Pont Neuf, Max Meldrum and Me

The Pont Neuf in Paris, France. Taken in Augus...

The Pont Neuf in Paris, France. Taken in August 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

French Tonal Impressionism is the painting method that was invented here in Paris by Australian Max Meldrum between 1900 to 1913.

This method was taught to me in Chicago by Dominic Vignola.

Vignola was taught by Artist Joseph Allsworthy

Allsworthy was taught by Max Meldrum

I’ve been painting here in Paris in this method in a Centennial tribute that I know one day will extremely valuable.

Since the time I was here in 2006 there was very little knowledge of this artist or this method.

Very few resources on the Internet were available about Meldrum.

But I am noticing a rapid change in sentiment.

I notice more and more New Realist exhibitions opening in Paris and the surrounding neighborhoods.

I think people are tired. Picasso’s work and that of Modern Art is often flat and ugly.

Meldrum had no affection for this type of art. And either really do I.

Flat and ugly are out. Depth and beauty is in.

Here is Pont Neuf by Max Meldrum ‘en plein air’.

Max Meldrum’s Pont Neuf

One hundred years later here is ‘Pont Neuf‘ using the same French Tonal Impressionist method painted by yours truly ‘en plein air’ as well.

Pont Neuf by Liam Gallegos

Pont Neuf by Liam Gallegos

Here is a video on Max Meldrum.

Here is a promotional video I did about French Tonal Impressionism.

With this method, ANYONE can learn to paint and if you follow the rules you get results fast.

If you want to learn this method contact me in the form below at your convenience 😀

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How Your Brain Finishes Paintings

Even though you and I are looking at the same object in the world we’re creating slightly different visual impressions in our mind.  Eric Kandel

What makes great art?

In this video Nobel Prize-winning Neuropsychiatrist says it is ambiguity.

He makes the argument that the observer enters into the creative process by viewing in the same way the artist does by creating.

Although the observer’s process is less intense, the act of viewing is a participation in which the piece is constructed in the mind instead of the physical world.

The less literal and more ambiguous a piece is, the greater the opportunities for interpretation exist, therefore increasing it’s value.

Hmnn… Interesting. Keep it as loose as you can for as long as you can?

What do you think?

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The Black Whole

Why does the earth orbit the sun? Gravity. Why do protons stick together? They are positively charged particles and should fly apart. But they don’t. Why?

This question has been challenging the greatest minds for a century.

They called it the big TOE – Theory Of Everything

If we could answer this question it would unlock the key to a new  understanding of our Universe.

It infers free energy, travel without fighting gravity but dancing with it.

Recently a team of physicists led by NASSIM HARAMEIN believe they have answered the question why protons stay together.

Quantum Gravity.

The say everything, from the proton to our sun at it’s center has a black hole.

They say our Universe is a black hole that we are traveling inside of.

The term coined for their hypothesis: The Black Whole.

This painting is inspired by this hypothesis.

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La Boucherie De Rue Mouffetard

I wanted to get that feeling of Paris during the Holidays.

I love Rue Mouffetard. I didn’t live far.

This was the first time I painted plein-air at dusk and in the cold.

The burst of energy from carrying the paints and easel fled with the sun.

In it’s place, the cold and the rain.

Rain not so heavy to leave, but enough to not want to stay.

Then gold struck.

The lights came on and the people moved off.

Cadmium Yellow!

Phthalo Blue!!

Titanium White!!!

The paint tubes were hard.

I remember what the Maestro always said, ‘Paint with courage!’

I squeezed hard. Too much paint.

I needed five arms to hit it all.

It could have been 3 minutes; it could have been 30.

Then as if it was the night’s applause, it began to rain hard.

This performance was over.

I took it home and finished it 4 years later.

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Darkness and Light – ‘The Eyes of Dracula’

When in doubt blur it out. – Dominic Vignola

70 percent of the processing power in each case

Of the brain is used to recognize the face.

The eyes are our windows to the world.

And the soul is where our secrets are told.

But does Dracula have a heart to hold the unseen?

Can one capture an actor’s lie from within ?

Q: Tom Cruise or Bela Lugosi?

A: Bela Lugosi!

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An Orgy Of Movement In Sensual Celebration

English: human mind for performance psychology...

The human mind.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where the human mind was revered as a critical source of inspiration in the Contemporary Art of the last Millennium, French Tonal Impressionism takes a departure which reflects the dawn of a new knowledge and understanding we now have about everything.

We are not merely observers of reality but participants.

There is a formless stuff from which all things are made.

And our preciously small sensory perception is the boundary condition where we interact with a void seething with activity.

The act of painting in this style is an orgy of movement in sensual celebration of our moment in this space and time.

When painting from a photo it is customary to turn the picture upside down to further enhance the raw sensation of being immersed in the subtleties of tone which gives us the perception of 3 dimensions.

French Tonal Impressionism:

  • Always paint against the form.
  • Squint to assess dark and light areas.
  • When in doubt blur it out.
  • Keep it as loose as you can for as long as you can.
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The Answer To Fear Is Beauty

For years I’ve been dealing with a degenerative spinal condition that no doctors had an answer for. I actually shrunk about an inch and 1/4!

That sucked.

This year I finally found a solution with science based, clinical nutrition. Yay!

I am finally coming back to life and I want to share my joy and the Tonal Impressionism method invented in France 100 years ago with Paris and the World!

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