September 28, 2012

A week without drawing...


Almost a week has gone without drawing. What conforts me is that I still miss it still every time there is a too long break!
The last session was an intensive one, hard work, but nothing much of new or interesting came up. Only the thought that I should draw really seriously this winter. Draw and paint should be an everyday goal, I red this advise the other day. It's the only way to get it YOUR way. I know it so well already, but lately it has been difficult to make it an action, more than usual.
To know something, like this, and have the feeling to adhere to it, but still don't do it...!! How can that be?
As I have other things I have achieved, I don't feel so frustrated. It feels more like; "Now it's time to start"! Home many times haven't I told myself that? Maybe I should say; "time to continue", it sounds better and feels better. : )

September 10, 2012

One session, three ways...





Many things dictates what comes out when I paint a figure... 
I prefer when it all goes quite fast. The first sight on the subject, creates an image in my mind. Quick lines on the paper confirm that image. The light and shadows make the volume stand out with their contrast. Contrast also in the hues - cool and warm colors search balance. The spots on the paper dictate what follows next each time, something goes wrong or doesn't fit; I paint it over to adjust it... sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. Not a big deal. Surprises can appear, whatever it is, I have to keep it or paint over it. I continue to work until I see some kind of interest in what's on the sheet of paper. I try not to give up too easily and also to let things happen, perseverence helps. 
With watercolor I also find that the paper decides an awful lot! I have difficulty to find the one that suites me best. I'll continue my research for the perfect paper. For sketches I prefer when the pigment stays in the surface, on drawing paper it does, but it's too thin most of the times and not really adapted to watercolor. I had a paper I liked... I'm using up the last sheets here soon, they have changed the production of it, now it has nothing to do with the same pack last year! Very disturbing for me! 

Watercolor of today...

September 03, 2012

Studies from Bretagne...






A few studies from Bretagne... The middle one is done earlier this year, then in july I returned to the same spot, on the beach of St Briac, to continue. 
Trees can be tricky to draw and paint, and I'm not quite satisfied with the watercolor ones here. I didn't paint the watercolor on sight, which means it can complicate things when I feel "lost", or don't know how to do something, or suddenly don't "feel" how to do it. When I only have my sketch and my memories as reference. But never mind for this one, I'll try to do better next time... 


September 02, 2012

Back to drawing...


My first shy attempt to start drawing again. Only searching for inspiration and concentration...

September 01, 2012

Back to figure drawing!...





Seems unreal to be figure drawing again! 
I escaped from home yesterday after a long summer without almost any figure drawing or much painting or drawing in general, not enough. I was busy with family stuff and keeping my son occupied most of the time. It was good too, I think he didn't have many days without knowing what to do. Summer vacation can feel quite long sometime, and he doesn't have any other family members to go... grandparents or others. But as I said we managed fine this year. 
Even so, now I feel a great satisfaction being able to go back in my drawing mood. (I'm glad I can at least draw with a broken rib! he he) I now have some expectations of evolution, even though I don't want to put too much of useless pressure on myself. I want above all to enjoy what I do and let things come to me, to be open for changes. I had some time to think the last months and as a result I have a few good resolutions on my list for this "rentrée"* concerning my work, which I hope will show later. 
An enjoyable "rentrée" to you all! 

*"La rentrée" - period when children go back to school, and also parents back to work, in France where the "congés payés"** is a rule of the systeme. It's like new year in other countries, many of us have new projects and hopes. 

** As an employee you have the right to take a determined time of vacation while still being payed.