giclee print of this painting, it is available in different sizes and on many different supports in my FAA Gallery here:

Si alguien quiere comprar un Giclee print de este cuadro, se puede hacer directamente online en mi FAA Galería aquí:

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Bullfight Art for Girls – Arte Taurina para Chicas

Another Toroscape in impressionist style, and involving the pink & yellow cape.

A bullfight painting more for girls I would say…  :-)

 

Toroscape 54 - by Miki

Une nueva pintura taurina de la serie “Toroscapes”, en estilé impresionista. y ensenando la capa rosa y amarilla, que tanto me gusta!

Un cuadro para chicas, creo!  :-)

 

 

And if somebody is interested in buying a Giclee print of this painting, it is available in different sizes and on many different supports in my FAA Gallery here:

Si alguien quiere comprar un Giclee print de este cuadro, se puede hacer directamente online en mi FAA Galería aquí:

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Fighting with Yellow and Pink – Luchando con amarillo y roso

Yellow and pink.. a combination of colours which i just adore! Which is one of the reasons why my favourite bullfight paintings are those which feature the first part of the bullfight, when they fight with that cape, yellow on one die, pink on the other side. It just looks gorgeous! Unfortunately most of the people do not really know the bullfight from inside are not even aware about that cape, and think that the bullfighter cape is always red. Which is, I guess, the reason why 95% of my bullfight paintings sales are those featuring the red cape. What a pity! a pity or me above all,a s I would love to paint much more of this first phase of the fight. But well, i have to go with my clients wishes, at least most of the time…

So, for those who are interested in technical details, here is some info about the pink and yellow cape:

“The ‘Brega’ cape is an instrument to fight, made of fabric, with the shape of a cape, used at the beginning of the bullfighting to wish good luck, as well as to do some artistic moves.
There are three specific parts in the ‘Brega’ cape:
The front part of the cape, which is dyed intense pink. In the superior central part, a semi-circle addition called ‘esclavina’ is sewed in the same colors.
The back of the cape is yellow. In the back the name of the bullfighter is written in black.
The last part is the lining, perhaps because it is the only one that is not shown. But it is a fundamental part, as it is easy to handle and gives consistency to the fabrics.
This cape must not be confused with the cape ‘de paseo’ that is only used during the ‘paseillo’. The shape is the same than the shape of the ‘Brega’ cape but it is a bit smaller. It is decorated with stripes, sequins of gold and also religious images.
It is usual, at the end of ‘el paseillo’, to give it to some person as deference to keep it for the bullfighter during the corrida.
Measures aprox. 2,5 metres (wide), 1,25 metres (high).”

Toroscape 52 - by Miki

Amarillo y roso, una combinación de colores que siempre me encanta.Eso siendo la razón por mi preferencia de cuadros taurinos ensenado el primer tercio de la corrida, cunado torean con el capote de brega. Para mi un encanto de color y de arte! Por lastima creo que la mayoría de mis clientes alrededor del mundo compran mis cuadros ensenando el tercio donde los toreros luchas con la capa roja. No se porque exactamente. Supongo que la capa roja es el símbolo de la corrida para ellos. Tal vez algunos tampoco saben que existe esa otra capa. O tal vez, mis clientes siendo principalmente hombres, puede ser que encuentran el amarillo/roso demasiado femenino… Tengo que seguir los deseos de mis clientes, pero de vez en cuando me hago placer a mi misma, y pinto el capote de brega…

 

And if somebody is interested in buying a Giclee print of this painting, it is available in different sizes and on many different supports in my FAA Gallery here:

Si alguien quiere comprar un Giclee print de este cuadro, se puede hacer directamente online en mi FAA Galería aquí:

 

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Bring out your inner bullfighter!

Sometimes I really wonder for what my bullfight paintings are used. I have many examples, but one of the most marking ones for me was one day a young boy contacting me, wanted to use one of my bullfight paintings for his marching band by some event. As always, I was promised to get a photo of the T-Shirt, and of the band by the event, but as always, I did not get anything. I often wonder how fast people forget their promises, and generally their good manners on the net…

Luckily there are still people who know how to behave. The best example was a business man from the UK, who bought an original bullfight painting of me, and the copyright outright, in the intention of using it as the logo of his new company. The man was kind and respectful from the very beginning, we developed a nice relationship and we are still in friendly contact from time to time, him informing me about the progress of the company.

THIS, I LOVE!

Anyway, 2 weeks ago I was asked for the permission to use  following painting for a flyer for an event at the Crescendo Club, apparently somewhere in Ontario   (www.clubcrescendo.com). Asking what it was about, I received following answer

“This is the 10th in a series of events from around the world including Brazil, Greece, and Mexico. We bring in DJ’s of the certain ethnicity and play music with the nation’s cultural influence. In this case, for Spain, we will put up the Spanish flag around the club and wear themed Spanish outfits. We cater these events to people who appreciate the music and culture of the featured country.”

 

So people who will attend the event, i wish you a great time there. And don’t be scared to bring out your inner bullfighter, our world needs courageous and crazy people!

And if somebody is interested in buying a Giclee print of this painting, called “Seeing Red”, it is available in different sizes and on many different supports in my FAA Gallery here:

 

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Why so much yellow

After my last blue acrylic bullfight painting , I urgently needed to go back to my favourite colours which are yellow and orange. Sometimes I decide to force myself to completely change my palette of colours, just to make sure that i don’t get stuck in one direction. The world is much too big and too rich to stick to one colour, style, technique, theme, etc… which has often the effect that some people tell me that i should focus! God, i hate it when they come with that! Why in hell should I focus on anything? I love painting, I want to paint everything and in all possible ways and colours! So called art critics would day that to find the own personal style is artistic success, I would say it is artistic death!!!

But as I said, I just love warm colours, and it is hard to change it. And how happy I am when I have made a cold colour exercise, to come back to my wonderful yellows! Then I use them a lot, as you can in my new bullfight painting!

100 x 50 cm - Acrylic on Canvas - by Miki

The original painting is available for sale in Miki’s Mart.

The painting is also available as Giclee print on different supports and in different sizes. There you go:

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Why so much blue?

Loads of stricture on this one, one might not see it in the photo though… and, quite an exception in my bullfight paintings, loads of blue in it! If I remember well, i have only one with bmuch blue on it, and my brother, who normally loves my bullfight paint6insg, said , with some desdain on his face:

“Why did you put all thatb blue there?”

But it turned out that that painting, called “Toro Tempest” (a small one in gouache), is, from the bsiness point of view, my biggest hit ever!  This might be the answer to “Why so much blue?”  …

We will see what this one brings…

Acrylics on canvas - 70 x 70 cm - By Miki

The original artwork is for sale.

 

Prints in different sizes ans on different supports can be purchased in my FAA Gallery

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Corps a Corps

 

"In passing" - by Miki

 

Sometimes, in passing, the bullfightter and the bull do look like a love couple…

and listened what teh bullfighters often say, soemhow they really are in a kind of love relationship…

No idea though if it is reciprocal… but I doubt it!  :-)

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This artwork is  available as original, but also as Giclee print, digital print or poster in many different prices and on different supports.

Please contact me at miki@bullfightart.com if you are interested.

You can also purchase a print directly online in my Fine Art America Gallery

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