December 08, 2017

December 01, 2017

A still life technique in watercolor...



Still life with done for students starting with the negative spaces (back ground), saving shapes of subjects. Before it dries, let the background color come in and make the first layers of shadow shapes while blurring contours on subjects (the pot and leaves). We can speed down and lay the colors on objects and if needed reinforce shadows, colors again or even background when dry. Make the main point of interest more obvious by adding contrast in color and contours. (This was a fast demo to get a loose feel of execution and result, the irregular background can be avoided if painting more carefully paying attention to quantity of color, water and paper humidity.) My students tend to be cautious and stiff while painting, this way of painting can help to loosen things up.
Below is the same kind in blue, monochrome still, also done  in class a few sessions earlier. Great results and visual effect can be obtained with this exercice and when done without drawing you get the most out of it. Good luck !



November 28, 2017

Two versions of Lemons with leaves...




Hello, I'm not very updated on my blog, compared to Instagram where it's so much easier to show latest news, so to catch up here are two studies done of lemons with their leaves. They are done a few weeks ago and painted after slow drawing sessions from observation so too loosen up I painted without drawing and fast when putting first washes down, when that is dry I tend to slow down a little when adding shadows with second and third layers, but I still have the feeling of the first washes. You can also stay with only one go and one layer of course.
I recommend anyone to paint directly or draw directly with a ballpoint pen or any material that takes away the security when painting. You won't be afraid to mess up your paintings when getting used to it. Just paint no pain !

(50x32cm, paper is white, sorry for bad pictures!)

November 25, 2017

Still life "Grapes in white bowl"...



What I prefer in this still life is the little unrealistic graphic result, also when just a part stands out with details and light.

November 10, 2017

Back to figure drawing...





Tried out a new session of figure drawing yesterday I really hope I'll manage to go there regularly, that it will be a possibility that at lasts for a while. It's so healthy for any drawing which get so rusty and awkward without it. Looking forward next time already.

October 23, 2017

October 04, 2017

"Warm up page" in Moleskine...



Got of the track again last two weeks, still messy in my head and today I tried desperately to find peace with small work in my Moleskine. A god way to warm up.

September 26, 2017

Moleskine page...



I was in such a good shape to work ten days ago it was smooth and easy, then a phone call changed the following week and no time left to work... now another serious trouble came up, with a complicated period emotion wise but through which I hope I will stay strong and able to work anyway. It's the only way to get things done. Stay strong and focused, get other things out of our head. Here is a little doodle sketch in my sketchbook, no drawing just painting is the best advice I could get those who want to loosen up there sketches.

September 21, 2017

Mauritius Moleskine pages...




Just trying to catch the mood of the light and day with sketches like these. Here views towards "Ile au Benitier" and "Rivière Noir" on the top and "La Gaulette village" at the bottom.

September 09, 2017

Still life painting in my new work space...




I've been finishing installation in my new workspace lately and I'm slowly getting used it, with new feelings and moods. Mostly happy and contente ones and my optimism is growing each date. Must get disciplined with wake up hour to get a maximum out of the day to also have enough peace in mind to do everything including going out to get air. Twice this week it turned out complicated (only got to the bakery in the evening (!)) so I can improve on that. Improve on getting effective, which seems much more reachable now.
Here is a watercolor I did as a try this afternoon, things could be developed on it but I prefer to leave it as it is to continue on a new one with those things in mind, which are only possibilities to explore. This way I will paint more without getting too focused on each painting. My goal is to develop gesture and technic but above all work on compositions, to search and practice, to just paint for now !
This year I'm also mentally ready to try some acrylics or oil painting again. No other pressure...

September 05, 2017

Mauritius lagoon and cloud...




It's funny how reduced the result looks here on the blog... again my conclusion is that drawings and paintings are really to be looked at in real life at short distance.

September 03, 2017

Mauritius Moleskine pages...




I have a hard time to convince myself to sit in front of the computer since I came back from vacation, but here are two pages in my Moleskine I brought home from Mauritius. I could paint endless subjects there if I went for that and if I had another month to spend there. It's always complicated for me to isolate myself and paint on family vacation. But even so I do come back inspired, after a few weeks of contemplation and observation. I'm sure it leaves traces in the mind, when not on the paper. Weather was also a little complicated this year, but that's fine we had a great time anyway. A few more to come...

Skies from kitchen window...




Air looked clear today and I couldn't resist the cloudy sky!
To be back in town is though as usual, far from mother nature. But this is where we work so I guess it will do for now. September as usual comes with a feeling of renewal, but this time there is some new things for real which makes it more exiting than usual to deal with. New working conditions might make a difference hopefully...

July 07, 2017

Sketchbook page and latest news...



This isn't a resent page but the mood of the last days might be there. I haven't been able to work lately as I'm helping my daughter who's moving into her own place. I thing I'm little less than halfway now from moving myself back into my home studio where I can work again. I'm going away a long week to the south of France but I hope it will be all finished before the end of the month. I'm happy for my daughter who I think found a place and neighborhood where she will like to be. We can meet and have nice time together as long as she stays in Paris so I'm happy too although, as she says, maybe she's out for always. Hopefully, I wish for her.
Of course I'm also very pleased to be able to work in my own place soon!

June 25, 2017

My Moleskine today...



The wave of suffocating heat is over and we got a more, for me inspiring light and and temperature... we can breath again. This is the view on Montmartre's north side with Sacré Coeur on the top, seen from my window.

Just found this other version from last autumn among sketchbook pages. Funny how different the colors and mood can be... and the sun is clearly lower in the sky...

June 06, 2017

Now in "Pratique des Arts"....


New pages with exercises + "mini tutorial" videos in "Pratiques des Arts"
(N°134, June-July 2017)
An error though; a drawing of my friend and great artist Juankar Cardesin is published without giving his name. (in red circle below). My apologies to Juankar! 

Nouvelles pages d'exercises + "mini demo" videos dans Pratiques des Arts 
(N°134, Juin-Juillet 2017)
Une erreur c'est glissée dans ces pages; un dessin de mon ami et grand artiste Juankar Cardesin y est reproduite sans citer son nom. Je lui présente mes excuses! 
(Entouré de rouge ci dessous) 





First time videos for me; one try one take! Not so easy to do this with a camera around my head!
This article talk about "gesture" I would rather say "fear"... as gesture comes after the fear is gone and confidence boosted. These exercises will treat your fear more than develop directly your gesture. To develop your gestures I would add the advice to work in standing position, with big sizes using your arm or body more than just hand. 

Une première pour moi ces videos; "ça tourne" en une seule prise ! Pas si simple avec une camera autour de ma tête ! Ces pages dévoilent des exercises pour travailler le geste, ils effaceront plus vos peurs en premier, les gestes suivront et la confiance aussi. Pour developper vos gestes je vous recommande de travailler debout, avec des grands formats vous servant des bras et du corps en plus que juste la main. 

May 30, 2017

Landscape sketches last week-end...




Not so easy to paint landscapes, first to find an interesting view and then render what you see... adding what you need to make it work or not adding what doesn't. Often you just have a great time painting even if the result is not super interesting. This time it started to rain heavily and out of a blue sky, or was it me who was too busy to pay attention? Had to run to save everything from getting soaking wet in a second!