Magazine Article & The End of Winter!

‘Lou Plantou’ Oil. 2004 61 x 50 cm ©adam cope sold
France’s leading wine magazine Terre de Vinspublished a nice article about me, a painter who paints vineyards

Souvent les gens jugent un tableau à première vue, mais come le vin, l’œuvre si elle est réussie doit permettre d’aller chercher un second goût. La phase de conception est très important car ce sont ces arrières saveurs, ces seconds arômes qu’il va falloir faire remonter  – Adam Cope, Magazine ‘Terre de Vins’ Jan/Fev2009 – lire l’article

Other news is that the wild geese have been migrating back to SW France during the last week. Flying overhead, often around evening time, their wings cutting throught the air,making a slicing whooshing sound, that makes the heart leap with joy! This is a sure sign of the end of winter. YIPEE!


If you know SW France , then you’ll love the photo-blog of my friend Boguy : IMAGES EN PERIGORD

Painting of ‘The True Vine’

‘The True Vine’
Medium Size Oil on Canvas
61 x 46 cm (approx 24 x 18 inches).
© adam cope


“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring
forth more fruit.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of
itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide
in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and
I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can
do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is
withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they
are burned.”

John 15.1-6

Taille Slyvos
Taille de la Vigne

WIP – Pechers de Vignes, Finished State

‘Pechers de Vignes 1’ – Finished State
Medium Size Oil on Canvas
15 F
©adam cope
WIP = Work In Progress
These lovely trees seem to have an ‘inner fire’ in autumn, as if they were lit up from within. Beautiful tree, I’ve planted one in my garden 🙂 Confess to being happy with these two paintings.Here’s the unfinished state from last autumn ( I date the work from the time of inception & not completion).



Here’s the partner of the diptych. Nice & ‘smokey’, soft glowing mid-tones in an overcast autumnal day.


‘Pechers de Vignes 1’ – Finished State
Medium Size Oil on Canvas
15 F
©adam cope

Here’s the diptych together.


POSTSCRPIT 2013 : the plum orchard behind the peach trees was cut down & grubbedout. There are few pruneaux d’agen which remain…. these paitings are already ‘history’ from another time.

Chromatic Black in the Colourist Palette


medium size oil on canvas
15 F
©adam cope

Chromatic Black in the Colourist Palette

Experimenting with a new mix for ‘black’. Lets call it a ‘chromatic black’ (as does Dan Smith oil paints) in the hope that it’s more colour friendly than soot (lamp black)& burnt bones (deadly death black).

To make chromatic black, the mix is basically the same as the transparent watercolour mix of a bluey green PG 7 pthalo viridian & a bluey red magenta. This gives a very blue black. I like it in watercolours but when mixing down with white in oils, I find it way too blue, so I add some opaque Indian Red to pull it back over to a broken neutral, more grey than blue.

These last five years I’ve been using dioziane violet (normally … but often with some burnt umber) as black. Looks like black but is ‘cleaner’ in mixing on palette than the soot & bones. But.. it’s very slow drying & is complicated to work with in colour mixes. Especially with the warm colours. So I’ve tended to isolate it & not allow it to mix with the other colours. Which thus isolate my black values… making them too black? Too moch like ‘black holes’ or black cut outs. This is exaggerated by photography’s very poor performance in registering colour in very dark values. Result : not enough fluid run down through the upper mid-tones?

In the above painting, I’m using more yellow ochre than cadium yellow pale, thus softening & muting even more the mid tones.

Same old connundrum of bringing Values into harmony with Colours, especially for my preference for a colourist palette of heightened bright colours.

Anyway, the mistletoe makes fun circles doesn’t it ? 🙂

Forever Smiling Buddha

‘Buddha Statue at Plum Village, Upper Hamlet.’
graphite & ink
A5 sketchbook

(…) dharma art refers to art that springs from a certain state of mind on the part of the artist that could be called the meditative state. It is an attitude of directness and unselfconsciousness in one’s creative work. -Tibetan meditation master, the XIth Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Freezing cold weather so not quiet a meditative state, more of a frozen state.
 Another smile from across the sands of time.

(New Kingdom Statue in the British Museum,
circa 1400BC).
32 x 25cm.
© Adam Cope 2001

Exerpt from my unfinished project ‘Carnet de Voyage en Egypte’, © Adam Cope, 2001 – ongong :

“But now, after my recent travels in Egypt, these fragments in the museum seemed displaced and uprooted, somehow diminished and made smaller.

…the sands of time….

One element however manages to cross the sands of time and remain intact, despite the ravages of plunder & the displacement of uprooted museum collections. It is the Egyptian smile in the face of eternity.
The expression on the face of this sculpture is the work of a great artist, full of mystery and interior life, fuller than those pert, self-assured later Ramassidian smiles. The restorers have done a wonderful job in piecing together these fragments, which are said to have been found in the mortuary temple of Amenophis III (circa 1400BC).
She is MUT, Goddess, adored of Thebes, Feminine Divine, consort of Amun-Ra, mother of Khons the Moon-child, World Mother, Anima Mundi.
In some ways the act of drawing is akin to the act of worship. To draw is to love, and in loving we carry our breathe of life and enter, fuse with the adored. They say that the Gods need us so as not to be forgotten, and it is with semen of worship that the grain of the Divine is brought to life. Almost as if the sculpted stone itself, the inert granite becomes flesh. Picasso said ” un tableau ne vit que par celui qui le regard”( “a painting only lives in the eye of the beholder”). The museum shut its doors but I could not leave… Casting one last look back, it seemed to me that the Goddess Mut was shimmering, forever smiling.”