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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Last weekend we had the pleasure of a visit by the artist
Anne Bachelier
Anne was here to attend the opening of her second exhibition at Imagine Gallery.
She came with the company of her husband, organiser and chauffeur Claude
Who drove them both from the French Alps to our small village in England.
Excluding the time on the cross channel ferry it was a journey of 14 hours.
A sign of true love.
It must have been, as the weekend was the occasion of their 47th wedding anniversary.
Still, what better way to spend it than here in my gallery?
Well, I can think of other more romantic locations
But surely we must be a close second.

Not only did they arrive but we also had a visit from a couple of her good friends.
Her friend Philippe had come with the intention of making a short film of the exhibition.
This he did in his own very unobtrusive, very polite way [a lovely man]
It was to be made even more interesting as Anne had agreed to demonstrate her method of painting.
This she did, and to say that it was fascinating would be something of an understatement. 
I was determined to capture the procedure on camera.
Unfortunately I had many distractions and people to occupy my time so I was unable to record
it from start to finish.
What amazed me was how many times the painting was altered as Anne's idea's progressed.

The painting was not completed while Anne was here, but it was a pleasure to see the progression.
Luckily the process was recorded by Philippe, and today he has sent me a copy.
Unfortunately at the moment it is too large for me to include with this post
But I hope to show it in the next.
Here are a few of the snaps of "work in progress".

The painting is still to be finished.
I am sure that it is totally different to anything that she might create in her own studio,
Their she creates without distraction and her idea's are very private
She has spoken in a previous filmed interview that having people watching takes something away
From her art.
This I understand and I am very grateful that she took the time and had the patience
To share a little of her world with the people [and me] who visited.
Thank you Anne.


  1. Oh, what a wonderful thing to be able to watch her work. I have learned much from that, but don't want anyone watching me. I've forgotten her medium. Was that gouache?

  2. what a beautiful artist, process and post, thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Mo
      How are things with you?
      I heard today from my old neighbour that your winter is now tuning to spring, which was bad news for me as our summer is definitely on the wain.
      I wish that I had been able to take more pictures in a proper sequence, but for me to capture anything was a miracle.

  3. thank you John...

    47 years ago, I would have never imagined to expose my work in a gallery in England...
    Claude and I we like more and more coming in Suffolk...and now we wait for you in the Alpes...

    (I use Reverso for the translation...sorry for this bad english)
    for Donna , medium are : acryl ink, water color etc...

    1. Thank you Anne

      Of course you understand that 47 years ago I was not born, I may look like an old man but that is because I run a gallery.

      In truth.
      I could never imagine that I would be allowed to exhibit the art of an artist like you.
      It seems impossible, almost like smoke that will vanish when you breath on it.

      Whatever happens in my life, being allowed to show your art will always remain with me as being a great achievement.
      Some things remain in your thoughts forever, and you will be in mine.

      The Alpes!
      Where is that I must come?


      P.S. Thankyou for the explanation for Donna.

  4. Hello Donna
    It was very strange watching Anne work, every time I was distracted and then returned to watch the picture had changed. Some things removed and others created, having no understanding of the process it all seemed slightly magical to me.
    I think on this occasion she was using acrylic [not sure], but she works in so many different ways,
    mainly oil paintings but also Pen & Ink [that I love]
    And "mixed media" which seems to involve a little of everything including gold leaf.
    I will post some of those tomorrow as they are really moving and emotive, some people have told me "disturbing," but that is good as far as I'm concerned.
    Certainly thought provoking.
    I will also have a go of showing the film of her.

    Best Wishes

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