December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!...



.... running out ouf time suddenly!!
Hoping my simple wish make a difference for someone; I wish the best these days and for the coming year.
I also have another message about thinking of not consuming endlessly unnecessarily, try to keep our planet as clean as we can. Make a list of what we can do better and try to keep to that. We all have to do our best if we want our planet to be kind to us...
as I have no time left this is a recycled Christmas card, my wish being just as strong hopefully it will reach you anyway! Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2016

Moleskine pages from the Louvre II...






As I hoped I could go back to the Louvre today as they were open late this evening.
Next time I might try my bigger Moleskine. Hoping it's paper is the same as in this one as I bought it some time ago. This smaller sketchbook is quite new and it appears to be easier to use watercolor on it's paper now, as the quality has changed. Before the water didn't adhere to it, it was like greasy and not very uniform all over. But now it's a little better without that problem. The watercolors stay on the surface a little and that usually suites me. Of course it's not a watercolor paper and it can be tricky at first, but you can get a glowy effect in the light thanks to it's cream color.

December 19, 2016

Back to the Louvre...




Time flies and days run away.
I finally went back to the Louvre today.
I've had a few days off painting, this doesn't mean I don't think about it and I've found out the importance of the fact to have an idea or goal for each session, specially the ones at the museum. If I do just try to draw a copy of whatever scene I get terribly lost in my process, and bored. Although it could be seen like exercising, I better have another goal more than that. Now, having that in mind it's much more motivating and I already feel like going back after tomorrow.
(I should take the time to set my scan right, light is a little strong and it tends to reduce the reds in some parts.)

November 11, 2016

Moleskine pages from the Louvre I...





I needed a change today, also felt the urgence to start drawing again to get happier. It works actually! I feel the need to draw seriously and more regularly since a while now. The subtilities or expressional  strength only come with work and practice. When you draw less, or go back to it after a break, it's like picking up a physical exercice. You suffer.


November 03, 2016

"Still life with apples and rowanberries"...



A still life study with my students. After having studied apples alone in the beginning of the term, this time branches with leaves were added to start thinking about the surroundings of the subject. This is easier to do when there is something to play with, like leaves and branches. But it's still not so easy in the beginning. You can make soft leaves, sharp leaves, dark or light leaves, positive or negative leaves to create interest and atmosphere. To think and see negative and positive shapes is important and it becomes an habit with practice. From that point on you are able to see "the whole" and not only isolated objects.


October 29, 2016

Exposition

J'ai le grand plaisir et l'honneur de participer au 3ème Salon d'automne de Courtry :

October 28, 2016

Two still lifes...




These two watercolors are part of a group of still life paintings I've been working on lately.
(They are two big to scan and get good quality image, paper is white on the originals)

October 21, 2016

"Roses in the morning I"...



Some paintings we just have to do, for the experience of it. It might be some idea, old or new, that has to be explored. A step we have to take, an impression we have that we must go through it. This might lead to new discoveries, new lines to follow or only the conclusion that this was entertaining to do but the result is maybe not for me. It could be worth another try or maybe not. 

August 15, 2016

"Le Morne", (Mauritius)...




Conditions can be tricky when painting from a boat, but it's great fun. You have to paint fast and accept it's moving and changing directions, no use to draw. It forces you to observe fast and memorise first impressions. The mountains shapes changes as the boat moves on. So I think you can see the difference between the effect on these paintings and those showed below and painted on a quiet spot. 

August 09, 2016

Sketches from Mauritius...


 Fishing Sunday evening...

"Le Morne" from the boat...

"Rivière Noir" at à distance...

July 12, 2016

Article in french magazine "Pratique des Arts"...



 


 I'm happy to share this article by David Gauduchon in french magazine "Pratique des Arts" this month.