After the 2003 Homo Sapiens Spinassien exhibition where I performed all the reproductions (paintings and sculptures), I decided to cross the step and become a painter.
My daughter was five years old, my son was about two and my wife was often away on a mission abroad because of her job. My choice was a compromise that allowed me to be always there for my kids.
My first sumie
My first work of this year is a bamboo I painted with ink.
Sumie attracted me but I quickly realized it would take time before mastering Chinese calligraphy brushes.
It is easy to correct an error on a canvas, but ink does not allow any missteps.
I didn't signe this bamboo, I just stamped my little seal at the bottom right of this large sheet of glossy paper called elephant skin (50 x 70 cm).
I know the owner of this ink. She is living in Ares near Bordeaux, South West of France. The next time I would be there, I will take ink and a brush to put my signature ;)
To reassure myself, I decided to paint with acrylic paint. During this year I practised using ink and Chinese calligraphy brushes to improve myself.
Paintings and one sculpture
I started to buy few small canvases I painted with acrylic.
I signed all of them with my real name except for those that dealt with China's topic.
I absolutely wanted that my artist name, LE Xiao Long (Joyful Little Dragon), be my way of paying tribute to my Chinese sculptors friends from Yilan city in Taiwan. Since 1996, I am still in touch with them. I consider them my second family, my adoptive family.
That year, I carved a small wooden statuette : Eve.
I found a piece of wood eaten by termites during a walk and I found the termites made a really interesting sculpture work.
Add some stain and varnish, a piece of wood found in the garbage and you get the opposite sculpture :)
Eve must be somewhere in my boxes.
Woman and nude
Then came a series of three nudes : The Blue Door, Nude and Shadows and Back to the Fire, three canvases painted with acrylic.
Two sad paintings
Alone and 人 窮 志 短 (poverty stunts ambition) are pretty sad paintings.
Anxiety attacks, I know them ! I had certainly paint these paintings when I was quite low.
In future articles, you'll see that two other paintings are the logical continuation of this two first ones : Another Form of Loneliness and Sleep
Nude and portrait
The 2005 year ends with Woman's theme of with a series of 6 paintings including 4 nudes.