Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chateau de sable

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

Thursday, May 14, 2015


My original picture
Picture in b&w

Oil on canvas paper 5x8 in

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunrise in the pine forest

One morning I woke up early enough  to watch the sunrise through the pine trees. I did two sketches, about 20 mn each. Of course the quick change of light forced me to paint fast, but worst was the thousands of mosquitoes and I finally ran out the place with my face and hands covered by mosquitoes bites!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Path in the forest

A slightly different version, same palette


 Path in the forest 15x20cm

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Forest study, painting from sketch and picture in 4 steps

Back  home I work from my pictures which I turn black and white so I can achieve my own color harmony from memory and sketches. 
Before my trip I  bought Mitchel Albala's book on plein air painting which is full of good advices. 
 Here I started with a raw sienna underpainting according to the book instruction.

(Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice Mitchell Albala

As I work with watermixable oils on canvas paper, I  have less possibilities of removing and working with fluid paint, so it remains a quick and loose underpainting but still resolved composition and masses 

   step one Sketch  on location with many writen notes

     step two, taking and transforming a reference picture

   Black and white picture

    step three Underpainting

    step four Final color study 15x20cm