Saturday, April 26, 2014


This is  a landscape done in twice two hours painting session. I had a sketch, a reference picture but most of all personal memories as this is my childhood landscape.  I started with a warm gray underpainting and wanted the light and atmosphere remain cool and still. Dominating blue green with a little red counterpoint. I 'm happy with the result faithful with my memories, especiallly distant  hills and houses on the left side

     Step one
      Step two

As I want to offer this painting, I"ll frame it. This is a virtual framing done with "frame builder" app, useful tool to better plan a frame

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Watercolor, place saint Georges

I did not have much time to paint today, so I went on my experiment with watercolor at home  from a picture I took yesterday. This is another popular square in Toulouse. I decided to use watercolor nearly like gouache in the last layers, opaque and strong. Still not sure about the limited palette I'll be using outdoors

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Watercolor sketches

I tried watercolor for a change. I made a really tiny box with eight half pan so I can always keep colors in my bag together with my sketchbook . The lightest plein air material ever. 

    Toulouse le dôme de la grave

  saint Sernin

    quai Saint Pierre, my first try.. Really messy, red and green did not 
    mix as I wanted to but I like the composition

   place saint Georges, lunch time very crowded !

   Place du Capitole

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Nearly completed here is the address of my new online portfolio :

Thank you for visiting and thanks to everyone leaving nice comments on DPW! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Garage sale

Spring is back, a new treasure hunt season has begun! First garage sale this morning, my favorite Sunday walk. Sunny weather , a pleasant square in the city, lots of old, dusty, very cheap stuff. I  bought two old printer's boxes, three ancient pots of yogurt, and the best bargain was a jar which an old lady brought back from Spain in the sixties (Toulouse is just 300km from Spain), Seems to come straight out of a Velazquez.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

From my window

My first intention was to paint the nearby bloomy tree, which just became so beautiful these days. But it was too hard and I gave up ( for today) The white facade and bamboos were also a challenge.