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Sunday, October 25, 2020

The paintings of The Conservatory.

Hi everyone, I hope you're doing well.

On this blog I'll focus on a set of paintings which I did for the outside panels of the -now completed- Conservatory project. There are eight panels, hence eight paintings were required.

As illustrated in the below images, the paintings on the lateral walls are conceived as triptychs, an arrangement which helps to create wide landscapes. In fact, all eight paintings are related to one another in some way, resulting in a scenery that 'wraps' itself all around the conservatory.

The first triptych shows a nocturnal, heather landscape with an old, Dutch windmill at the edge of a river (first panel), and a tree, some shrubbery, and a tall, moonlit house in the center panel. The third panel features vegetation along the river, including some trees. The river runs all along the panels, even though it's only (barely) visible on the first and third ones, where you can see its surface shining in the moonlight.



The front of the conservatory features two paintings, which, again, are connected to the rest. On the left panel you see a huge, classical garden which a big fountain or water jet, and on the right a swan swimming in the same river which is shown on the side panels. It is as if the garden is fed directly by a small branch of that river.


The second triptych shows the conservatory and the house to which it belongs (right panel), and a stretch of swampy land in the center panel. Note that this river is the same that runs on the other side, as if you're looking at the same landscape, but from the opposite direction. An old cemetery completes the scene on the left panel. Actually, the cemetery gates can be seen at the far left of the center panel. The elements displayed play a role in the stories associated with the conservatory, the house, and its attic, aka "Jane's attic".

There is actually a ninth painting associated with the conservatory, which was not painted on any wall, but rather conceived as a 'stand alone' (see below). That painting is very similar to the one on the front of the conservatory, featuring a swan, and is now part of the private collection of art dealer and collector mister Joseph Rookie. If you want to see it for real, you'll need to visit his wonderful art gallery located on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta. The last two pictures, taken inside mister Rookie's art gallery, are published courtesy of Rebecca Micallef. They show the art gallery, as well as four of my paintings displayed side by side, including The Swan.

That's all for now, folks. I hope you liked this 'guided tour'! Thanks for visiting, keep safe, and see you next time!

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  1. Simply beautiful José. You are so talented. The conservatory is so unique. I am honoured to have the ninth painting part of my Art Gallery. So proud of you.

    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca!! It's an honor to me to have this painting be part of your wonderful dolls houses collection!