Bullfighting in The Red Sea – Toreando en El Mar Rojo

A new painting from the “Toroscapes” series. As always, a mixed technique between classical art (in this case pastel chalk) and digital art for some special effects.

In this one the bullfighter seems to stand in the middle of a Red Sea… and the bull seems to be a little bit scared by that Red Sea… doubting if it should enter it?

Well, I haven;t got a clue if bulls can swim!

Toroscape 59 – by Miki

Un nuevo cuadro de la seria “Toroscapes”. Como siempre el resultado de una técnica mixta incluyendo arte clásico (tizas de pastel aquí) y arte digital para  efectos especiales.

En este cuadro el torero se parece estar en el centro de un Mar Rojo… y el toro casi se parece como si tenga miedo de entrar en el mar… bueno, no tengo ni una idea si los toros saben nadar!  :-)

 

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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A New Perspective – Una Nueva Perspectiva

An older bullfight painting, just painted from imagination on a rainy day in the Pyrenees, some years ago.I had used gouache for that one, in fact it was an experiment of also using the painting knife with gouache. i did like the effect.

What is amazing by this one is that the original painting is tiny, and yet, the photo of it makes believe that it is huge. And in fact, thanks to modern technologies of scanning and printing, it is available in huge formats in fantastic Giclee print quality. Why is the painting looking so big? The composition I guess, the perspective… I rarely do bullfight paintings from that angle, but perhaps I should, it looks quite attractive to me.

 

Toroscape 56 - by MIki

Una pintura de toros en gouache no muy reciente, la hice de fantasía un día lluvioso en los Pirineos franceses.De facto era un pequeño experimento, quería ver como utilizar le cuchillo con gouache, y al final me gustaban los efectos que se podían hacer con esa técnica.

Lo que me fascina en esa pintura es que el original es pequeñísimo, pero la foto hace pensar que es gigantesco! Y de facto, gracias a las tecnologías modernas de escaneo y print, este pintura se puede comprar como Giclee print de alta cualidad en tamanos inmensos. Porque es así, que da esa impresión? La perspectiva y la composición, creo. Es raro que pinto los toros desde esta angulo, tal vez tendría que hacerlo mas a menudo ya que me gusta el resultado!


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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Motion and Emotion – Mocion y Emocion

A new Toroscape… a quick one this time, more in impressionist style, with rash and impatient watercolour and gouache brushes. Not interested in any detail, just in movement and vibrancy. Basically primary colours, no time to search for more sophisticated nuances, it is a question of life and death!  :-)

Simply another style of bullfight painting…

 

About this painting somebody from the USA just commented”

Fantastic feeling of motion and emotion! Bravo!

Toroscape 53 – by Miki

Un nuevo Toroscape… en un estilo rápido, casi en un impresionista estilo, con rápidas y impacientes pinceladas. No interés en detalles, solamente en movimiento y vivacidad. Colores básicas, no hay tiempo para buscar tonos mas sofisticadas: es une cuestión de vida y muerte!  :-)

 

Alguien de America acaba de decir sobre este cuadro:

Una sensación de moción y emoción fantástica! Braco!”

 

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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Bullfight paintings exhibition at the bullring

0810 bullfight paintings exhiition in Turre

In my last post I said I would publish some more photos from my bullfight paintings exhibition last year, at the bullring in Turre (Almeria, Spain), this charming little town where we live. I had got the special authorisation from our mayor for that, to be honest I had expected it to be denied as I applied, only 2 days before!The fact is they had never been confronted with such a petition in our town hall… but our mayor is a modern man, he even made sure himself that I got the space I needed, just by the entrance.

We don’t have a real bullring here in Turre, so on some important occasions, like the town fiesta in October every year, a mobile arena has to be constructed. Of course, it is just a tiny one, but I must say that I adored to ‘participate’ in the bullfight there. It was quite intimate, and of course the ambience was great, a bullfight here being quite a rare event..

0810 toros en fuegoIt was quite hilarious as the fire engine arrived and parked just by my exhibition. It really looked as if they were expecting that some anti-bullfight fanatics would arrive and set my paintings on fire!

0810 horses bulls and firemenOn the other side of the fire engine… I guess they were the horses from the picadores…

0810 JCB horsesIn fact there were horses everywhere outside the bullring, before the bullfight started. I suppose they had no room to “park” them inside the mobile arena. ..

0810 bulls in Turre

and this is where the bulls were parked, at the back of the arena, inside the lorry which brought them., waiting for their appearance on stage… and their death, unfortunately. I can tell you, there was a lot of restless movement and banging inside there, quite scary! Always sad when one thinks that these beautiful wild animals, so full of energy, will be killed within 10 minutes after the beginning of the fight. I must say that I suffer much more under this thought than under the sight of them being killed… It somehow makes me more conscious of the occasional unfairness of life and death…

I once had the opposite experience. I was invited to go to “the butchery” (I don’t know the right word), inside the arena, just after a bull was killed which I had just seen fighting. It was a deep existentialist shock, to see  this wild animal which had fought so bravely some minutes ago, hanging there by his feet and being skinned… I will never forget this!

Toroscape 43

Toroscape43S

My Last Toroscape (#43)

Featuring our local matador “Jesus Almeria”

By the way this painting is nspired from a photo I took myself in October 2008 art a corrida in Turre. I had rceived a speicla permission from the town hall to make a bullfight painting exhibition in front of the bull ring, begore the fiesta begins. I had never dome something like that before, and I doubt, many others had either!

The heroe of the day, Jesus Almeria, went through the exhibition with his team, and complimented me. Kevin insisted to take a photo…

I will show you in my next post dome more photos from this exhibition, as it was really folkloric!

0810 Jesus Almeria and Miki

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