May 27, 2011

Figure drawing sessions... (30)










Todays drawings from figure session. Here are some from 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20-25 minute poses. 
I'm finding out here that if I have longer poses in front of me I should draw bigger, if not I overwork the drawing. I prefer when it has something toward a quite precise result but sketchy and unfinished at the same time. But when we overwork it at least we are still looking and trying to understand what we see while putting down our notes on the paper, so it's useful for the next drawing that is supposed to be more spontaneous, hopefully... 

May 23, 2011

Watercolor sketch of the day...



A watercolor sketch to continue what I started last monday...
This watercolor is representing the atmosphere of the cafés in the "Jardin des Tuileries". It was a hot and sunny day today and quite a lot of people enjoying the peace that a park can offer. Also one of these days in Paris that could seem to be a perfect one in spring. This year we are spoiled with those, more than usual. But soon they will start alarming us about the drought in France and even Europe, so lets enjoy it as long it's "permitted".

May 18, 2011

Figure watercolor sketches...




I tried to keep to watercolor for todays figure drawing session, which was a pleasant change again. The short poses are a challenge when you use watercolor and you have to try to be spontaneous and accept the result, to just do it and let it be. What's strange too, is the mixture of energy in fast actions and the slower ones, when painting with watercolor and for limited time. I think it forces us to loosen up and to hang on to the essential and to a spontaneous result, instead of trying to do "a nice little watercolor painting".

May 16, 2011

Watercolor sketches of the day…




Since a few days I've been telling myself I should do more outdoors drawings and watercolors. Since my son left this morning for ten days, traveling with his school, I get some more precious time to work. 
So I got out there today, thinking it's best to start right away. I could have drawn for hours more if I had covered up enough, but as it wasn't the case and as it got windy and cold suddenly I finished trembling and hungry too, so I decided to stop before catching a cold...
On the top drawing is "Le Grand Palais", and the second as you can see is an old "Deux Cheveaux" that I found parked by the river Seine. Usually I don't draw cars but this "vintage" one was kind of inspiring. 


May 15, 2011

Study of the day...


Study of a pine tree today, after a nice walk in the forest with of my daughter and son. The drawing ended up a little symmetrical though... 


May 06, 2011

Figure drawing sessions... (27)









Had a quite productive session today, here are some of the drawings.

The top ones are 5 minute poses and the other 10-20 minutes.

May 05, 2011

My Moleskine today… (23)



Faces from this morning at the café while waiting for an appointment, I try to persevere with my "good habits" at the café. Soon I hope to refine my lines with less shadows and I'll try to get interesting compositions. When I draw I try to do it with reflection and determination, to get a better and better result and also to get more and more pleasure and fun out of it. What I mean is that I "think" a lot in between my drawings sessions, I avoid thinking or speculating of "what to do" while drawing.... then I just draw.

Figure drawing sessions... (26)






After a few weeks of a feeling of being lost, I'm starting to get back a little of my senses while drawing. It's terrible when we "loose it", and upon that, the fear that it might stay like that for long or maybe forever. Even though I really think that's how it works with this "art thing" - there are "ups and downs" and still stages. One must just accept it, live with it, and instead try to use the "lows" for doing other things to get inspired and stimulated again. 
Sometimes I get lost in my own questionings and doubts and even emptiness. Then everything seems to stop. This make me struggle against it, trying to get back to where I was. When it finally feels like I made my way back, I feel stronger than before, capable of taking new decision and in possession of new strengths and wills...