August 23, 2015

Clear water study...


Views from the boat (Mauritius)...





Difficult conditions on the boat today  whlie the guys were fishing. I love to study clouds on a blue sky painting or not doesn't really matter. Sure I always feel the urge for painting then but I can accept just to watch...

August 15, 2015

Moleskine watercolor sketch...



You might not see what this is. Could not matter so much but, but if you are wondering it's a hat salesman on the beach (Mauritius). 

July 27, 2015

Red apples...




Studies of apples done with my students this spring...
They still think it's difficult to render an apple and to see what I see. I mainly tell them too search for shadows and then see the level of the light parts. If the apples are dark it can be difficult not to start too dark in the light, so to avoid that go lighter and for the darks you should watch out not to make the red too brownish. Also that you take the right tube of red, primary reds can be tricky to mix what we usually call red.  You might have to buy a red that is as close as possible to the red of the subject. I woulds say ; "no rules, start looking". With the mixing methods I teach they should be able to identify and mix the color they need, or if not the case they will soon.

July 24, 2015

Studies of the nature, and dreaming...




Two sheets of notes from a day out in the woods near Paris some time ago. I dreaming of a house somewhere to be able to work outside surrounded by nature more often and easier. I'm confident, I'll get it one day and I better don't wait until we have saved money enough because that will never happen in a country like France where every penny goes to the state. I guess that's how the country and even Europe keeps floating (for now). Some pay for the others. Why don't all countries have the same tax system for example. Why are some so much cheaper than others and at the same time income taxes are lower... Why have a union, without having rules ? I guess it's too complex, with all these countries that are different in so many ways, to govern them equally...

July 15, 2015

Detail of plant along the road...



I'm just as interested in details surrounding me, as beautiful landscapes. For me it's easier to tell myself "I'll just do THIS". I'll do that lovely light impression on that leave there" rather that "I'll do that incredible landscape with it's beautiful sky and sun setting down". This painting of a plant growing along a tiny road in Bretagne is kind of "disorganized", but I've decided to accept it as it is. 
In general I only mess things up if I ad or change things afterwards. I really prefer when it's done in one go...