December 29, 2015

Went for a walk last night and saw this...



Went for a walk last night and saw this...
Lately I've been feeling attracted to night scenes, and painting this one I felt relieved starting something again I have in mind. I think there are things I can explore further here, so I'll try to do that as soon as possible before that inspiration runs away...

December 25, 2015

Exotic dream destinations...





After a few days break from brushes the need to take them out came back naturally tonight, also as I wanted to try my new paper. If I end up liking it I'll tell you more about it later on. For now I'm happy with it's reactions and the feeling it projects.

December 22, 2015

"God Jul"...



I thank you all for another year and I wish you a peaceful X-mas! 

December 10, 2015

Stuck...



Just thought I should try out that piece of indian paper again and that I had laying on my desk since months. I'm not convinced of the result, but maybe if I get convinced of my goals in general I'll get somewhere. If I find ONE interesting square centimeter in this painting or another one it could make me keep working and aiming for a goal. I'm stuck! I got to get some work done, get motivated, inspired or recharged with energy and belief again. I got to get to do paintings and drawings from life regularly again as that's the only thing that motivates me; the experience of the sensations observations gives. Painting from pictures could never give those feelings. They can only give training... eventually... but not really either.

November 27, 2015

November 25, 2015

November 23, 2015

First "underwater" demo for my students...



First try for this demo today... a bit stressful, but fun once "in the water", as no practice before and not my kind of subject.  As I had to do a second demo in the afternoon I then felt more spontaneous. It's not finished yet but my recommendation could be; don't hesitate to try to paint the same subject several times trying to perfect the method and strokes.

November 20, 2015

Composition research...




It has been a sad week here in Paris, things are different lately and it feels like it will stay like that. But how could Paris or the french ever change? We should't worry about that, they are too traditional and stubborn. I also realize how much I like my town and country, this has become my home after all. But this blog is not for any subject so I better get focused...
... this week I have in particular tried to make my students understand the importance of composition researches before painting. We usually start with the most obvious and less original possibility regarding the composition. But you can avoid this with an exercise. Good ideas come with a little research, by sketching different compositions. Keep them small and simple. Sometimes I let myself into details when doing these sketches, but that's not necessary. Only values and flat shapes are enough. You should also avoid equal quantities of darks, mid tones and light. Keep one of the three for small quantities or just accents to make contrast. Use the grid of thirds and try to include diagonals or lines and any point of view or distance. It can also help you to plan your soft or sharp edges and find the points of interest or focal point areas with or without contrast etc.


November 08, 2015

"Apples in plastic bag"...


 (watercolor, size 30x40cm )

Next year France is supposed to stop using plastic bags. I wonder how that will turn out (hope better than everything else). What will they replace them with? We better bring our own shopping bags (several) where ever we go. I have one, but it's not practical to put in my handbag in case I decide to buy a few apples somewhere. I better figure out a good idea.
These apples here were the best I ever had to eat, in my memory, until they turned red and soft. Slightly green, just picked from the tree, they offered an explosion in your mouth full of sweet and fresh juice with just a hint of acid. No pesticide no wax to worry about, only the plastic bag still...

November 01, 2015

Figure drawing session part II...





Figure drawing session...








A few studies from figure drawing session and a few words with those : 
I didn't learn to draw with "academic science". The few times I did draw the "cubic like" figures, to search for shape and proportions, I never insisted enough because it felt totally wrong to me. 
I rather try to observe as much as possible while I compare sizes, shapes or lines with each other together with the external shapes, of the human body. While I do my pencil is moving on the paper, or waiting for information to move in the right direction from what was observed. This means that I sometimes get things wrong, but I hope my drawings gain in personality this way, if I keep up with drawing through years to come. 
These are shorter poses, the longer are to come, even though never more than 20 minutes. When time is offered I try to draw bigger than this (these are around A4) and or developing details. When I go bigger I use to gain in expression in the line work, as I go faster with more energy.
Thank you for reading until here! 


October 29, 2015

Apples on stripes...



Wow, time flies and october almost over. I've been away a week and when things are not as usual I find it difficult to keep up with everything, like updating my blog. It was lovely to be in Dordogne again, weather and autumn colors where beautiful so we were lucky. We also met really nice and charming people, which is not always the case.
This painting was done a few weeks ago, in my drawing pad. I should have something more to come up with soon again if I go through my sketchbook.
I find it hard to sit in front of the computer and that's why I'm posting less right now. It gives me headache, maybe my screen is too bright or something. I'll have to check that out.

October 02, 2015

In the woods...




Lately I'm trying to respect my desire to spend more time developing my own work. For now it's going quite ok and I feel relieved for this as my "painting with pleasure" is growing, which is important to get going. For that I spend a day in the woods, another day figure drawing and the rest of the week working in other ways.
The only engine that gives energy to "work harder" is to "work hard". To get started it could be taking the time to paint or draw anything just for pleasure and see what happens, in bonus it can lead you somewhere unexpected. To do it whenever possible is the best.
I'm already feeling more positive, it comes as soon as I'm back to work actually. When I get anxious is mostly when I don't work enough. Having been reminded about this (again) I now feel more confident about how I'll manage this coming school year, hopefully being able to develop my students and myself at the same time. Time will show otherwise maybe, but at least I'm trying and with a new fresh joy.

September 23, 2015

September 07, 2015

Now on "One Kings Lane.com"...



A teaser on One Kings Lane's website today!
You you can find a collection of reproductions of my work there.

September 04, 2015

A woman in my drawer...



I ran into this figure drawing in my drawer, done a while ago, I and thought it could make a change around here... : )
After a second thought and observation of the surrounding atmosphere here on my blog lately I'll name her "la baigneuse". :D