From a few years ago.

August 10, 2013

Christina Sonnemann Baehr portrait

Not the best photo, but here’s one I never posted.

This one of my daughter is from my first “go” at painting, before Christina was married. It’s the 3rd portrait I attempted.

Did I mention this? I only started painting a few years ago then had a several year break;  I’ve now come back to it.

Apparently, It’s never too late to start, then start again.


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 –