Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Landscape inspiration

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
    Catalogue from the exhibition

And a few of my own studies  after Debat Ponsan (5x9 in) 


Using the same technique, this last one was done from a personal reference

Friday, November 20, 2015

Drawing from life

Once a week I draw from life. Poses last from 1 to 20 min maximum. Here are various results from last weeks. I like the energy of gesture drawing but also decided to study anatomy a little bit further, so probably 20 minutes is not enough!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Canal boat

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)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Out of bath

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

    Oil 8x5 in

    Roxanne from croquis cafe 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Countryside path in sunset

From the same place, I took a few pictures and did some quick sketches as the sun was setting. Summer  was very dry there and the countryside looked burned. Though the sky was bluer on my picture I liked the orange harmony.

Oil 6x8 in

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.

    Cow sketches inside
    Example for landscape, rings are not problematic

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Holding hat

I did these two little quick sketches in front of a mirror with a window backlight holding a hat on my head. They are not self portrait I just liked the pose

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Le grand rond

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

Oil painting 5x10 in

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rue Croix Baragnon

 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

Oil 15x15cm

Reference picture taken the same day

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sketchbook is a daily barometer

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)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Le pont neuf

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. 
For this study I used a limited cold palette of cerulean blue, red violet and lemon yellow.

Le pont neuf oil on paper 7,8x5in

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chateau de sable

Color study of my son playing in the sand on a sunny but cold day