I borrowed a book about 19th century french painter Edouard Debat Ponsan. His style was very classical, but he also liked to sketch outdoors and the result, nearly impressionist, was the subject of a recent exhibition. I did some studies on dark wood panel after his work
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
We are lucky enough to have a nice september weather in Toulouse and to have this nice bicycle ride along the canal du midi. A nice plein air painting place. Thumbnails sketches with watercolor in my small sketchbook (9x7 in) and oil painting on canvas paper(8x6 in)
Posted by Chris at 4:19 PM
Monday, August 24, 2015
I didn't have much time to paint today..As I was seeking inspiration in the "croquis cafe" archive, I found a pose with a nice movement in the legs and arms. My first lines and construction were not right . So I put batches of color here and there.(to relax!) I liked the bright red in the hair, which immediatly transformed the pose into the story of a woman with a red towel coming out of bath and the painting began. I guess I could have worked it more, especially in the background, with more time/inspiration/skill... Below my reference photo and the painting
Posted by Chris at 5:26 PM
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
I've done a few sketches of cows. They were really curious about me standing here. I like their shapes, nice planes, simple and expressive.
Cows, oil 13x23cm
Here is the last (old) sketcbook I found. I like the ring bound because I can change pages forever and choose and try different paper each time as well. It's small (5x3.5 in) but I can do landscape on both pages. Together with my tiny watercolor box it's very handy for quick color studies.
Posted by Chris at 6:43 PM
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
This is one of the main public garden in Toulouse. It is round with a huge fountain in the middle. A nice place to breathe some fresh air those days. As usual now, I did a watercolor. sketch on location and the painting at home. I even forgot to take a reference picture, but I remain there much longer than the time of sketching and already observed this place many times. My painting came out with a much more yellow/violet combination than the sketch
Posted by Chris at 8:43 PM
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
My sketch on location
First stage of paintting
I decided to use a paper that was already tinted in violet.
I'm not starting on such dark background usually and that made me explore unusual contrasts.
The painting looks darker than the sketch
Posted by Chris at 11:33 PM
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
I've been drawing in sketchbooks for about 5 years, when I actually really started to paint. It's for drawing but also annotating , keeping memories of reading, theory, my own evolution and preoccupations. I'm glad I have them. They help me to believe I do have a guide line . After all...
I'm working more and more with watercolor as I need to solve color problems. I've done hundreds pencil drawings of my cats, but this one is enterely done with the brush, a new approach.
This is the very last sketch so far. I did it yesterday coming back home, a thumbnail as quick as a snapshot, with the little "emergency" kit that I allways have with me (the tiny watercolor box and water brush I mentionned before)
Posted by Chris at 11:31 AM
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
This is a view of le pont neuf in Toulouse by the river garonne. I've already sketched this place many times.I love to paint bridges, but I have trouble with representing water. Recently I've been very impressed by the work of modern russian impressionist Bato Dugarzhapov. So stunning! So inspiring! His light is wonderful.
At the moment I'm trying to work on the way I could break and abstract shapes and find better and more luminous color harmonies.
Posted by Chris at 8:23 PM