Saturday, June 29, 2013

Les Pyrénées

Landscape from the Pyrenean mountains, when seen from a distance this painting has a nice soft light and a quite feeling

Friday, June 21, 2013


I am not often taking time to study after great master's painting. Though there is much to learn in studying somebody's else work I find it very impressive, first because I do not have an academic training . But I was really caught by the different grays of Hopper's staircase, and it was really in painting them that I realized how suble they were, and so difficult to get, I particularly love Hopper's parisian paintings. I used a  limited palette of yellow ochre, earth red and black plus lemon yellow

    Study after Stairway at 48 rue de Lille Paris by Edward Hopper
    5,5x8 in

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I love cats, I have two.This one has been my company for nearly nine years now, she is soft and nice and playful, and she is a great model for sketches! Her name is piouette but it doesn't mean anything!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Hands and feet

This is a painting I did for daily paintworks challenge. First I thought I could never have four hands painted in such a small size (6x6in)  I often sketch my own  hands or feet in my sketchbook , and I love the expressivity of my son's hand when I'm sketching him, but they're a bit less steady!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Le chateau d'eau

Plein air oil sketch of an old water tower now converted into an art gallery 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Back to an old session

Painting after a picture I took during a life session last winter.
I really like the look of the old sofa and the  many lines of the  easels, as well as the quiet and studious atmosphere

Below is the portrait I did then

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Toulouse oil sketch

Toulouse "place du capitole" the heart of the city, this is the wednesday weekly market

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Toulouse oil sketch

The river garonne riverside. The long brick building is an ancient hospital, the dome is the chapel 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Peacock challenge

Daily paintworks challenge seems to be a very good exercice that sometimes take you out of your comfort zone, sometimes confront you with unexpected subject or just gives a fresh trail to explore in this daily quest
From now on I'll do them all (new season's resolution)

I started the peacock intuitively, just trying to match background as was suggested 

In the end I found out I was using a split complementary tetradic limited palette, which in my case means blue green and yellow green  ( split complementary of red) with  red violet and orange red ( split complementary of green)

And gray of course to control values and because I don't like too much saturation, but in this subject I had to make an effort
Here is my palette after I found this organization . unfortunately the painting was already quite advanced, so I used a few colors out of this limited palette

I think it's a good option for this subject what do you think? You can give it a try!

There are lots of things I'd like to correct, but now it becomes a bit loaded with paint!  This combination could give much more vibrating colors fo sure! The best would be a fresh new start to strengthen this experience

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Mostly concerned with composition of circles into a square