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)


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