Friday, December 19, 2014

Col fraise

     Col fraise , huile 10x10cm, 

    
   All those little things I found in flea markets make my desk look like a cabinet de curiosit├ęs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Babouches

Coming back from an exhibition of Benjamin Constant. He studied painting in Toulouse when he was young , before he moved to Paris. There are several of his work in Toulouse but a special and fabulous exhibition is taking place at the moment. It's focusing on his oriental paintings. I took a  lot of pictures and choose a detail from " Prisonniers marocains" as a reference to paint my own moroccan slippers. It was a great help for the color scheme especially.




My settings:




    Benjamin Constant "prisonniers marocains"1875 (detail)

   Benjamin Constant (detail)












Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cats ( Steinlen approach)

When I saw my two cats holding this pose yesterday ,it really reminded me Steinlen's paintings. You see with my reference picture how much I simplified the subject




Friday, December 5, 2014

Sun goddess

A nice little study of a statuette nearly real size. It actually appears to me being a sun goddess when I finish the painting. I think I 'll keep the subject for a finer work

   Oil on canvas paper 5x5 in

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wakouwa

Wakouwa are small wooden articulated toys. They move when one press underneath. I have a few of them which I have found here and there on bric a brac shops. Here the first two. more to come!






Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hands

    Hands study (washerwoman) 5x7in

 

    I love painting hands and feet. Last picture is a recent page from my sketchbook. 
    This is my son's hand.   He has long and thin hand and delicate gesture. I love to catch this gesture even if it's moving  a lot. Sketching his hands often had profound influence on the painting above

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Peonies

This  painting on canvas is a commission for a woman who wanted pink peonies, but let me decide about everything else. I could not find a bunch of real flower in november, but at least I choose a real vase, and worked part from a picture and part from two nice artificial flowers. I do not really paint flowers often but that was a nice challenge and the lady is satisfied












Friday, November 14, 2014

In the waves

    Petit baigneur 10x10cm

    Running in the waves 15x15cm

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sketchbook on holiday

I spent a few days in the countryside and did a few sketches of animals and landscape












Friday, September 12, 2014

Plein air in the cemetery

This morning I painted in an alley of Toulouse main  cemetery. This was a special experience, but very pleasant. So peaceful, with an obvious touch of italian landscape. I think I'll go back there soon (to paint...)  the big  columns on the left happened to be the funeral monument of a famous engineer of the 19th century, Aristide Berg├Ęs.
Bottom picture shows how I settled a sunshade on my bike to shade my painting




Monday, September 8, 2014