God is full of surprises.

August 10, 2013

Return of Noir Canard Growing Things  The two paintings I entered sold last night at the Opening of the Rotary Charity Exhibition at Wrest Point. There are over 400 pieces on display there, making it by far the biggest – and certainly most “posh” – exhibition I have entered so far.

It was fun taking my grand-daughter, Eve, along.  I think she was especially gratified when the painting “of her” received its little red “sold” sticker.

I am always astounded when one of my works sell. There were so many there so much better. So many artists more experienced. Their art is so “confident” and mine still rather hesitating. When viewing one of my paintings in such a setting, I long for a few more moments to touch up areas that still don’t satisfy me.  For both to sell at the actual Opening Party, only a few minutes after it was opened for purchases, was thoroughly astonishing.

My only explanation is: “God wanted them to sell”. For which I am humbled and grateful.  I guess it means I will keep painting!

Any suggestions for the next Noir Canard?

“Growing Things” 2013.  My granddaughter during her first summer living in the Huon Valley, discovering the joy of harvesting growing things, and of having plenty of room to grow.

“The Return of Noir Canard” 2013.   This is one of an ongoing series informed by my love of classic films


Noir Canard 2

September 29, 2012

My favourite Noir duck lives on.

Noir Canard and the Femme Fatale

Noir Canard and the Woman

I sold two paintings at the  Optomeyes Exhibition last weekend at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart.  Both were done about 5 years ago, and one of them was quite unlike any other I’ve done.

The Curators didn’t allow Artist’s Notes, so it was really interesting to quietly linger and hear what viewers thought of “Noir Canard”.  I think the general consensus was that it related to vegetarianism.  Wouldn’t I love to see the purchaser’s face when they get it unwrapped and discover my notes on the back? If only.

What do you think that “Noir Canard” is about?

I don’t think you’re likely to come up with what was really on my mind, but I’d love to hear your guess. (comments, below, please) No scrolling down to my notes until you’ve thought about it!

Margaret Sonnemann painting "Noir Canard"

Can you guess what's happening in "Noir Canard"?






This is what the purchaser of my painting found on the reverse:

Noir Canard

This painting, with more than a hint of the absurd, contains references to the genre of noir filmmaking, paying special tribute to Hitchcock.  Here is no allegory, only a visual re-thinking of some of the familiar trappings of the noir genre – intense shadows, a doorway, a stream of light discovering a suspicious object, a silhouetted stranger.

The inspiration behind this particular silhouetted stranger came simply from the combined sounds of the words “noir” (black) and “canard” (duck) in French.

“A murder without gleaming scissors is like asparagus without Hollandaise Sauce – tasteless.”

– Alfred Hitchcock –