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 Allworthy

Allworthy was taught by Max Meldrum

I’ve been painting here in Paris in this method in sort of a Centennial tribute.

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 neither 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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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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