Entering Madrid through the American Door… – Entrando en Madrid por la Puerta Americana…

I have just started a new, big bullfight painting on commission, acrylics on canvas, 185 x 154 centimetres, the kind of dimension where the bull is almost as big as me and where I have to climb on a chair to paint it.

The client is a business man in the USA, and the painting is meant for the Spanish office in Madrid. Always nice to see that there are still serious bullfight aficionados around the world… probably more than in Spain! I have said it before, I have bullfight paintings clients all around the world, in countries even where one would think they have never heard of bullfight. But I have hardly sold my bullfight art here in Spain. Well, I have sold loads of them, but not to Spanish clients. I don’t know the reason… perhaps because most of my sites are in English, perhaps too because the Spaniards love more the heavier, darker way in art, fitting to their dark and so heavy furniture pieces? Funny though and quite cool  to enter now the Main town Madrid via America!

 

Acabo de empezar un nuevo cuadro taurino por encargo, 185 x 154 centímetros, dimensiones en cuales el toro casi es tan grande como yo, y yo tengo que subir en una silla para pintarlo!

El cliente es un hombre de negocios en los Estados Unidos y el cuadro es para su oficina de Madrid. Siempre un placer de ver que todavía has muchos aficionados alrededor del mundo.. probablemente mas que en España misma! Lo he dicho anteriormente, tengo clientes de mis cuadros taurinos en muchos países del mundo, hasta en algunos donde yo no me podía imaginar que saben lo que es una corrida. Peri casi no he vendido mi arte taurino aquí en España. Bueno, la verdad es que si, he vendido mucho, pero casi siempre a extranjeros. La razón puede ser que la mayoría de los sitios donde expongo, en Internet como en el mundo “real”, son ingleses. Pero también puede ser que a los Españoles les gustan mas los cuadros mas graves, mas oscuros, para acompañar a sus muebles  pesados y oscuros… aunque lo de los muebles esta cambiando aquí, increíble la cantidad de españoles que se ven en tiendas como IKEA. Pero que cómico de entrar en Madrid por la puerta americana!!

Valentine’s Day with the Bulls

Just a photo of me at my Valentine’s dinner yesterday evening, a dinner for two which I won last week by a local Valentine Art Competition. The painting behind me is not by me, They had on the restaurant (MESA, in Mojacar Playa) wall a series of attractive bullfight paintings in popart style with bold primary colours.

Everything was perfect, we had a great time and a great meal!

Euro Weekly in Turre

 

Valentine and Toros in El Retoro en Turre

Thank you Curtis Helm and the Newspaper “Euro Weekly” for featuring me !

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:

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

 

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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:

Photography Prints

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