I've just started to fill up my sketchbook for the "Sketchbook World Tour 2012"...
September 30, 2011
September 29, 2011
Today I tried a new paper, a blue one, not particularly made for watercolor, I think, but it supported the water ok. As my subject was mostly blue I thought it would be worth a try. But for or now my preference goes for white or cream colored papers.
September 28, 2011
September 23, 2011
Exactly a week ago I set some goals for me and my artwork. Well, goals are hard to achieve, that's for sure!!
I hope I'm soon free from extra occupations like appointments with the plumber, the electrician, the bank, the doctors the teachers, inscriptions here and there and all the rest that comes with the month of september. September is soon over and I have to get some work done before!!
This quick drawing done this afternoon is like a shy start, but I hope it is a start of more work, and that it will take me somewhere. Anywhere! Hopefully to "unknown places".
Drawing a little bigger. I thought I should draw bigger and work on my compositions more when I draw people out there. Here the composition is maybe working but not making much sense though... unless I make a story up, which I guess is all right to do (and I should even do that more often!). Have to do better than this though...
September 20, 2011
September 18, 2011
Simple watercolor sketches, as trying to build up my feelings and flow with painting and also working alone after the summer brake. Something I'm supposed to do a lot more the coming months, as I have to push much further and deeper my personal work. So, more to come I hope...
September 16, 2011
September 15, 2011
Hey, I would like to present you Mr Squid!
We met one night in the slight light, clearing up the waters by the pier. I got to caresse him after watching him swim backwards and forwards in all directions, while changing his costume frequently and turning even transparent for a while. He wasn't shy at all! He let me touch his back and seemed to be watching me with with his big eyes, just like I watched him. This was an amazing experience for me, my first friendship with a squid! Didn't get the possibility draw his portrait, but I wanted to share this anyway.
September 10, 2011
A few more drawings from my traveling. Nothing much, but even so, every drawing I manage to get down on the paper makes me remember lots of things of that specific moment; the impressions, how I felt and lots of details of the environment. For me that's what makes the big difference between drawing and taking just photographs of what we see.
September 09, 2011
Happy to be back in "drawing mode" again!
Went for a coffee this morning with the perspective to draw. I felt peaceful and concentrated!! That's what I miss most when I don't draw for a while.
September 08, 2011
A few more drawings from my Moleskine notebook... tamarins, sea shells and... my son in the sun.
The dark seashell is a "Oliva-tremulina". It was alive, so I put it back into the sea, even if not without regrets. The other two are "Olives de Madagascar", I found two small ones one day on a spot and a few days later I was lucky and found a big one at the same place. Don't know why they were all empty, so pretty and shiny. Often I'm amazed and surprised how wonderfully created things are around us.
I'll have to post a picture of my findings later on so you can see for yourself.
Here I am, back from some traveling and from some time off in Mauritius. First of all I would like to thank you for still visiting my blog even if I'm "out" and thanks to my new visitors for their interest.
I have drawn only a little while away, (I also felt the need to rest even that part of my brain, he he), but I got a few drawings coming up...
I spent quite a lot of time snorkeling and searching for seashells. Other times when snorkeling I didn't see them, but now I know "how to look", and I finally there are plenty. They where not always clean or empty, but once in a while the luck was with me and I found a few really nice shells.
Here we got Mr. "Bernard l'Hermite" as we call them in France. Funny crabs in shells as I guess everyone has seen some time. This one was particularly cute, as he looked like wearing an helmut and I had an enjoyable moment drawing his "portrait".
The last picture shows a beautiful seashell with a crab too, that I found with my son Alix when snorkeling behind the coral reef. As we refuse to kill alive shells or shells with crabs we thought we might try to get the crab out of there somehow. Without any suffering of course! So, without too much hope, we put him in a bowl with sea water, sand and another empty shell, to see if he would fancy a new "home". He did!! A few moments later he was installed and ready to go back into the sea!