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!

May 20, 2017

Jar with water, mixed media...



First try with collage. Silly but I always wondered how to glue collages and paint together. It does stick flat so that was no problem. Still the result is a bit clumsy. I'll have to get used to plan a little, work on composition in other ways and save materials for each work and also to have glue on my fingers...

May 17, 2017

Sketched Peonies in Moleskine...



Quick watercolor sketch of Peonies in Moleskine. Fast, no fuss, no drawing. A sketch like this can always get better, but acceptance of the result is also part of it. Working further on it, later, might be too visible, with the risk of overworking it. You have to be in the same mood as at the execution if you really want to ad something. Learn how to stop, don't ad paint because you have time left to do so. Accept it for what it is; a sketch. Analyze the painting, register what you are not satisfied with and try keep it in mind for all paintings to come... this is how you train yourself.

May 09, 2017

Pairs of Peonies in Moleskine...




Peonies studies with an ordinary ball point pen. Easy material to bring along wherever you go. If you have less time you might feel the need to use ink pencils or colored pencils of some other kind that are thicker and which covers up faster or gives you dark zones quicker, but this is also scarier as it marks the paper right away and. With this fine pen you can start light and ad layers.