December 28, 2014

Landscape from Dordogne...



A land and sky study of a view in Dordogne (France).

Mauritian skyscape...



I'm not at all in Mauritius now, but here above is a preparatory sketch of a view from the island. As I have been there a few times with opportunities to study skies like this one mentally or noted down in my sketchbooks. This helps when I work at home with eventually my pictures. It's preferable to use your own photographs, rather than someone else's from a place you might not even been to. 
The preparatory sketches tend to be more spontaneous than bigger works. 




December 15, 2014

Drawing marathon...





Drawings from the other day when I was invited to participate in a "drawing marathon"; from 10 am to 10 pm! Mostly long poses which explains this, for me, unusual result. I did "cheat" as I had other obligations in the middle of the day, which gave me break of two or three hours. Nevertheless it was great fun in good company. It also did me good as I hadn't drawn figures much this year. I felt a bit rusty. I hope this will change the coming year and that I will be able to explore drawing more.

December 04, 2014

Soon christmas, now sale in the "Art shop"...





If you are needing an idea for a christmas present, it's still time to buy prints of my work in "the Art shop" of "One Kings Lane.com"
You're welcome to take a look : https://www.onekingslane.com/sales/46903

November 28, 2014

"Solitary Onion"...


This feels to be my last onion for a while. Last summer I did onions in oil painting and it's funny how that felt totally different from doing this. I could imaging trying that again but for now this is it in watercolor. Why I do this it to learn things with a small subject that can be done easily without too much planning or being time taking. I have to find a way of doing bigger watercolors now, as doing bigger still lives doesn't feel ok right now in watercolor (but that could change maybe later on). One of my resolutions could be to get out in town and paint... people and light effects.

November 23, 2014

"Mandarine V"...




One more watercolor study of another mandarine with a huge leave. The other leaves must have stayed on the tree. Could it be that there are so many dark green leaves on the trees to protect the fruits from the sun, and at the same time to capture most of it's energy with their chlorophyl to nourish the fruit??
I sometimes regret not having study biology. I did like it at a early stage, but nobody told me it could be an option and I was young and silly to know better myself. This said, I could of course pick up some books and start reading now.

"Mandarine III"...



Another pencil study of the same mandarine, two days later, with it's leaves starting to dry. That's what's tricky with fresh subjects, they don't stay for long. That is also what's makes it interesting. Sometimes you can see the changes visually during one session. Drawing from life is above all capturing the vanishing present. Give a testimony of what surrounds us today and what drew your attention for a while.
These studies are done on my "Lana sketchpad"...

November 19, 2014

"Mandarine", in pencil...




Pencil study of a mandarine is the subject of the day. Watercolors should be coming up soon...

November 15, 2014

"Three onions" in watercolor...



Here they come again, my onions!
(This painting got a texture that is difficult for my scan to capture, it gets too "crisp". It lacks harmony somehow, just as some colors. For example on the left side close to the shadow there, and the shadow itself, have no sign of yellow, it's supposed to be a warm grey. For the rest I've tried to get it as close as possible.)

November 08, 2014

Don't ask me "why?"...




Studies of onions,.. I avoid asking myself why I do this!
But I think it's to keep "in shape", and that it's part of my process. I feel a bit stuck lately, and the reason could be that I was busy with other important issues since september and I didn't have time to draw much. Drawing is the engine for me, I feel lost if I don't draw. It becomes more and more clear to me that my brain needs drawing and my body needs yoga! he he
I'll have to reserve some time for serious drawing soon, if I want to be more productive in painting.

November 07, 2014

Good morning!...


Good morning! 

It starts looking like I'm not working around here, but that's not so. :)
Teaching is one great thing, I'm happy to do it and I love to share with those who are eager to learn. But it requires time of course and enormous energy. After a day teaching I feel emptied like after a marathon or something, and also brain washed. I talked to a college the other day, who said he feels the same and also that he needs to nourish himself after a day with students. Nourish and receive, rather than offer it all. I totally agree, and the whole process takes time before you're able to  be effective. But of course you can do useful things during that "healing period", but it better be a little inspiring. If you only do paper work or clean the house with other annoying occupations, it might take longer or be less effective, (even though you can get satisfaction out of deleting that kind of things on your "do list"). Go to the museum, go for a walk bringing along a sketchbook, invite a friend for coffee or do yoga are what I prefer to do those days.

Meanwhile, there is a new sale this week on "One Kings Lane", with reproductions of two of my skyscapes if that could be of any interest to you. Here is the link: https://www.onekingslane.com/sales/45530


October 30, 2014

Helmet sea shell, or Cassis Cornuta...



Watercolor study of a Cassis Cornuta sea shell, also called Helmet Seashell. I got too dark on some parts, so I'll just continue, starting over again...

October 14, 2014

Onion peals...




Illusion of water...





One of yesterday's subjects and demo during painting class was "how to paint the illusion of water in a jar". Explanations about what makes it look like water and how to apply the paint get the impression of translucent water.
This session was preceded, last week, by learning how to make colored grey tones with primary colors. And how to match your mixes with any chosen color (except dark colors), by doing swatches using primary colors.

October 01, 2014

Exposition this week-end...

I have the honor to inaugurate the 21st year of existence of Atelier du Passage, with an exposition together with watercolorist Isabelle Corcket, this coming week-end.
You are all very welcome to the vernissage taking place friday the 3rd of october, at 6:30pm, or to come during the week-end between 3-7pm.


L'Atelier du Passage 
7 Passage du Geffroy-Didelot
75017 Paris 








September 25, 2014

Good habits...



The beginning of the year (which is september for my students) is the perfect moment to recommend good habits in watercolor class. It could be to take the time to plan what to paint, with value sketches in pencil, trying out different compositions of the subject. A little bigger monochrome watercolor sketch of the most attractive composition is a good way to confirm the choice or maybe modify it, if needed. But also to "loosen up", gain confidence and experience, just as get used to the brushes, paint and water.


September 24, 2014

"Oldie" in my sketchbook...


Family issues makes it impossible for me to work right now, but I keep faith that it will soon be better and possible to work frequently in my studio again. I can only manage to do what's urgent and most necessary. Anyway, here is an "oldie" from my sketchbook meanwhile... I think the summer light in the sketch matches the date it's made quite well.